Ronald Arthur Biggs (London, 8 August 1929 – London (well, technically) 18 December 2013)
It’s been back-then week, mostly. Sad, but expected, to see most of these books out-of-print but, hey, all you need to read is digitalised and online, innit? Lincoln Kirstein’s Rhymes of a PFC, Asa Benveniste’s Listen (published by Ray DiPalma’s Doones), Jean Calais’ (Stephen Rodefer’s) Villon, Auden’s Commonplace Book, Joe Ceravolo’s Spring In This World Of Poor Mutts, Joe Brainard’s The Friendly Way and New Work, Doug Woolf’s Signs of a Migrant Worrier, piero heliczer’s The Perfect Detective, Fee Dawson’s An Emotional Memoir of Franz Kline….. all are worth the effort of finding second-hand copies or a decent library. Robert Sheppard’s A Translated Man and Andy Spragg’s A Treatise On Disaster can be clicked on. And I’m sure you can track down The Do How (try the Portland area and a search for Great Fainting Spells).
A drawing by Bruno, then four or five, of our room in Colchester around 1970. What interests me is that he has accurately copied Aram Saroyan’s lighght poster. The original was destroyed in a flood. Then, looking through a 1972 issue of Phil Smith’s Gegenshein Quarterly (1972) I came across this Serial Drawing by Lloyd (then 14) I’d completely forgotten. It’s now clear to me I owe him thanks for putting the form of my later collages into my subconscious. Finally, the handbill for an early show of those collages.
2. Zephyrus Image Traces
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All from the post-San Francisco period, up in Healdsburgh, Sonoma. This is a paper fortune-teller, like in school. Squash in and out then pick a number. It was the time the Russian River was being dammed and the wine entrepreneurs were moving in. The central image shows it opened out.
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Holbrook, Michael and I were planning a printed Mobius Band: this is the type sample with his note. Free Streets is self-explanatory. The birds list was printed for a Sierra Club visit.
3. Long Ago And Far Away
Allen and Gregory in Tangier. Print given to me by Gregory, along with a snip of the negative, back in 1961 after I had a photographer friend develop the Minox film privately for them.
(from) My Mother Doesn’t Know I’m On The Stage Billy Bennett BBC
Liwumanshi (Nezy) Negro Band Le Negro Band à Paris
The Deepest Shelter In Town Florence Desmond BBC
I Lost My Step In Nantucket Stan Tracey Jazz Suite (Inspired By Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood)
End Of Enemy Interlude (1940) Wyndham Lewis
Quatre Chansons avec Sanza- Lari Various Artists Congo (volume 18)
Are You Lonesome Tonight Denis Norden BBC
R.I.P. Stan Tracey (December 30th 1926 – December 6th. 2013)
Direct download: sandwich.mp3
July 18th 1918, Mvezo, South Africa – December 5th 2013, Johannesburg, South Africa
Late May/early June 1970. My first visit to the US. David Ball and I were wandering about the Lower East Side when on the corner of E 6th and 2nd Ave we spotted this. My book Lion Lion was fresh out from Trigram in London. We saw it as an omen.
Later David went back and took this photograph. His father Harry had the film developed and sent me a print. 43 years on it’s a mere couple of clicks for me to see the changes.
(You Were) Always On My Mind Barbara Jones Trojan Records Presents Reggae Love Songs 2
Sinsimba Super Rail Band Orchestre du Buffet Hôtel de la Gare de Bamako
This Magic Moment Lou Reed Till The Night Is Gone: A Tribute To Doc Pomus
Blues Walter Smith III (Ambrose Akinmusire, Aaron Parks, Robert Glasper, Lionel Louke, Lage Lund, Vicent Archer, Reuben Rogers, Kendrick Scott, Eric Harland, Matt Kilmer & Gretchen Parlato) Casually Introducing (2006)
The Auld Triangle Chris Thile, Chris Eldridge, Marcus Mumford, Justin Timberlake & Gabe Witcher Inside Llewyn Davis: Original Soundtrack Recording
A Side Order Of Hijiki Kenny Garrett Pushing The World Away
You Were Always on My Mind Faron Young single
Direct download: bastart.mp3
A chance to subscribe to, and support, the publication of the second volume of Bill Griffith’s poems by Reality Street: Collected Poems & Sequences (1981-91)
A letter and enclosure from my friend Barry Hall, then living in the Masai Mara in Kenya. For those who can no longer read handwriting, I transcribe:
23 Nov 91
Dear Tom and Val,
Fucking Christmas again init! How are things? The enclosed picture is a cibachrome print from an Xray – Local Massai(sic) went on a cattle raid to Tanzania was shot in the head, walked over 300ks back in to Kenya to hospital to have the arrow removed. The opperation(sic) was a success he went home a week later – was a bit put out – terrified in fact; by the picture of his head.
Thought you would like a print.
Life’s much the same – few commercials – Fishing lots and painting I’m happy to say – Family’s fine –
Love to you and Val.
Barry + Beth
Hommage aux Martyrs du 16 Janvier 1977 I T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo BORG 007
Always on my Mind Brenda Lee Single
from I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue BBC
O Nosso Paula Morelenbaum Berimbaum
Jole Blon Waylon Jennings(Buddy Holly, guitar) Waylon Jennings: The Country Biography
No Mas Amor (With Alison Krauss) Willie Nelson To All The Girls…
You Are Always On My Mind John Wesley Ryles Single
Hommage aux Martyrs du 16 Janvier 1977 II T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo BORG 007
Direct download: mimoire.mp3
Amiri Baraka & Edward Dorn: The Collected Letters. University of New Mexico Press.
Scarlet Shadows, Lucent Shade: Essays by John Temple. Untitled, POBox 1270, Beacon, NY 12508 (ISBN 0-9778618-2-1). No web presence.
A Mammal Of Style, Ted Greenwald & Kit Robinson. Roof Books, NYC
Muhammad and the Islamic Tradition, Emile Dermenghem. Longmans, London. Out of Print.
Scenes of Life at the Capital, Philip Whalen. Grey Wolf Press, Bolinas. Out of Print.
Today, going through the boxes, I found my copy of Ed Dorn’s “Slinger” from 1975. Around it was the dust-jacket we made a few of at Zephyrus Image for Dorn’s reading of the work at the San Francisco Museum of Art in November of that year. Holbrook Teter had set the type for the book, Rob Rusk had taken the author’s photograph and Michael Myers had carved an initial “g” for the beginning of Book IIII. We used a drawing Michael had made on a napkin at the corner Pub and I scribbled some quick quotes. In the pages of the book I found a review by Michael McClure, a letter from my son Lloyd, a Biorhythm print-out, and the Guest Pass to the reading. Snippets.
It looks as if various blogspot.uk sites for Bill Knott (collected poems; prose) have been removed and they are also not retrievable on Wayback Machine. The only current links I can find are:
There is a 50pp pdf file of poems
and his google+ page is
Morons to the left of us, morons to the right of us…..
The National Audit Office report…..
…concludes that going to A&E and then being admitted has become the “default route” for urgent and emergency care.
Watch out! Here comes a quota!