Monday, March 9, 2009

Aimless Reading: Anthologies, Part 1 (Here Comes Everybody)

Gatza, Geoffrey &
Phillips, Lance, eds.
Here Comes Everybody:
An Anthology

One of the few extant copies of this notorious collection of interviews with writers culled from the blog of the same name. It was taken out of circulation almost immediately after production due to numerous issues with permissions and at least one threatened lawsuit. Too bad, because it's enormous and covers a lot of ground among contemporary poets. It was given to me by Geoffrey Gatza as a gift right after it went out of print.

I'll excerpt a bit from the end in which Stacy Szymaszek asks Robert Creeley a question in a 2002 interview:

Stacy: I read somewhere that Gary Snyder said: "In the spiritual and poetical loneliness of America in the 50's you'd hitch a thousand miles to meet a friend." Do you think this level of camaraderie between poets is still culturally possible? Necessary?

Creeley: For me it has certainly been possible and necessary -- to feel a world was possible initially, and then to keep faith with its company. Poets, despite the emphasis so familiar on their "loneliness," are really very social people, fact of community, of ways of saying the world, of bearing witness and testament. Remembering that the fifties were the time of "The Lonely Crowd" and of insistent public "silence" not unlike that presently the case, "the distances," as Jonathan Williams also spoke of them, were often very harsh and corrosive. Yet one held on -- and would gratefully, as Gary suggests, drive hundreds of miles to find a like spirit.

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