Groundwork: Before the War/In the Dark

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8.54 X 8.44 X 0.81 inches | 1.24 pounds

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About the Author

Robert J. Bertholf (1940-2016) served as the curator of the Poetry Collection at the University of Buffalo for twenty-five years. He is the author and editor of numerous books, including several about Robert Duncan and his work.
James Maynard received his M.F.A. in Poetry at the University of Alabama. He has been twice awarded the Alabama Prison Arts & Education fellowship. His poetry has appeared in many journals, online and in print, most recently Permafrost, New Orleans Review, and Otis Nebula. A chapbook, Throwaways, is available from his website. Currently residing in his hometown of Portland, Oregon, he puts in his time writing poetry, gardening, web development for his favorite bookstores or presses, and, most recently, fatherhood. Find more poems and information at
Robert Duncan (1919-1988) was a 20th century American poet affiliated with the San Francisco Renaissance and Beat movement. Duncan has been widely venerated as a visionary genius of American poetry: Allen Ginsberg described his work as "rapturous wonderings of inspiration"; Gwendolyn Brooks called it "a subtle spice"; Susan Howe pointed to Duncan as "my precursor father"; Lawrence Ferlinghetti said he "had the finest ear this side of Dante"; Marge Piercy speaks of his "deep sense of the history of poetry and of the spoken world"; John Ashbery honored him as "the alchemist of modern poets"; Robert Creeley dubbed him "the magister, the singular Master of the Dance.
Michael Palmer was born into an Italian-American family in Manhattan in 1943 and has lived in San Francisco since 1969. He has taught at numerous universities in the United States, Europe and Asia, and has published translations from a variety of languages, in particular French, Brazilian Portuguese and Russian. He has been involved in joint projects with many visual artists and composers in the United States and elsewhere and has also served as an artistic collaborator with the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company for close to fifty years. Palmer's honors include two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writer's Award, a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, the Shelley Memorial Prize from the Poetry Society of America, and he was awarded the 2006 Wallace Stevens Award. In 1999, he was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.


For Robert Duncan...the poem is a universe in itself, and a soul...-- "Time"
Robert Duncan's work has for decades been a recurrent testimony and reminder that poetry had to do with music, with vision, with the live of the soul--not to the exclusion of all else, or indeed of anything, but on the contrary as ground and environing air for whatever the range of experience may be.--Denise Levertov
Duncan believes in the demiurgic powers of poetry, restoring to it a kind of authority it has not had in a long time...One would have to go back to Dante to find such belief in angels. The angels that Rilke doubted are there for Duncan to converse with.--Andrei Codrescu "The Baltimore Sun"
The poetic tradition that Duncan invokes is necessarily heretical--politically, sexually, and poetically--one which sees 'always under the side turning' in a search for the fullest definition of social order.--Michael Davidson "The Los Angeles Times"