Saturday, March 22, 2008

TAU by Philip Lamantia

I've spent this afternoon and evening reading a "lost manuscript" of Lamantia's entitled, "Tau," now available from City Lights Books. The editor Garrett Caples surmises it was written in the early-mid 1950s, thus making it a bridge-of-sorts between his early work and the publication of "Ekstasis" in 1959. Thanks to City Lights Books and the Estate of Philip Lamantia for making this work available--it may even attract more readers to Lamantia's explosively ecstatic work. His work is monumental, a purely transcendent experience.

Included are the poems of John Hoffman whose work Lamantia read at the famous Six Gallery Reading.

"(...) despite its literary and historical importance, Hoffman's work has never before been published.:

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