Playlist: Cover to Cover with Jack Foley for May 4, 2011 - 3:00pm

A fund drive show. The premium Jack is offering is his new book from Pantograph Press, Visions and Affiliations: A California Literary Time Line / Poets & Poetry 1940-2005. The book is in two volumes, the first 1940 to 1980, the second 1980-2005. It totals 1, 128 pages, and it covers all of California—not just the north or the south but all of it. Work by both known and unknown poets is included.

This is how the book is described on the back cover:

Visions & Affiliations: A California Literary Time Line—Poets & Poetry 1940-2005 is a chronoencyclopedia of a scene that stretches over sixty-five years. People, ideas, and stories appear, disappear, and reappear as the second half of the century moves forward. Poetry is a major element in this kaleidoscopic California scene. It is argued about, dismissed, renewed, denounced in fury, asserted as divine, criticized as pornographic. Poetry is as Western as the Sierra foothills, and the questions raised here go to its very heart. Beginning with the publication of Kenneth Rexroth’s first book, this all-encompassing history-as-collage plunges us forward into the 21st Century. “California authors keep generating massive anthologies in an attempt to tame the chaos of California, to pretend it isn’t there. Yet there it is—staring them in the face like a great bear, alive, hungry and more than a little dangerous.”

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