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The Tower of Babel Fiction An established writer from an Eastern college returning to his former San Francisco haunts becomes entangled in a labyrinthine series of events that culminate in the sudden violent death of a respected poet Described by Lewis Ellingham and Kevin Killian as a satiric look at the private world of poetry gone public in the wake of the Six Gallery HOWL reading of October THE TOWER OF BABEL includes finely detailed sketches of the San Francisco poetry world and gay life as they existed then


About the Author: Jack Spicer

Jack Spicer January 30, 1925 August 17, 1965 was an American poet often identified with the San Francisco Renaissance In 2009, My Vocabulary Did This to Me The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer won the American Book Award for poetry.Spicer was born in Los Angeles, where he later graduated from Fairfax High School in 1942, and attended the University of Redlands from 1943 45 He spent most of his writing life in San Francisco and spent the years 1945 to 1950 and 1952 to 1955 at the University of California, Berkeley, where he began writing, doing work as a research linguist, and publishing some poetry though he disdained publishing During this time he searched out fellow poets, but it was through his alliance with Robert Duncan and Robin Blaser that Spicer forged a new kind of poetry, and together they referred to their common work as the Berkeley Renaissance The three, who were all gay, also educated younger poets in their circle about their queer genealogy , Rimbaud, Lorca, and other gay writers 1 Spicer s poetry of this period is collected in One Night Stand and Other Poems 1980 His Imaginary Elegies, later collected in Donald Allen s The New American Poetry 1945 1960 anthology, were written around this time.In 1954, he co founded the Six Gallery in San Francisco, which soon became famous as the scene of the October 1955 Six Gallery reading that launched the West Coast Beat movement.



10 thoughts on “The Tower of Babel

  1. says:

    Spicer s attempt at a novel is, appropriately, cryptic, furious, and bitchy His prose is actually pretty great he learned a lot from the stacks of pulp novels he kept around, I guess, and its a bizarrel


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