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Renowned Berkeley Poet Commits Suicide; the Clog Stops to Reflect

Posted By Dena Fehrenbacher On Dec 2, 2007 @ 9:08 pm In News | Comments Disabled

 

 With the news that seems to be clustering all around us–from the loss of the axe [1] to the year-long inability to get rid of [2] the tree-sitters–the Clog has been very pissy and flustered. Who can blame us? These are fairly big deals.But then, we read that Landis Everson, a member of the Berkeley Renaissance poets of the 1940s and 1950s, passed away [3]. And we wondered what the definition of a “big deal” is.When the Berkeley Renaissance poets drifted apart in the early 1960s, Everson stopped writing poetry because “for him poetry is a communication between friends, not a commercial enterprise.”Everson’s friends were Jack Spicer, Robin Blaser and Robert Duncan, the core members of the Berkeley Renaissance poets (a movement part of the San Francisco Renaissance [4]).Though we are not trying to be downer or trying to imitate the sappy end of a Full House [5] episode (we do that on our English papers), sometimes it’s nice to step back and realized that tree-sitters and football games are not the biggest deals in the entire world. People won’t remember what the tree sitters ate for Thanksgiving [6]. But they will remember that which is truly transcendent.On the Terrace [Poets.org [7]]Renowned Berkeley poet commits suicide at age 81 [Oakland Tribune [3]]

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URLs in this post:

[1] loss of the axe: http://clog.dailycal.org/2007/12/02/stanford-finally-breaks-big-game-losing-streak/

[2] get rid of: http://clog.dailycal.org/2007/11/15/something-else-happened-at-the-nuclear-free-vegan-save-the-trees-zone/

[3] passed away: http://www.insidebayarea.com/search/ci_7588782?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com

[4] San Francisco Renaissance: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco_Renaissance

[5] Full House: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rs61cnX7pvg

[6] ate for Thanksgiving: http://clog.dailycal.org/2007/11/23/thanksgiving-in-a-tree-and-grandmas-going-to-jail/

[7] Poets.org: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/19613

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