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John Giorno by Verne Dawson
Giorno Interview 01

A pioneer of New York’s downtown scene in the ’60s and ’70s recalls how he found his vocation as a poet.

John Giorno, Poet by Rebecca Waldron & Chris Kraus
John Giorno Feature 01

John Giorno’s influence as a cultural impresario, philanthropist, activist, hero, and éminence grise stretches so widely and across so many generations that one can almost forget that he is primarily a poet.

John Giorno’s Archives
Giorno Archives 144 01

A selection curated by Marcia Bassett

Felix Bernstein & Cecilia Corrigan
Felix Bernstein 1

“I don’t think being a cynical, academically oriented deconstructor should stop one from being a wild and crazy performer.”

Body Sweats: The Uncensored Writings of Elsa Baroness von freytag-Loringhoven by Mónica de la Torre​
Elsa Baroness von freytag-Loringhoven 01

Mónica de la Torre interviews the late Elsa Baroness von Freytag-Loringhoven (yes, you read that correctly) in honor of the publication of Body Sweats, a collection of her uncensored writings.

Yvonne Rainer’s Poems by Corina Copp
Yvonne Rainer 01

Corina Copp contrasts the theatrical work of Yvonne Rainer with her new collection of poems, which are private and resistant to narrative, rejecting abstraction and decorative language.

Burning Billboards by Jacob Boyd
Jacob Boyd 01

The night I set off into dry weeds
with a red plastic gas can

Anne Waldman’s In the Room of Never Grieve by Leah Greenstein

Anne Waldman includes in her books chants, cantos, sestinas, haibun and elegies, demonstrating her intellectual and creative range and drawing on her studies of spirituality, mythology, and philosophy.

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