May 21, 1989
Regarding the poem "Homage to John Cage" by Gerald Locklin (Book Review, April 30): My congratulations to Mr. Locklin who has brought blank verse to a fitting climax! ADELE MILLARD NORTH HOLLYWOOD Homage to John Cage by Gerald Locklin Editor's Note: Gerald Locklin's poem is reprinted above as it appeared in the April 30, 1989, Book Review. John Cage is the composer of, among other works, 4'33," which consists of a pianist sitting at his instrument in silence for four minutes and 33 seconds.
July 2, 1989
As one of Gerald Locklin's publishers, I'm pleased that he followed the advice in a recent newsletter I wrote for authors who have published books to their credit: Be controversial. I'm astounded, though, at what it takes to be controversial these days. His poem "Homage to John Cage" is written in the style of Richard Brautigan's "1891-1944" (same "text" as Locklin) from "Rommel Drives On Deep Into Egypt," the "text" of which is claimed to be "original" by several of your readers. I'm willing to bet a cup of coffee that Locklin knew his poem was influenced by Brautigan, but that few of your other readers were aware of this.
March 22, 1987 |
CHARLES BUKOWSKI is 66 years old, with a sandblasted face, warts on his eyelids and a dominating nose that looks as if it was assembled in a junkyard from Studebaker hoods and Buick fenders. Yet his voice is so soft and bemused that it's hard to take him seriously when he says: "I don't like people. I don't even like myself. There must be something wrong with me." Despite having lived in Los Angeles for more than 60 years, outside certain in-group literary circles Bukowski is either unknown or regarded as a hard-drinking womanizer who knocks off some flashy poetry on the infrequent occasions that he's not too drunk to type.
December 20, 2002 |
A consumer's guide to the best and worst of sports media and merchandise. Ground rules: If it can be read, played, heard, observed, worn, viewed, dialed or downloaded, it's in play here. One exception: No products will be endorsed. What: "The Los Angeles Bards -- Live in Pasadena" CD Producer: Stone Mountain Entertainment Distributor: Hen House Studios, Venice Price: $14.99 Kirk Gibson's dramatic home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series has been described in many ways.