presented by CHAX PRESS, with help from POG

288 N. Church Ave. in downtown Tucson
$5 at the door, $3 for students (we don't turn anyone away)
Contact: Chax Press: 520-620-1626

In the last several years, CHAX PRESS and/or POG have established a Tucson ground-breaking series of readings by such writers as Robert Creeley, Robin Blaser, Joanne Kyger, Alice Notley, Bernadette Mayer, and more, writers who were sparkplugs in the poetic revolution of the 1950s and 1960s that has changed the landscape of American poetry from one of "tradition" to one of "energy," from an East Coast-centered poetics of Quietude to a global practice of visionary poetry. Within that seachange, David Meltzer is a must-see poet we are fortunate to bring to Tucson. All the better that he is accompanied by Michael Rothenberg, an outstanding poet who has also edited the collected poems of several of those writers who entered our poetic history from 1950 to 1965.

My friends, this is one not to be missed. Also look ahead to another poet who is a part of this great American wave, David Gitin, together with Frank Parker, presented by POG on October 27 at 7pm at Stone Ave. Gallery, 2007 N. Stone.

Other upcoming Chax or POG and related events include
Oct. 8, Cushing Street Poetry, 198 W. Cushing St., 8pm: Jefferson Carter & John Spaulding
Oct. 11, MOCA, 6pm, 174 E. Toole in downtown Tucson, poetry/poetics lecture: "Away We Shall Float: Where Poems Take Us." MOCA Lit is pleased to host award-wining poet and founder of Chax Press Charles Alexander as he shares the pleasure of poetry as writer and reader. Alexander will discuss his work vis a vis  Hugo Ball and bpNichol under the theme of poetry as the language of excess.
Oct. 14, noon to 5pm, UA Poetry Center Housewarming Festival. Reading with music & more, at Poetry Center new location, 1508 E. Helen St. Poets include Brenda Hillman, Charles Alexander, Richard Shelton, Jane Miller, Robert Hass, Steve Orlen, Alberto Rios, Alison Deming, & more.

Chax Press & POG events are made possible in part by contributions from the Tucson Pima Arts Council and the Arizona Commission on the Arts, with funding from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts.


In 1960, David Meltzer's poems appeared in the ground-breaking anthology,
The New American Poetry. He has gone on to create a substantial body of work
that is pervaded with "a kind of bop-perfection." Having arrived in San
Francisco in 1957, he is associated both with the Beats and the San
Francisco Renaissance, often reading with jazz musicians at bars and
coffeehouses. His recent book, Beat Thing (La Alameda Press), winner of the
PEN Oakland Josephine Miles award, is both tribute to down-in-the-street
wildness and rant against the romantic commodification which surrounds the
Beat Generation. Meltzer brings forth the original spirit of Beat in an
encyclopedic cascade of details whose dense, deep, fierce, funny, raucous,
free-associative jazz energy infuses every line. Beat Thing is an ecstatic
chant of defiance and celebration. Meltzer's Copy: The Selected Poems,
edited by Michael Rothenberg, has now come out with nearly 50 years of
Meltzer's poetry and provides ample evidence of his stylistic breadth as
well as the music and humor active in it.

Michael Rothenberg's work as an editor is well known, not only for David's
Copy, but also As Ever: Selected Poems of Joanne Kyger; Overtime: Selected
Poems of Philip Whalen; Way More West: Selected Poems of Edward Dorn
and the
Collected Poems of Philip Whalen. He is also editor of Big Bridge,
www.bigbridge.org , a prominent online literary zine. Rothenberg is the
author of The Paris Journals; Monk Daddy; Grown Up Cuba; and recently
Unhurried Vision from La Alameda Press, which charts the year Rothenberg
spent caring for the terminally ill Philip Whalen. In 1976 he moved to
California and co-founded Shelldance, a bromeliad and orchid nursery in
Pacifica. An active environmentalist, Rothenberg has been a leading force in
the protection of Bay Area coastal lands and endangered species.

from THE ART / THE VEIL, by David Meltzer

Light on ancient text.
Flicker of word
Moving into word.
They ask me what I do.


Abruptly Europe dies.
Bloody tallis I wave
To cars to eyes. Dies.
The silk blazing.


Noisily yank a failed poem
out of the typewriter roller.
My hair falls into the keys.
Not grey but silver
whose light
reminds me of work
to be done.


It isn't fame or failure
just so many books to read
so many words to write
and the backyard garden is
Paradise. I could spend
all day naming things and all night
breaking promises


Dawn loon
skims over the lagoon

its crazed song
unable to tame my rage into
a haiku.


The deception of a new typewriter ribbon
gets him going another few years.

by David Meltzer, copyright 1981. All rights reserved.

SIMPLIFY INFINITY, by Michael Rothenberg

Rain slaughters the balcony

I'm invisible

Flowers blown off red skeletons

I'm describing my death

My mother tells me come inside

But there's nothing inside worth imagining

It's all outside

Starlings in confusion

Where the body is purified by danger

                                   July 14, 2001

by Michael Rothenberg from Monk Daddy, Blue Press. All rights reserved.


charles alexander / chax press

fold the book inside the book            keep it open always
        read from the inside out                   speak then

Chax Press
520-620-1626 (studio)
520-275-4330 (cell)
650 E. 9th St.
Tucson, AZ 85705