27 August 2014

Among the Trees


11 November 2011

Poetry Foundation Article

06 March 2011

Demodulating Angel : selected poems 1960-2010

Ithuriel's Spear, San Francisco http://www.ithuriel.com/
February, 2011. ISBN 978-0-9793390-8-0. Paperback, 146 pp. $15 (8 x 7)
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"I know of no other American poet whose very pages are as well filled out."
— Kevin Killian

29 December 2008

What Were Yards

December, 2008. ISBN 978-0-9772485-1-3. Paperback, 20 pp. $16 (9 x 6) [o.p.]

“His poems make a cut or cut into the heart in the body of the world that is as beautiful as it is indescribable.” — Tiff Dressen

01 April 2006

Breaking the Silence

November, 2005. ISBN 0-9772485-0-X. Paperback, 48 pp. $12 (8 x 5)
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“Tagett is the ultimate maker, with infinite patience taking on a world of astounding sights and ‘apparitions.’” — Kevin Killian

“His poems demonstrate a simultaneous mistrust of, and a longing for, meaning.”
— Brian Lucas

“The poems have clarity, economy, sincerity & mystery—a nice combination, & unusual these days.” — Stephen Kessler

"The poems follow some kind of internal logic . . . like there is an often apprehensible necessity in the sequence of images, which makes me feel good." — James Mitchell

02 December 2005

Literary Biography

Born on the 14th of February 1936, I began writing poetry in earnest with the emergence of Donald Allen’s The New American Poetry, 1945-1960. I had moved from my home in Ashtabula, Ohio to New York City early in January 1960 soon after being discharged from a four-year stint in the Air Force. It was at this time I met my lifetime companion, the Cuban born painter José Laffitte, and I soon joined a poetry workshop under Arnold Weinstein at the New School for Social Research, where I garnered a second prize Dylan Thomas Award.

By Columbus Day 1961 we were in San Francisco where I was dying to meet Jack Spicer, and I soon found myself in a workshop with him and Robin Blaser, Stan Persky, and George Stanley on Sunday afternoons at Stan’s place in North Beach. The “worked” poem. Near the same time I was in a seminar at San Francisco State College under Jack Gilbert. About a year after Spicer’s death in 1965, I joined Robert Duncan’s workshop at the Society for Individual Rights, while some of these gatherings later took place in Duncan’s home, or under his auspices at other locations with special guests. In August of 1969, Paul Mariah, one of the participants in the gatherings, and I started Manroot magazine, funded in large part by grants from the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines through the National Endowment for the Arts (before it was virtually destroyed by Jessie Helms), and we also held a frequent and critical floating workshop for a few years which Duncan graced occasionally.

In 1973 José and I moved to the Russian River area of Sonoma County, California and became involved in a “heady” poetry community with Hunce Voelcker, Andrei Codrescu, Harold Norse, and a host of younger poets.

I continued co-editing Manroot until 1978 when we returned to San Francisco and went back to school, new jobs, and part-time destinations abroad. The 80s were essentially a lost decade, as all community seemed to have dissolved. Love died in 1992.

Around 1994 I met some poets in their 20s whose heroes were the same as those for me when I was in my 20s. What does this mean? Anyway, thanks to them, I have an audience again, and a new kind of long-distance community. Now life is Internet. Good to have a monkey.