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Saturday, August 23, 2003

miniaturized Spicer 

Jack Spicer fans, there's a photograph of him (photos of Spicer are few) in Jonathan Williams's latest book of photographs A Palpable Elysium: Portraits of Genius and Solitude. you can click here to view the photo.

to me this photograph of Spicer is a magical BLINK! he becomes a tiny poet standing on his pile of enormous pencils. i couldn't believe the photo when i first laid eyes on it.

i asked Jonathan Williams about Spicer, and about that day. turns out that that was the only time the two had ever met. Jonthan said that Spicer was exactly as he had imagined him to be, full of dreamy intelligence and cocky as hell.

many, if not all, the photographs from A Palpable Elysium are on the site where the Spicer pic is. in fact, you won't even BELIEVE the faces whose poems you know. it's a marvelous collection, and really is touching heaven, as the title suggests. by the way, the title is taken from one of Pound's cantos.

CAConrad

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