Tuesday, January 06, 2004

Cid Corman Recovery Drive 

Poet/editor/translator Cid Corman is in very serious condition, following thirteen hours of heart surgery. His wife Shizumi is with him in a Kyoto, Japan hospital. Cid has never been one for the bling-bling lifestyle. He's been unemployed since World War II, so you can imagine that his nest egg for a lengthy recovery might be less than sufficient, or more accurately- nil.

Corman has been remarkably generous to a number of Philly Sound folks with his wisdom, history & advice. Cid cares deeply about the future of poetry, & has been relentless in connecting younger poets with each other throughout the years. Cid pointed me in the direction of Shinpei Kusano, Rene Char & Steve Jonas. But he also wired me into the work of Tsering Wangmo Dhompa & Joseph Massey. He's never stopped believing in the energy of younger poets, & has encouraged them for generations.

A website has been set up by Chuck Sandy to assist with Corman's recovery costs. Anything you can contribute will be greatly appreciated. Please visit the Cid Corman Recovery Fund.

Also, check out a webcast reading/conversation with Cid Corman from the Kelly Writers House in 2001.

Frank Sherlock

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