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Saturday, August 07, 2010

John Wieners: HELLO JOHN, from 2010 

THE BRAND NEW John Wieners EPC page, click HERE!

About a year and a half ago I complained to Jack Krick that there was no Wieners EPC page, and he said, "WELL THEN DO ONE WITH ME!" Jack Krick is one of those people who has been working hard for years for the love of poetry. He's pretty amazing! And he keeps the EPC pages lively and alive, and recently enough gave us the tremendous BLACKBURN page as well. Whatever THANKS Jack is given it can't possibly be enough!

So I read EVERYTHING by Wieners to take this opportunity seriously! Interlibrary loan ordered all of his books for me over a period of a year. It was fantastic, and I LOVE the librarians of the world! THANK YOU LIBRARIANS OF THE WORLD!

And all those amazing poets in Boston for their invaluable assistance. Jim Dunn was particularly great! As he always is!

Joey Yearous-Algozin and Robbie Dewhurst took me to the Special Collections at Buffalo where we found the boradside by Judith Walker with the Wieners photo and his poem HOME DUTY. That was great, and I thank everyone at Buffalo, including James Maynard for helping us reprint it on this new EPC page.

AN AMAZING FIND -- by sheer accident -- was when I was browsing the poetry section at the gay and lesbian library in Philadelphia and came across a couple of issues of LITTLE CAESARS magazine from the 1970's, published by Dennis Cooper. One of these had a Stephen Jonas tribute with an entry stating that the introduction to his 1965 collection TRANSMUTATIONS was written by John Wieners.

The love and magic of interlibrary loan then made TRANSMUTATIONS appear, and to my delight the introduction by Wieners was actually two separate poems (the first written in 1959, the second in 1965). Neither of these poems had ever been reprinted since this slender volume of Jonas's poems with the Basil King drawings in 1965. But Jack Krick has lovingly reprinted them here.

IN THE END what we need of course is a COLLECTED JOHN WIENERS. Right? Would anyone out there possibly disagree with me over this?

THANK YOU JACK KRICK, AND EVERYONE ELSE WHO HELPED MAKE THIS POSSIBLE!

LONG LIVE THE POETRY OF JOHN WIENERS! AND I ENCOURAGE YOU ALL TO UTILIZE INTERLIBRARY LOAN UNTIL A FULL COLLECTION IS AVAILABLE!

CAConrad

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