Drummer poet to read new work


LENOX -- Clark Coolidge, poet, jazz drummer, and for many years Berkshire resident, will read from new and selected works at The Bookstore in Lenox on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Coolidge is author of more than 30 books. His newest, "88 Son nets," has just been published by Fence Books of Albany, , and the event at The Book store also celebrates a newly released CD of an earlier book of essays, "Now It's Jazz: Writings on Kerouac and the Sounds," recorded at BMA Studios of Monterey.

"Now It's Jazz" is divided into two sections, one a transcription of a reading he gave at the Kerouac School of Dis embodied Poetics at Naropa University on Kerouac and the other on the jazz and bebop music that informed much of Kerouac's writing

Long associated with the language school of poetry, he has also been variously linked to the Beat Generation, Black Mountain and the New York School.

For 25 years, ending in 1998, he lived with his family in Hancock. For the last 15 years he and his wife, Susan, have been living in Petaluma, Calif.

Great Barrington poet Geoff Young will introduce Coolidge and Bennington, Vt., poet Michael Schiavo will host the evening.

For more information, call (413) 637 3390 or email bookmatt@bcn.net.


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