by Lew Welch

Reviewer Rating:
4

Review

The poems in this collection embody the Poetics of Emptiness, a philosophical movement and style best characterized by the west coast Beat scene, most notably by Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, Jack Kerouac, and Philip Whalen. Influenced by Zen, these poems are immersed with detailed observations of nature, self-enforced solitude, and a deep appreciation for language.

What made Lew Welch stand out from this storied crowd was his gift for the music of words. Spontaneous sound saturates each line, resulting in a jazz-like resonance that hangs over each poem.
His was a life of poetry, and he placed himself firmly, vulnerably, and open in every poem.

Not very many can do it really well.
Nobody knows why. 

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