Clark Coolidge

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Clark Coolidge (born February 26, 1939) is an American poet.


As a teenager, Coolidge attended Classical High School in Providence, Rhode Island. Coolidge attended Brown University, where his father taught in the music department.


After moving to New York City in the early 1960s, Coolidge cultivated links with Ted Berrigan and Bernadette Mayer. His work was published in multiple issues of 0 to 9 magazine, a 1960s mimeographed publication which experimented with language and meaning-making. In 1967, Coolidge moved to San Francisco and joined David Meltzer's band, The Serpent Power, as a drummer.[1] Often associated with the Language School[2] his experience as a jazz drummer and interest in a wide array of subjects including caves, geology, bebop, weather, Salvador Dalí, Jack Kerouac and movies, Coolidge often finds correspondence in his work.[3]

Personal Life[edit]

Coolidge grew up in Providence, Rhode Island and has lived, among other places, in Manhattan, Cambridge (MA), San Francisco, Rome (Italy), and the Berkshire Hills. He currently lives in Petaluma, California.


  • Flag Flutter & U.S. Electric, (New York: Lines Books, 1966).
  • ING, (New York: Angel Hair, 1968).
  • (with Tom Veitch) To Obtain the Value of the Cake Measure From Zero: A Play in One Act, (San Francisco: Pants Press, 1970).
  • Space, (New York: Harper & Row, 1970).
  • The So: Poems 1966, (New York: Adventures in Poetry, 1971).
  • Suite V, (New York: Adventures in Poetry, 1973).
  • The Maintains, (San Francisco, CA: This Press, 1974).
  • Polaroid, (New York: Adventures in Poetry / Bolinas, CA: Big Sky, 1975).
  • Quartz Hearts, (San Francisco: This Press, 1978).
  • Own Face, (Lenox, MA: Angel Hair Books, 1978. Reprinted Los Angeles: Sun & Moon Press, 1993).
  • Smithsonian Depositions & Subject to a Film, (New York: Vehicle Editions, 1980).
  • A Geology, (Needham, MA: Potes & Poets Press, 1981. Reprinted in 1988 and 1999).
  • American Ones, (Bolinas, CA: Tombouctou, 1981).
  • Research, (Berkeley, CA: Tuumba Press, 1982).
  • Mine: The One That Enters the Stories, (Berkeley, CA: The Figures, 1982).
  • Solution Passage: Poems 1978-1981, (Los Angeles: Sun & Moon Press, 1986).
  • The Crystal Text, (Great Barrington, MA: The Figures, 1986. Reprinted Los Angeles: Sun & Moon Press, 1995).
  • Melencholia, (Great Barrington, MA: The Figures, 1987).
  • At Egypt, (Great Barrington, MA: The Figures, 1988).
  • Sound as Thought: Poems 1982-1984, (Los Angeles: Sun & Moon Press, 1990).
  • (with Ron Padgett) Supernatural Overtones, (Great Barrington, MA: The Figures, 1990).
  • Odes of Roba, (Great Barrington, MA: The Figures, 1991).
  • The Book of During, (Great Barrington, MA: The Figures, 1991).
  • (with Philip Guston) Baffling Means: Writings/Drawings, (Stockbridge, MA: O-blek Editions, 1991).
  • (with Michael Gizzi and John Yau) Lowell Connector: Lines & Shots from Kerouac's Town, (West Stockbridge, MA: Hard Press, 1993).
  • (with Larry Fagin) On the Pumice of Morons, (Great Barrington, MA: The Figures, 1993).
  • The ROVA Improvisations, (Los Angeles: Sun & Moon Press, 1994).
  • Registers (People in All), (Avenue B, 1994).
  • For Kurt Cobain, (Great Barrington, MA: The Figures, 1995).
  • The Names, (Brightlingsea, Essex: Active in Airtime, 1997).
  • Now It's Jazz: Writings on Kerouac & The Sounds, (Albuquerque, NM: Living Batch, 1999).
  • (with Keith Waldrop) Bomb, (New York: Granary Books, 2000).
  • Alien Tatters, (Berkeley, CA: Atelos, 2000).
  • On The Nameways, Volume 1, (Great Barrington, MA: The Figures, 2000).
  • On The Nameways, Volume 2, (Great Barrington, MA: The Figures, 2001).
  • Far Out West, (New York: Adventures in Poetry, 2001).
  • On the Slates, (Oakland, CA: Tougher Disguises, 2002).
  • Counting on Planet Zero, (Wendell, MA : Fewer & Further Press, 2007).
  • The Act of Providence, (Qua Press, 2010).
  • This Time We Are Both, (Ugly Duckling Press, 2010).
  • Book Beginning What and Ending Away, (Fence Books, 2013).
  • 88 Sonnets, (Fence Books, 2013).
  • Selected Poems: 1962-1985, (Station Hill Press, 2017)[4]
  • The Crystal Text, published by City Lights Publishers. 11/14/2023. ISBN 978-0-87286-904-2

As editor[edit]


  1. ^ "What Is a Poet?". Hyperallergic. Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  2. ^ Sonksen, Mike (2013-04-19). "Small Presses: Poetic Communities Coast to Coast | LA Letters | Land of Sunshine". KCET. Archived from the original on 2013-08-21. Retrieved 2013-04-23.
  3. ^ "Kit Robinson on Coolidge". Retrieved 2013-04-23.
  4. ^ edited by Clark Coolidge and Larry Fagin, with an introduction by Bill Berkson

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