Talk:Kenneth Rexroth

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Revamp![edit]

Major overhaul done, although it's a bit rough still and I probably missed some points of interest. Please edit, correct any oversights, add!--Stefankamph 00:39, 21 December 2005 (UTC)

Not sure if this was part of the overhaul, but there is a part of the section "Critical Work" that makes no sense. It goes from a paragraph about writing prose into this "A notable exception would appear to be..." but without a prior statement that clearly relates to this comment.
Can someone fix?!?! Would read MUCH better! --gobears87 (talk) 11:41, 6 November 2009 (UTC)

Brittanica in one year, annually ???[edit]

Is this apocryphal? Even for a "speed reader" how long would it take to read the entire encyclopedia? [[User:Logghe] 17:22, 28 January 2006 (UTC)

Whether it's true or not, I don't think it's apocryphal - seem to remember Rexroth making a similar claim in one or more of his published writings. Then again might have been a statement somewhere that he'd read it x number of times. Anyone have An Autobiographical Novel or the Hamalian bio handy? Brennen 00:02, 2 February 2006 (UTC)

Might be a case of exaggeration or playful storytelling by Rexroth, if he did make such a claim. But anyone could do it if they cared to read 63 pages a day. At least, that would suffice to read the 1959 Britannica that I happen to have at home. (23 volumes of text, just under a thousand pages per volume.) Publius3 08:44, 1 January 2007 (UTC)

Without looking back to the source, I'd guess the Brittanica in question was the 1911 edition or one of its several variations, which (though the article doesn't give a page count) I suspect was shorter still, and definitely more literary in tone than modern encyclopedias... Brennen 04:11, 2 January 2007 (UTC)

Bradford Morrow[edit]

I just re-added the link on Bradford Morrow - doesn't look like there's an article, but he seems sufficiently notable to merit one.

Links to years in poetry[edit]

I've added numerous links to particlular years in poetry throughout the article. It's possible I've linked a book that had nothing to do with poetry to a year in poetry, and that may be inappropriate, so someone knowledgeable about Rexroth's individual books might want to remove the links between those particular books and the years -- or might not. A book of criticism that is partly about poetry would be appropriate to link to a year in poetry or year in literature.Noroton 16:21, 6 December 2006 (UTC)

I'll look it over. Brennen 17:28, 6 December 2006 (UTC)
Just to clarify, I think the essay collections nearly all contain something about poetry, but I think "year in literature" might be more appropriate, since they're pretty wide-ranging. I'll look into this a bit more. Thoughts? Brennen 17:35, 6 December 2006 (UTC)

Overlapping Marriages[edit]

Took out the bit about overlapping marriages. If someone can clarify what this means, by all means put it back in. Is this an affair that overlapped, or what? Aaeamdar 14:44, 25 April 2007 (EST)

It seems fairly clear now, married the third wife while legally still with Marie. Not sure what was stripped out though, I have not checked. --gobears87 (talk) 11:37, 6 November 2009 (UTC)

Religious Views?[edit]

The New English Bible page here on Wikipedia has a link, http://www.bopsecrets.org/rexroth/essays/new-english-bible.htm, to a NEB review by one Kenneth Rexroth; it's dated 1961; first, though it's unlikely to be anyone else, is this the same Rexroth? Second, if so, if Rexwroth wrote critical views on a Bible translation, considering his views on marriage, and use of Catholic terminology both thereof, and in that review, was he a Catholic? If so, it might be pertinent to add information on his religious views.

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02:52, 27 December 2008 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by TheResearchPersona (talkcontribs)

Isn't this clear in the "Travels" section? It says "live[d] as a postulant in Holy Cross Monastery (West Park, New York). The lifestyle of meditation, silence and artistic creation suited him marvelously, and he later recalled it as the happiest time of his life. However, he felt strongly that he did not have a vocation there, and left with a solidified admiration for the communal rites and values of monasticism."
Seems fairly clearly Catholic to me. Could be wrong though! --gobears87 (talk) 11:44, 6 November 2009 (UTC)

Rexroth Castrated[edit]

My goodness, you young people are so prim. Here's Kenneth Rexroth, wild poet of love and sex, Father of the Beats, Kerouac character, instigator of the San Francisco "Zen Boom," Hippie Summer of Love, Sexual Revolution, and the article makes him sound like T.S. Eliot. And only the parts of T.S. Eliot they let you read in high school. I don't even find the word "sex" in the article. Was it written by his daughters? While it's true that anyone reading Rexroth's best poetry to a class now might, in the Puritan Revival that America is undergoing, face suspension, 20th century San Francisco was a much freer world, with different morals. He was of his times, not ours; but this article is of our times. For a brief period between the Eisenhower years and the present, America didn't think sex was dirty. We've reverted to America's Puritan roots, alas. At the very least, add to this priggish stub his mentoring of Jessica Hagedorn, the best Filipina novelist, whom he met when she was sixteen. http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/g_l/hagedorn/about.htm Rexroth's poetry's future is dim. The Thought Police will put him down the Memory Hole, or edit him into political correctness. They'll have to castrate his poetry to do it, but that happens these days. Profhum (talk) 19:41, 22 January 2015 (UTC)