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Looking Back At Writings From The Poet-Run Town Of Bolinas, 50 Years On

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House on Bolinas Lagoon

Bolinas, writes English Professor Lytle Shaw, is “the only instance I could think of where a town was essentially governed by poets.” Shaw’s thoughts are part of a new anniversary edition of “On the Mesa: An Anthology of Bolinas Writing” originally published in 1971, featuring the work of a remarkable group of poets living in or near Bolinas in the late 60s and 70s, including Diane Di Prima, Phillip Whalen, Robert Creeley, JoAnne Kyger, Anne Waldman and other icons of the period. We’ll talk about the Bolinas scene, the new edition of the anthology and capturing Bolinas counterculture through its poetry.



Ben Estes, editor, "On the Mesa: An Anthology of Bolinas Writing, 50th Anniversary Edition"

Joel Weishaus, edited the original anthology of Bolinas Poets

Anne Waldman, poet


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