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The Collected Poems of Philip Whalen
Philip Whalen; Michael Rothenberg, ed.; Gary Snyder, fwd.; Leslie Scalapino, intro.

Wesleyan University Press



Contents

• Editor’s Note and Acknowledgments
• Foreword, Highest and Driest: For Philip Zenshin’s Poetic Drama/Dharma – Gary Snyder
• Language as Transient Act, The Poetry of Philip Whalen – Leslie Scalapino

• IV
• VIII
• XVIII

• Three Desert Poems
• The Great American Desert
• Saguaro
• New Canaan

• from The Temptation of St. Anthony

• The Plaster Muse : 6 Poems in the Classic Mode
• I. Moshe Sur l’Eau
• II. Ode
• III. Leda
• IV. Thursday in Byzantium
• V. “A l’Ombre Des Jeunes Filles . . .”
• VI. Sonnet for Valentine’s Day

• Advent
• “A Country Without Ruins”
• In the Palace of the Heart
• Invocation to the Muse
• November First
• An Elegy Upon the Untimely Death of Mrs. W. F.
• The Road-Runner
• Three Ormolu Pieces for Stanley Moore
• Song
• Apostrophe to a Borrowed Tiger
• The Sealion
• Theory
• “Of Course,” She Said
• Three Satires
• The Engineer
• The Great Instauration
• The Rose Festival Parade
• Meta
• “The Shock of Recognition”
• Two Miracles
• The Five Queens
• Homage to Lucretius
• A New Voyage
• Scholiast
• Out of It
• Tell Me More
• “Plus Ça Change . . .”
• Martyrdom of Two Pagans
• If You’re So Smart, Why Ain’t You Rich?
• Sourdough Mountain Lookout
• from Three Variations, All About Love
• Sauced
• Unfinished, 3:xii:55
• Denunciation, or, Unfrock’d Again
• Homage to Robert Creeley
• Invocation & Dark Sayings, in the Tibetan Style
• The Slop Barrel: Slices of Paideuma for All Sentient Beings
• Small Tantric Sermon
• Further Notice
• I Give Up
• The First Day of November
• Esprit d’Escalier Rant, Directed at Dr. P.’s class in English 106-B
• The Same Old Jazz
• Anchor Steam Beer, for Michael McClure
• Soufflé
• Takeout, 15:iv:57
• For C.
• A Dim View of Berkeley in the Spring
• Literary Life in the Golden West
• Take # 4, 5:viii:57
• Against the Magic War: An Open Letter to Robert Duncan
• Harangue from Newport, to John Wieners, 21:ix:57
• 10:x:57, 45 Years Since the Fall of the Ch’ing Dynasty
• Apedeath
• In Memory of a Statesman
• LETTER, to Mme. E. T. S., 2:i:58
• For My Father
• “While the Patient Slept”
• Translation of a Lost Play by M. M.
• Senseless Commentaries on Chao-Chou
• Sincerity Shot
• Metaphysical Insomnia Jazz. Mumonkan xxix.
• Letter to Charles Olson
• Unsuccessful Spring Poem
• Corvallis Down the Road
• Trying Too Hard to Write a Poem Sitting on the Beach
• 20:vii:58, On Which I Renounce the Notion of Social Responsibility
• Newport North-Window View
• From an Envelope Addressed to Charles Olson
• Hymnus Ad Patrem Sinensis
• Complaint: To the Muse
• Prose Take-Out, Portland 13:ix:58
• Self-Portrait Sad 22:ix:58
• I Think of Mountains
• Fond Farewell to the Chicago Review
• From a Letter to Ron Loewinsohn, 19:xi:58
• Delights of Winter at the Shore
• Something Nice About Myself
• [The end, of a month of Sundays]
• Motion Day
• a very complicated way of saying “appearances deceive”?
• 4:2:59 Take 1
• Self-Portrait, from Another Direction
• I Return to San Francisco
• Take, 25:iii:59
• A Reply
• For a Picture by Mike Nathan
• A Distraction Fit
• With Compliments to E. H.
• [Awake a moment . . . ]
• I Am King Giant Dragon Sun
• Poem for a Blonde Lady
• “Everywhere I Wander”
• Haiku for Mike
• A Reflection on My Own Times
• Address to the Boobus, with her Hieratic Formulas in reply
• Boobus Hierophante, Her Incantations
• Song for 2 Balalaikas on the Corner of 3rd & Market
• To the Moon
• All About Art & Life
• Temporarily Insane
• Farewell!
• Since You Ask Me
• New York City
• To a Poet
• An Irregular Ode
• Haiku, for Gary Snyder
• Warnings, Responses, Etc.
• Goodbye & Hello, Again
• [Take dandelions first salad.]
• [March 3, 1960, A Beautiful Page]
• Palace Café
• A Vision of the Bodhisattvas
• Itchy
• Dream
• Essex Was a Cowboy in Vermont
• Movie Night
• Historical Disquisitions
• Short Explanation of Everything
• [Requiescat]
• [Try doing a small thing well.]
• Address to a Younger Generation
• Dream & Excursus, Arlington Massachusetts The Death of Boston
• For Albert Saijo
• [Government]
• Homage to Rodin
• Staying or Going
• The Treasures of Rage
• Real San Francisco Sunday Afternoon
• San Francisco Sunday Morning Palimpsest
• To Ruth
• Duerden Says: “Life is Therapy”
• Philippic, Against Whitehead and a Friend
• Twin Peaks
• [under/beneath]
• Caption for a Picture
• Life and Art
• [Red Rover]
• The Daydream
• Ignorantaccio
• [Driving immediately past]
• [hoist great blocks of language into place]
• That One
• [I have eaten]
• Monday in the Evening

• Vector Analysis
• [Coca-cola chairs]
• [“ . . . my FBI, my peace, my war”]
• Saturday Morning
• [B.C.]
• Early Autumn in Upper Noe Valley
• Easy Living
• The Poor
• The Revolutionaries
• One of My Favorite Songs Is Stormy Weather
• Friendship Greetings
• Statement of Condition
• The Idol
• The Chariot
• The Admonitions
• To the Muse
• The Prophecy
• [Monday early before bedtime]
• [Lamp]
• [Very Early Monday]
• [Tender]
• There It Goes
• Saturday 15:ix:62
• A Short History of the Second Millennium B.C.
• Fillmore Hob Nob Carburetor
• The Art of Literature
• The Art of Literature, 2nd part
• The Art of Literature, #3, A Total Explanation
• The Art of Literature, Part 4th
• The Art of Literature, Concluded
• [Hum]
• [a community temple]
• [Albert’s Antarctica]
• Minor Moralia
• Applegravy
• Sunday Afternoon Dinner Fung Loy Restaurant San Francisco 25:xi:62
• The Saturday Visitations
• Song to Begin R¯ohatsu
• The Gallery, Mill Valley
• Heigh-Ho, Nobody’s at Home
• Hello to All the Folks Back Home
• [OEconomy]
• The Professor Comes to Call
• The Coordinates
• [a major communication]
• [Worse than ever . . . ]
• Spring Musick
• How We Live the More Abundant Life in America
• Spring Poem to the Memory of Jane Ellen Harrison (1850–1928)
• [careful & empty]
• [More light seems to fall]
• Re-Take 20:xii:63 from 7:iii:63
• Letter, to Michael McClure, 11:iii:63
• For Brother Antoninus
• Night and Morning Michaelangelo
• How Beautiful
• PW His Recantation
• [Someplace, Neb.]
• Three Mornings
• World Out of Control
• Life and Death and a Letter to My Mother Beyond Them Both
• [Expansion]
• [Obsessions]
• Plums, Metaphysics, an Investigation, a Visit, and a Short Funeral Ode
• [The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra]
• [“Chooky”]
• [One Page Poem]
• Friday Already Half-
• Tennis Shoes
• Epigram
• To the Muse
• Where Was I
• Oh Yes. Vancouver.
• Vancouver
• Golden Gate Park
• That Dream
• Mysteries of 1961
• Breughel: “The Fall of Icarus” 20:ix:63
• [My karma has to do with ears]
• [Octopus]
• Raging Desire &c.
• Social Graces
• Mystery Poem, for a birthday present
• The Fourth of October, 1963
• Song
• Illness
• [For John Lee Hooker]
• [The shape of it]
• Somebody Else’s Aesthetic
• Gradus ad Parnassum
• Inside Stuff
• Roxie Powell
• Native Speech
• [aches and pains]
• [Crown Fruit]
• [Treasures, left panel]
• [Treasures, right panel]
• St. Francis Lobbies Allen G.
• To a Nervous Man
• The Double Take
• Homage to WBY
• Salamander
• A Recall
• Native Speech
• The Walkers’ Patio: Giant Plant
• How Was Your Trip to L.A.?
• Whistler’s Mother
• Last Part of an Illustrated Children’s Book in a Fever Dream
• Some Kind of Theory
• Winter Jelly
• Theophany
• [Native // Folk Speech]
• [Native // Folk Speech with doodles]
• [Epiphany]
• Papyrus Catalogue
• A Botanical Phrenzy
• Clean Song
• The Great Beyond Denver
• Technicalities for Jack Spicer
• [March 1964]
• Corinthian Columns
• Mexico
• Chagrin
• Composition
• The Lotus Sutra, Naturalized
• A Mistake
• Early Spring
• The Mystery
• The Problem
• [Hope for the best]
• Invocation and Theophany
• The Metaphysical Town Hall and Bookshop
• The Ode to Music
• [Time Poem]
• Absolute Realty Co.: Two Views
• 15:v:64
• [The End of the line]
• [Nasturtium]
• Trinity Sunday 1964
• Tommy’s Birthday
• [air and earth combine]
• Late Afternoon

• Magical Incantation
• Goddess
• Buck Rogers
• The Chain of Lakes
• Dying Again
• To My Muse
• True Confessions
• The Best of It
• EAMD
• [Groundhog Day]
• The Season
• [Futility]
• [The Great American Boob, Lecture Notes]
• [Lecture Notes, GSS Berkeley]
• [Lecture Notes—II—G.S.S. Berkeley]
• Bleakness, Farewell
• [skoolie-bau]
• Homage to William Seward Burroughs
• Fragment of Great Beauty & Stillness
• The India Print Bedspread
• [Dear Mr. President,]
• Grand Historical Ode
• Priapic Hymn
• Doukhobor Proverb
• “Merry Meet; Merry Part”
• Disgust with an Poetickal Evening at Miss Q’s House
• Japanese Tea Garden Golden Gate Park in Spring
• “A Penny for the Old Guy”
• Fragment of a Letter, Unsent
• Art & Music
• Mahayana
• My Songs Induce Prophetic Dreams
• April Showers Bring Rain?
• Love Love Love Again
• A Morning Walk
• Message Before Aram Awakes
• “The Sun Rises and Sets in That Child,”
• The Second Day of May 1965
• “California Is Odious but Indispensable”
• Imagination of the Taj Mahal
• T/O
• “The Great Heidelberg Tun”
• [Nasturtium shadows]
• Sleepy
• A Satire
• Card #21 Le Monde
• [Strange?]
• 1935
• The Feather Truth Weighs 10,000 Pounds
• M
• The Life of Literature
• What Finally Happened to the King
• [Lightning of the sky]
• [This is my life]
• America!
• The Education Continues Along
• Giant Sequoias
• Pop Doughnut
• Secret
• That Eyes! Those Nose!
• The First of August
• The Greeks
• Vignette of an Ice Axe
• L’Enfant Prodigue
• The Mystery of the Alphabet
• Genetics
• Higher Criticism
• The Promise
• Good News and Gospel
• Paranoia Revisited
• The Honeymoon
• Palimpsest
• [the beginning of a long silence]
• The Task Rejected
• Homage to Dante
• Tara
• Labor Day
• Sad Song
• “Plaster of Paris: Helen of Troy.”
• Opening the Mountain, Tamalpais: 22:x:65
• Lemon Trees
• Trip, 30:x:65
• Portland in the Evening
• Opening Rainy-Season Sesshin
• White River Ode
• Eikei Soji
• Ginkakuji Michi
• “The Flexible Mind”
• The Judgment
• Sanjusangendo
• Synesthesia
• Crowded
• A Platonic Variation
• A Revolution
• Above the Shrine
• Point Richmond
• The Trolley
• The War Poem for Diane di Prima
• Waiting for Claude
• Some Places
• Ten Titanic Etudes
• Champ Clair Modern Jazz Coffee
• Ushi Matsuri
• The Garden
• Confession and Penance
• The Grand Design
• “Sheep May Safely Graze”
• Success Is Failure
• [Another Blank Discovery!]
• [I keep hunting through the house]
• The Winter
• Demachi
• The Winter
• [All of it came to nothing]
• [All of it went on the wrong page]
• [“NEFAS”]
• Poem
• [Winter money gloom]
• George Washington
• [Pet Shop]
• [What do I know is a small yellow]
• The Dharma Youth League
• [Outside]
• Failing
• To Henrik Ibsen
• We Sing in Our Sleep. We Converse with the Dead in Our Dreams
• The Encore
• A Romantic & Beautiful Poem Inspired by the Recollection of William Butler Yeats, His Life & Work
• “Never Apologize; Never Explain”
• 17:III:67
• Something Childish but Completely Classical
• Regalia in Immediate Demand !
• Characteristically
• Grace before Meat
• A Wedding Journey, an Opera
• Ultimate Frivolous Necessities
• Dewey Swanson
• The Apparition
• The War
• October Food
• In the Center of Autumn
• A Couple Blocks South of the Heian Shrine
• International Date Line, Monday / Monday 27:XI:67
• America inside & outside Bill Brown’s House in Bolinas
• 25:I:68
• Life in the City. In Memoriam Edward Gibbon.
• Allegorical Painting: Capitalistic Society Destroyed by the Contradictions within Itself. (Second Five-Year Plan.)
• At the Red Whale Bar & Restaurant, Stinson Beach
• The Unidentified Accomplice or, The Transmissions of C. W. Moss
• The Evasive Answer
• The Madness of Saul
• To the Revolutionary Cadres of Balboa, Malibu & Santa Barbara
• To All My Friends
• Larry Kearny at Stinson Beach
• Duerden’s Garage, Stinson Beach
• Birthday Poem,
• Bill Brown
• Scenes of Life at the Capital
• Walking beside the Kamogawa, Remembering Nansen and Fud¯ o and Gary’s Poem
• May First Revolution Day
• To Edward Dahlberg
• Science and Language
• For Kenneth Rexroth
• Four Other Places, More & Less
• Behind the Door
• Life at Bolinas. The Last of California
• For Kai Snyder
• A Letter, to Bill Berkson
• Allen Marlow
• Leaving the Capital
• “Home Again, Home Again . . . ”
• Many Colored Squares
• “Not Heavily”
• “Up in Michigan”
• “Old Age Echoes”
• The Letter to Thomas Clark 22:VII:71 from Bolinas where He Sat beside Me to Help to Write It
• Portland Again
• Untied Airlines
• “Horrible Incredible Lies”: Keith Lampe Spontaneously
• Imaginary Splendors
• Public Opinions
• Monument Rescue Dim
• The Summer Afternoon
• “I Told Myself ”: Bobbie Spontaneously
• Look Look Look
• Mozambique
• The Turn
• A Return to San Francisco from Kitkitdizze
• Growing and Changing
• Rejoice !
• October First
• Rome
• New Mexico, after Many Years
• Occasional Dilemmas
• Minuscule Threnody
• Ode for You
• New Departures
• Alleyway
• In the Night
• Weather Odes
• Looking for Help
• Impatient Poetry for Ted and Alice B. •
• Something Marvelous
• “Stolen and Abandoned”
• Desperately Awaiting the Arrival of the China Dinner Man
• Tassajara
• The Universal & Susquehanna Mercy Co. Dayton, O.
• Monumental Beer
• Message
• Kitchen Practice

• The Sesshin Epigram
• The Autopsy
• High-tension on Low-pressure Non-accomplishment Blues
• Mask
• Detachment, Wisdom and Compassion
• Homage to Aram Saroyan
• “La China Poblana”
• Money Is the Roost of All Eagles
• “The Conditions That Prevail”
• Zenshinji
• The Talking Picture
• Dream Poems
• Murals Not Yet Dreamed
• Epigram, upon Himself
• The Vision of Delight
• Luxury in August
• Pacific Telephone
• How To Be Successful & Happy Without Anybody Else Finding out About It
• Look Away
• Organized Crime
• Ice Plant
• Compulsive Obligatory Paranoia Flashes
• Saturday
• Conclusions
• For Clark Coolidge
• A Crackling
• Window Peak
• Blossoms of the Lemon Tree
• Dorje Quandary
• The Bouquet
• Prolegomena to a Study of the Universe
• The Radio Again
• Somebody Else’s Problem Bothers Me
• Bead
• Blurb
• Where or When
• Escaping April
• Powell & Market
• La Jolla in the Morning
• Brutal Landscape
• Mnemonotechnique
• Defective Circles
• The Simple Life
• Obsolete Models
• Many Pages Must Be Thrown Away
• Wild Talents
• The Congress of Vienna
• To the Memory of
• Lines for a Celebrated Poet
• The Wind Chimes
• That the True Nature of the Universe Might Be Like a Vast Klein Bottle
• Song
• “Past Ruin’d Ilion”
• Garden Cottage #1
• “Back to Normalcy”
• For a Bluejay
• [A Little Sickness]
• “I Used to Work in Chicago”
• Messages
• Switch
• Tears and Recriminations
• Waste. Profligacy. Fatuity.
• Discriminations
• Homage to St. Patrick, García Lorca, & the Itinerant Grocer
• Wandering Outside
• The Laundry Area
• Schubert Sonata
• What About It?
• Cynical Song
• “Can’t You Be a Little More Selective?”
• The Inspection of the Mind in June
• Treading More Water
• I Can Look Any Way I Feel Like
• Treading Water
• The Holding Pattern
• What? Writing in the Dining Room?
• How Many Is Real
• Lost Fragment from The Impatient Monument
• Rodomontade
• What’s New?
• Songs
• La Condition Humaine
• Welcome Back to the Monastery
• Violins in Chaos?
• Litany of the Candy Infant of Geneva
• Extravagance (comma,)
• Homage to Sosa-No-Wo-No-Omikoto
• The Bay Trees Were About to Bloom
• Dying Tooth Song
• Rich Interior, After Thomas Mann
• Treading Water. Backing & Filling.
• Chanson d’Outre Tombe
• And Then. . .
• The Ghosts
• The Phantom of Delight
• Divine Poisons
• Labor Day Again, 1979 at San Francisco
• Hot Springs Infernal in the Human Beast
• Homage to Hart Crane
• What Are You Studying, These Days?
• Mama
• The Roast Is Lost
• The Critic
• Definition
• Epigrams & Imitations
• Dharmakaya
• The First of 20 New Poems
• Normally
• Somewhere Else
• Some of These Days
• [Quack]
• Splendors
• The Elizabethan Phrase
• For Shunko Enjo
• “Silence in the middle of traffic”
• Naturally Museum
• Partition
• Snow Job
• The Kenwood Hotel 1928
• Thanksgivening
• “The Dilemma of the Occasion Is”
• For Allen, On His 60th Birthday
• Gamboge
• Pathogenesis
• Maps and Mountains
• At Dharma Sangha
• On the Way to the Zend¯o
• Gourmets
• “My Fellow Americans,”
• Action Traction Satisfaction
• By Accident or Design
• For Robert Winson
• Grievances
• Never Again
• The Expensive Life
• Oyster Music: Robert Schumann
• Affliction
• Jack’s House
• [Poeta Nascitur . . .]
• Friday
• The Imperfect Sonnet
• Nothing Comes to Mind at the Moment
• Unagi-Don


• Appendixes
• appendix a: Contents of Whalen Books in Their
• First Book Publication
• appendix b: Calendar: Notes and Appendices
• appendix c: Essays and Prefaces by Philip Whalen
• Goldberry Is Waiting” from The Poetics of The New
• American Poetry
• [from Highgrade] 834
• The Preface [from Every Day]
• Author’s Note [from On Bear’s Head]
• Preface [from Decompressions]
• About Writing and Meditation [from Beneath a Single Moon, ed. Kent Johnson and Craig Paulenich, Shambhala, 1991]
• Preface [from Enough Said]
• appendix d: Biography and Bibliography
• Index of Titles
• Index of First Lines

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