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David Meltzer

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David Meltzer was born on February 17, 1937, in Rochester, New York. In 1957 he moved to the Bay Area and is associated with the San Francisco Renaissance and the Beat Generation. He is the author of several collections of poetry and fiction, and also known for being a jazz musician. His more than fifteen books of poetry include Two Way Mirror: A Poetry Notebook (City Lights, 2015) and When I Was a Poet (City Lights, 2011). He died December 31, 2016, in Oakland, California. 

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Art's desire to get it all said
to all who thought him dead
in the joint & beside the point

Art's struggle to sing it all
through jazz warfare & tell
everything he knew in brass
speed rap stir crazy utopia
of muscle chops push it in your face
rough unrelenting grace

fierce Art pitbull clamps down