Joanne Kyger

Joanne Kyger: “Up from Santa Barbara to San Francisco in early spring 1957 I went to work for Brentano’s Bookstore, downtown at the City of Paris. A friend soon introduced me to North Beach and a very small bar called The Place, where I met John Wieners and Joe Dunn, who invited me to the informal Sunday afternoon poetry meetings run by Duncan and Spicer. After attending a few Sundays, George Stanley, a loyal member, took me aside and said, pointedly, ‘Some people are treating these occasions like a party. If you want to continue attending, you’ll have to read your poetry.’ After a week of highly fraught preparation, I did. And passed the ‘test’. And became an ‘official’ part of the Sunday afternoons.”

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