Berkeley Poets Cooperative: A History of the Times by Charles Entrekin

By Charles Entrekin

it is a choice of thirty-two essays, memoirs, and poems approximately tumultuous instances. Universities have been less than assault and unfastened speech was once in query. The byword of the tradition rang out, “Question authority.” It was once additionally a time to come back jointly and talk about things like the price of a observe in a poem. The younger writers who began The Berkeley Poets Cooperative made up our minds to have a say-so approximately what used to be vital in literature and within the tradition. The mixed voices shape a patchwork cover of a distinct period in Berkeley, California 1968-1991.

Why revisit literary historical past? approximately part a century because the founding of the Berkeley Poets Cooperative, the tricky occasions have lower back. the nice Recession of 2007, the increase in poverty, an increase of the super-rich, inequality of the 1% as opposed to the ninety nine% --the tradition is commencing to worry the last down of the “American dream.” The goal is to proportion this impressive interval in heritage, from the viewpoint of poets and writers who have been there and lived the event, and remind the reader of the optimism of "the manner we were,” whilst every little thing appeared possible.

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