Clark Coolidge

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Clark Coolidge (February 26, 1939 – ) is an American poet born in Providence, Rhode Island.

Often associated with the Language School, his experience as a Jazz drummer and interest in a wide array of subjects--- including caves, geology, bebop, weather, Salvador Dalí, Jack Kerouac, and movies--- often finds correspondence in his work[1]. Coolidge grew up in Providence, Rhode Island and has lived, among other places, in Manhattan, Cambridge (MA), San Francisco, Rome (Italy), and the Berkshire Hills . He currently lives in Petaluma, California.


  1. ^ Kit Robinson on Coolidge

Selected publications

  • Flag Flutter & U.S. Electric. (New York: Lines Books, 1966).
  • (with Tom Veitch) To Obtain the Value of the Cake Measure From Zero: A Play in One Act. (San Francisco: Pants Press, 1970).
  • Space. (New York: Harper & Row, 1970).
  • The So: Poems 1966. (New York: Adventures in Poetry, 1971).
  • Suite V. (New York: Adventures in Poetry, 1973).
  • The Maintains. (San Francisco, CA: This Press, 1974).
  • Polaroid. (New York: Adventures in Poetry / Bolinas, CA: Big Sky, 1975).
  • Quartz Hearts (San Francisco: This Press, 1978).
  • Own Face (Lenox, MA: Angel Hair Books, 1978. Reprinted Los Angeles: Sun & Moon Press, 1993).
  • Smithsonian Depositions & Subject to a Film. (New York: Vehicle Editions, 1980).
  • A Geology. (Needham, MA: Potes & Poets Press, 1981. Reprinted in 1988 and 1999).
  • Research. (Berkeley, CA: Tuumba Press, 1982).
  • Mine: The One That Enters the Stories. (Berkeley, CA: The Figures, 1982).
  • Solution Passage: Poems 1978-1981. (Los Angeles: Sun & Moon Press, 1986).
  • The Crystal Text. (Great Barrington, MA: The Figures, 1986. Reprinted Los Angeles: Sun & Moon Press, 1995).
  • Melencholia. (Great Barrington, MA: The Figures, 1987).
  • At Egypt. (Great Barrington, MA: The Figures, 1988).
  • Sound as Thought: Poems 1982-1984. (Los Angeles: Sun & Moon Press, 1990).
  • (with Ron Padgett) Supernatural Overtones. (Great Barrington, MA: The Figures, 1990).
  • Odes of Roba. (Great Barrington, MA: The Figures, 1991).
  • The Book of During. (Great Barrington, MA: The Figures, 1991).
  • (with Philip Guston) Baffling Means: Writings/Drawings. (Stockbridge, MA: O-blek Editions, 1991).
  • (with Michael Gizzi and John Yau) Lowell Connector: Lines & Shots from Kerouac's Town. (West Stockbridge, MA: Hard Press, 1993).
  • (with Larry Fagin). On the Pumice of Morons. Great Barrington, MA: The Figures, 1993.
  • The ROVA Improvisations. Los Angeles: Sun & Moon Press, 1994.
  • Registers (People in All). Avenue B, 1994 ISBN 0939691108
  • For Kurt Cobain. Great Barrington, MA: The Figures, 1995.
  • The Names. Brightlingsea, Essex: Active in Airtime, 1997.
  • Now It's Jazz: Writings on Kerouac & The Sounds. Albuquerque, NM: Living Batch, 1999.
  • (with Keith Waldrop) Bomb. New York: Granary Books, 2000.
  • Alien Tatters. Berkeley, CA: Atelos, 2000.
  • On The Nameways, Volume 1. Great Barrington, MA: The Figures, 2000.
  • On The Nameways, Volume 2. Great Barrington, MA: The Figures, 2001.
  • On the Slates. Oakland, CA: Tougher Disguises, 2002.
  • The Act of Providence. Qua Press, forthcoming
  • Counting on Planet Zero. Wendell, MA : Fewer & Further Press, 2007.
  • Clark Coolidge Homepage @ the Elecronic Poetry Center
  • From Notebooks (1976-1982) from Code of Signals, edited by Michael Palmer (PDF file at Duration Press, pages 43-56)
  • Clark Coolidge Feature @ Jacket Magazine features poems, essays, interviews
  • Clark Coolidge on Jack Kerouac
  • Clark Coolidge as Literary Critic In this piece, Ron Silliman notes that Coolidge has produced "the finest critical writing I’ve ever read on Kerouac’s work".
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