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Meltzer, David

Overview
Works: 123 works in 332 publications in 1 language and 7,653 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  Poetry  Folklore  Bibliography  Biography  Biographies  Diaries 
Roles: Author, Editor, Narrator, Other
Classifications: PS3563.E45, 811.54
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Reading jazz( Book )

5 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Has jazz become a white invention, "neutralized" by the attempts of white critics to describe, define, and even defend a black form of expression? Such is the provocative argument that emerges from David Meltzer's compilation of controversial and thought-provoking writings on jazz from the early decades of this century to the present. This diverse anthology of writings on jazz not only charts the evolution of a musical form, it also reflects evolving racial and cultural conflicts and stereotypes." "An unusual source book of jazz history, Reading Jazz examines its roots and its future as well as its links to and influence on other forms of modern cultural expression. David Meltzer artfully juxtaposes a variety of texts to explore the paradox of jazz as an art form perceived as both primitive and modern, to consider the use of jazz as a metaphor for new attitudes, to show how it was mythopoeticized and demonized, to view jazz as a focus for a variety of cultural attitudes, and to probe its relation to other aspects of modern culture." "Arranged historically, both literary and popular texts are included, reflecting the interplay of jazz with both high and low culture, from such contributors as Hoagy Carmichael, Artie Shaw, Norman Mailer, Art Pepper, Simone de Beauvoir, Julio Cortazar, William Carlos Williams, Robert Creeley, and many more. Reading Jazz will be indispensable not only for jazz enthusiasts but also for anyone interested in the evolution of modern culture."--Jacket
San Francisco beat : talking with the poets by David Meltzer( Book )

4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In these intimate, free-wheeling conversations, a baker's dozen of the poets of San Francisco talk about the scene then and now, the traditions of poetry, and about anarchism, globalism, Zen, the Bomb, the Kabbalah, and the Internet."--Cover
The Secret garden : an anthology in the Kabbalah by David Meltzer( Book )

10 editions published between 1976 and 1998 in English and held by 379 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Birth, an anthology of ancient texts, songs, prayers, and stories by David Meltzer( Book )

8 editions published between 1973 and 1981 in English and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Writing jazz( Book )

3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A companion volume to Reading Jazz, Writing Jazz is the first comprehensive historical anthology of writings on jazz by African-American musicians, critics, writers, and poets. Arranged chronologically, with equal attention paid to both criticism and lyrical art, this collection encompasses voices from the Spirituals and the Blues to Free Jazz and the Black Arts Movement. Editor David Meltzer adds his own breadth of knowledge on jazz to the brew with his "Pre-text" introduction and afterthought "Sub-text" discussion."--Jacket
The San Francisco poets by David Meltzer( Book )

6 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A book of interviews, poems, and bibliographies of six San Francisco poets
David's copy : the selected poems of David Meltzer by David Meltzer( Book )

4 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the most respected poets of the Beat and San Francisco Renaissance periods, David Meltzer has kept alive interest in the interface between jazz and poetry that exploded in the 1950s. This new edition of selected poems includes previously unpublished material and serves as a map to this very prolific and interesting poet
Tens: selected poems, 1961-1971 by David Meltzer( Book )

10 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Six by David Meltzer( Book )

13 editions published between 1976 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The name : selected poetry, 1973-1983 by David Meltzer( Book )

11 editions published between 1984 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Luna by David Meltzer( Book )

5 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hero/Lil by David Meltzer( Book )

7 editions published in 1973 in English and Undetermined and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Arrows : selected poetry, 1957-1992 by David Meltzer( Book )

11 editions published between 1994 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two-way mirror : a poetry notebook by David Meltzer( Book )

8 editions published between 1977 and 2015 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The poem is perhaps the highest verbal form of communication. It illuminates and it conceals. It is as precise and as vague as a mirror. Two-Way Mirror is a classic book of poetics by Beat Generation poet David Meltzer. Written in short remarks, autobiographical anecdotes, and inspirational quotations drawn from philosophical, ethnographic, and literary sources, Two-Way Mirror is both a nondidactic guide to the art Meltzer has devoted his life to, and a literary pleasure in itself. Attractively bound and printed in a deluxe gift edition, and featuring Meltzer's collection of found artwork collaged from thrift-store grammar books, this new and expanded edition retains the charm of the original while updating it for the present day. Building upon the version he self-published in 1977, Meltzer has written additional material that considers the effect of technological developments since the book's publication, as well as an afterword in which he reflects on the history of the volume, its inception, and its usefulness. With its various writing prompts, Two-Way Mirror has proven to be both inspirational and practical, a teaching tool and a guide to creativity that makes the perfect gift for poets at any stage of development. Praise for Two-Way Mirror "David Meltzer had set out, when he was very young, to write a long poem called The History of Everything, an ambition that his later poetry brought ever closer to fulfillment. Here, in Two-Way Mirror, he shows us the underpinnings for such an enterprise: a brilliant & wise work as rich in insights & discoveries today as when it was first published in 1977. I know of no better amalgam of poetry & poetics & no better introduction to the ways in which poetry can emerge for us & lead us beyond ourselves & toward our own fulfillments. Meltzer's grace of mind & the life of poetry that surrounds it make the case complete."--Jerome Rothenberg "A great book of learning from a lifetime's thoughts of the poem. Ramble, scribble, tickle, lightbulb! Timely and highly worthwhile."--Clark Coolidge Praise for David Meltzer: "One of the greats of post-World War Two San Francisco poets and musicians. He brought music to poetry and poetry to music!"--Lawrence Ferlinghetti "David Meltzer is a hidden adept, one of the secret treasures on our planet. Great poet, musician, comic, mystic unsurpassed, performer with few peers. His ear and his erudiation are fine-tuned and precise. A kind of bop-perfection pervades his work."--Diane di Prima About the Author: David Meltzer is a poet, novelist, editor, and musician. He has edited many anthologies, including SF Beat: Talking with the Poets. His most recent book is When I Was a Poet, Number 60 in the City Lights Pocket Poets Series. Lawrence Ferlinghetti has called him "one of the greats of post-World-War-Two San Francisco poets and musicians." "--
No eyes : Lester Young by David Meltzer( Book )

4 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Round the poem box; rustic & domestic home movies for Stan & Jane Brakhage by David Meltzer( Book )

2 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The dark continent by David Meltzer( Book )

5 editions published in 1967 in English and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Golden gate : interviews with 5 San Francisco poets by David Meltzer( Book )

6 editions published in 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Yesod by David Meltzer( Book )

4 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Blue rags by David Meltzer( Book )

7 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Alternative Names
David Meltzer American poet and musician of the Beat Generation and San Francisco Renaissance

David Meltzer Amerikaans dichter

David Meltzer amerikansk poet

Languages
English (143)

Covers
San Francisco beat : talking with the poetsThe Secret garden : an anthology in the KabbalahWriting jazzDavid's copy : the selected poems of David MeltzerArrows : selected poetry, 1957-1992No eyes : Lester YoungDialects of the tribe : postmodern American poets and poetry