If you have any interest in the wild array of people who defined the West Coast bohemian world, you must read Tosh Berman’s Tosh: Growing Up in Wallace Berman’s World.
Shapiro’s latest book of poetry, In Memory of An Angel, is his first full-length collection in fifteen years
“There are several Puerto / Ricans on the avenue today, which / makes it beautiful and warm,” wrote Frank O’Hara in “A Step Away from Them.” It was 1956, the day after Jackson Pollock’s funeral.
The Tranquilized Tongue (City Lights Books, 2014), Eric Baus’s fourth book, is his best yet. It consists of more than sixty compact prose poems, some of which are only one sentence long, and with none as long as the first one, “The Illuminated Egg,” a single block of ten sentences.