“Jack Foley is doing great things in articulating the poetic consciousness ofSan Francisco .” —Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
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JACK FOLEY is a poet and critic living in the San Francisco Bay area. His poetry books include Letters/Lights—Words for Adelle; Gershwin; Exiles; Adrift (nominated for a Northern California Book Reviewers Award); Greatest Hits 1974-2003; and Ash on an Old Man’s Sleeve. His books of criticism include the companion volumes, O Powerful Western Star (winner of the Artists Embassy Literary/Cultural Award 1998-2000) and Foley’s Books: California Rebels, Beats, and Radicals as well as The Dancer and the Dance: A Book of Distinctions. Foley’s radio show, Cover to Cover, is heard every Wednesday at 3pm Pacific time on KPFA; past shows are available as podcasts at KPFA's web site; his column, “Foley’s Books,” appears in the online magazine, The Alsop Review. Steven Hirsch, editor of Heaven Bone, writes,
Foley's work is both seminal and shamanic, evolving from the linguistic musical tradition of the original S.F. 'Beat' poet/performers and extending that eye, ear and voice of penetrating clarity into a modern mythology...This is a performance art that pries open new expressive possibilities...Very little poetry these days is as compelling or as comprehensively challenging to the imagination.
In June 2010, Foley received the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Berkeley Poetry Festival. For more information, go to:
ADELLE FOLEY is a retirement administrator, an arts activist, and a writer of haiku. She is on the board of Poetry Flash. Her column, “High Street Neighborhood News,” appears monthly in The MacArthur Metro. Her poems have appeared in various magazines, in the textbooks, An Introduction to Poetry and Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama, and in Columbia University Press’s internet database the Columbia Granger’s World of Poetry. Foley’s readings often include her husband, poet Jack Foley. Along the Bloodline is her first collection.
Beat poet Michael McClure has said:
“Adelle Foley’s haikus show us humanity. Their vitality and imagination shine from her compassion; from seeing things as they truly are.”
And poet Leza Lowitz asserts that “In Along the Bloodline, Adelle Foley transplants the 16th-century Japanese haiku form to 21st-century America with grace and humanism. . . Basho’s spirit is alive and well, spinning out verses in Oakland."
"The first time I heard Jack and Adelle perform (early 90s probably) I had never heard two performers talk at the same time without my being annoyed. But when they gave forth I was wonderfully excited by my disorientation. I think 'blown away' is the expression. It was the way I felt when I first heard John Coltrane and a couple of other musicians perform in Berkeley in the 60s. I didn't know exactly what was happening to me, and I liked that." --Ila Rosenzweig
"Jack Foley is our firebrand experimentalist and he holds his torch high so the reader can have more light. This book (EXILES) makes unique flares and shadows in profound and vivid ways." --Michael McClure
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