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When I Was a Poet

A collection of poems by

A milestone in City Lights history, David Meltzer's When I Was a Poet is number sixty of the famous Pocket Poets Series. The title work is an ambitious late masterpiece from a legendary poet at the height of his powers, a spiritual assessment of the meaning of a lifetime of writing poetry. Also included are reminiscences of California bohemian life, a series of mystical amulets, and profound meditations on love, loss, aging and death. Associated with the Beat Generation and late '60s psychedelia, musician, novelist and editor David Meltzer is one of America's foremost living poets.

"Meltzer is a prolific poet of many modes and voices, quite a few of which are here, love poems, poems out of childhood, a series of "amulets," cryptic short wisdom poems, and much more. These are all tasty, often ironic and/or mysterious, pieces of Davidness to be savored . . . " - Richard Silberg, Poetry Flash

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May 2011 : USA Paperback

Title: When I Was a Poet (City Lights Pocket Poets Series (60))
Author(s): David Meltzer
ISBN: 0-87286-516-9 / 978-0-87286-516-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: City Lights Publishers
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