Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

The Beat of His Own Drum 

Wednesday, May 28 2008
On October 7, 1955, five young poets read at an art gallery on Fillmore Street at an event that would change the face of American poetry. While the debut of Allen Ginsberg's infamous "Howl" is widely considered to be the night’s highlight, the event also launched the career of Gary Snyder, whom Lawrence Ferlinghetti dubbed "the Thoreau of the Beat Generation," and who is often described as the preeminent American pastoral poet. "Far Out Friends: Poetry & Music" celebrates Snyder's five-decade career as well as the worldwide premiere of four Snyder poems set to music by composers Fred Frith, Allaudin Mathieu, Robert Morris, and Roy Whelden, as performed by contralto Karen Clark and the Galax Quartet. Snyder himself will open the evening with introductory comments and also close the event — accompanied by the quartet — with a reading of "The Berry Feast," the same poem he read at the landmark Six Gallery reading back in 1955.
Wed., June 4, 8 p.m., 2008

About The Author

Andy Tennille


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed
  1. Most Popular


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"