Thursday, December 5, 2013

CID CORMAN'S BOND ~








Here is a wonderful and long conversation Philip Rowalnd had with the poet Cid Corman. Between the two, the early years of Cid's travels in Europe are covered, as well as Cid's journey to Italy and the writing of his book of poems SunRockMan (New Directions). Background lighting is shed onto Cid's legendary small press journal Origin and the many poets involved with the journal come in & out of the conversation. We also get a feel for Cid's life in Kyoto with his wife Shizumi, Cid as translator, and the backdrop on the publication of his opus Of — which at this date  (Cid: 1924-2004) has reached three volumes, masterfully printed and bound in Japan. There are more volumes in the wings waiting to be published. This is classic poetry and publishing, at its best, living/dying/surviving.



http://www.flashpointmag.com/corman1.htm


drawing of cid corman by © bob arnold




3 comments:

Conrad DiDiodato said...

Everyone who's in any way encountered Cid, either through his writings, Origin or personal contact, homages the man. Your devotion to the great man, Bob, is moving as is also that of Ed Baker who first introduced to me years ago the legendary editor of Utano. Of course. I've known Cid only through my Samperi project.

I am always moved by the Cid tributes...

Bob Arnold / Longhouse said...

And Frank Samperi, Conrad, as you well know, is one excellent conduit for some of the best of Cid Corman.

In this interview, Cid builds a country.

Stay warm up there in the north
all's well, Bob

bill sherman said...

nice line sketch of Cid....