Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Albert Huffstickler, Richard Brautigan, and Franz Wright

For fans of Albert Huffstickler, here's a treat courtesy of the always excellent Outlaw Poetry site. His poem The Way of Art, in English and French, along with a nice biographical overview of his career, which, like all good biographical pieces, captures most of the important details and misses all the magic.

Which is why they included the poem. Do spend some time over at Outlaw Poetry and Free Jazz Network. You won't be disappointed.

Here's a great take by Mickey Hess on Richard Brautigan's Sombrero Fallout: a Japanese Novel for his "A Year in Reading" project. Since we're on the subject of IUH favorite Brautigan, how about a little something that has that year end kind of feel:

Feasting and Drinking Went on Far into the Night

Feasting and drinking went on far into the night
but in the end we went home alone to console ourselves
which seems to be what so many things are all about
like the branches of a tree just after the wind
-----stops blowing.

Richard Brautigan

Finally, here's a beauty by Franz Wright entitled The Only Animal.


Anonymous said...

Hi, thanks a lot for featuring outlawpoetry.com on your website and have a great start into 2009. Merci beaucoup de la part de Monsieur K. P.S. Most of the VOX AUDIO releases ( including the Huffstickler one ) are available also via my page.http://theshop.free-jazz.net/vox-audio/shop/audio-poetry/

Jim H. said...

That Hess review of the Brautigan novel is a hoot! I guess I'll have to dust off my copy of "Sombrero Fallout" and find a (very private) place to read it again.


Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Monsieur K:

Hey, thanks for the comment - I've already pushed Vox Audio in this post", but it never hurts to be reminded.

Jim, yeah, the art of the review as slighted bloated blurb ... good stuff. Don

LoneStarLibrarian said...

Huff gave me a copy of this poem once when we visited in Austin. How wonderful to see it translated by his friend Sylvia!

Charles Gramlich said...

I hadn't d of Outlaw Poetry. I'm off to check it out.

Curtis Dunlap said...


Thanks for the post about Huff. I wish I could have met him; it's so nice to get to know him through his poems.

I'm off to check-out outlawpoetry.com


Ed Baker said...

title of one of Norbert Blei's books:

Finding the Lost Woman

and do check out his "new" site:



Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Ed, not sure of the segue, except Baker to Huff to Blei (Tinkers to Evers to Chance), but thanks for the tip. Very nice work, indeed.