Thursday 05 September 2013

Obituary for US poet and collagist Paul Grillo

"Each night on the corner of Hammer & Nails Sts./
The words of the screech owl bleed over the pavements/
and echo down airshafts through the Milky Way...." 


This was the opening of a poem by Philadelphia poet, artist and teacher Paul Grillo about the death of his friend, Beat Generation poet Gregory Corso, in January 2001. The poem, "Midnight on the Gethsemane Local," provides a look at Paul's creative vision, an often far-out blend of surrealism and reality, coloured by the influences of rock 'n' roll, jazz, foreign films and the music of the street....Read more here

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