John Wieners


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Boston-born poet, attended Black Mountain College, where he was influenced by Olson and Robert Duncan, and of which he wrote A Memory (1969). In San Francisco (1957–60) during the period of the Beat movement, he came to prominence with his locally issued The Hotel Wentley Poems (1958), eight poems related to experiences of that year, presenting with deep emotion a world of outcasts, particularly dope addicts and homosexuals. In addition to many broadsides and leaflets, he has published Nerves (1970) and Selected Poems (1971). His plays, including Jive Shoelaces and Anklesox (1967), have been produced in little theaters.

Subjects: Literature.

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