Often I am permitted: Jess and Robert Duncan
This work of Jess (Colins) (Duncan’s lifelong love) echoes Duncan’s iconic poem with the image of the meadow (“the opening off the field”) in the background and the game of “Ring a Ring o’ Roses” in the foreground; as well as, perhaps, intimations of the “Queen Under The Hill”/likenesses of “the First Beloved.” The collage is on view till May 6 at Tibor de Nagy Gallery.
Often I Am Permitted to Return to a Meadow
just the poem: San Francisco State University 1959: MP3 and Berkeley/1965: MP3
Duncan’s one-hour discussion of this poem at SF State, 1959: MP3
Discussion of this poem on PoemTalk, with Jerome Rothenberg, Jeffrey Robinson, and me, hosted by Al Filreis (see picture)