Carl Rakosi, 1903-2004
Poet Carl Rakosi died on Friday afternoon 25 June 2004 at the age of 100, after a series of strokes, in his home in San Francisco. [Some eight months before,] My wife Lyn and I were passing through California in November 2003, and we stopped by to have a coffee with Carl at his home in Sunset. By a lucky coincidence, it happened to be his 100th birthday. He was, as always, kind, thoughtful, bright and alert, and as sharp as a pin. We felt privileged to know him.
Here are some poems and other bits and pieces in Jacket magazine, starting with a poem from Carl in 1996:
[»»] Jane Augustine: For Carl Rakosi’s 100th Birthday Celebration
[»»] Robert Creeley: For Carl, Again & Again
[»»] Laurie Duggan: An invitation (poem)
[»»] Michael Heller: For Carl
[»»] Kent Johnson: Prosody and the Outside: Some Notes on Rakosi and Stevens