Book: My Vocabulary Did This To Me: The Collected Works of Jack Spicer

Casey McKinney


Spicer’s one of the last San Francisco beat poets to avoid the seeming universal praise his bones are now swimming in, forty plus years after his death. Of course he eschewed such attention, and drank himself away, but he was surely an antenna to the other side. If you dare take a peak over, his work has been saved from the worms and the ravages of mildew by the adoring hands of editors Kevin Killian and Peter Gizzi. Here’s a collection to be savored for the ages.