|Neeli Cherkovski . .
ELEGY FOR BOB KAUFMAN
Elegy for Bob Kaufman is poetry of elegance and feeling, a beautiful tribute to a “gone world.” It speaks to the author’s youthful memories of a great poet, Bob Kaufman—an enormously complex and difficult man. Cherkovski brings to life San Francisco’s bohemian community in the late fifties and early sixties.
“[writing this book] . . . taught me a lot about
Of Bob Kaufman: Impossible wisdom fell into his lap and out his fingertips. Lovely words formed on his lips.
Neeli Cherkovski has written a magnificent tribute to the memory
of Bob Kaufman. Neeli and Bob were close friends and true colleagues
in the art of poetry. This gathering of poems is an expression of
an era in San Francisco’s North Beach literary community. I
recommend it to all readers.
Cherkovski’s book conjures up the author’s youthful
experience of a great poet and an enormously problematical man, but
beyond that, it is the imagination of a bohemian world which somehow
worked while Kaufman was in it.
Trade paperback - 112 pages - $11.95