Bob Kaufman's Collected Poems: A celebration AFTER his 95th birthday—poetry and jazz—coming Fall 2020


          The holey little holes
          In my skin,
          Millions of little
          Secret graves,
          Filled with dead
          That won't stay

          The hairy little hairs
          On my head,
          Millions of little
          Secret trees,
          Filled with dead
          That won't stay

          When I die,
          I won't stay

          Bob Kaufman


CANCELED: The Poetry Center's events scheduled for March 12, 13, 19, and April 2, 2020 have been canceled by the university, together with all university-sponsored public programs through April 5, due to concerns involving covid-19.

Additionally, we are canceling all remaining Spring events, scheduled for April 9, 18, 23, 24, and May 7, 8.

We plan to reschedule these programs for Fall 2020.

In celebration of the recent publication of the Collected Poems of Bob Kaufman, edited by Neeli Cherkovski, Raymond Foye, and Tate Swindell, by City Lights Books, we're assembling a gathering of poets, artists, and musicians on what would be the late poet's 95th birthday. Hosted by McRoskey Mattress Co., in their wonderful 3rd floor loft space, and co-sponsored by The Poetry Center, City Lights Books, and The Green Arcade, this event is free and open to the public. Please join us. Photo of Bob Kaufman by A.D. Winans.

"He was an original voice. No one else talked like him. No one else wrote poetry like him."––Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Collected Poems of Bob Kaufman
a celebration on his 95th
birthday—poetry and jazz
Saturday April 18, 2020
7:00 pm @ McRoskey Mattress Co.
1687 Market Street (at Gough), San Francisco
free and open to the public
co-sponsored by The Poetry Center, City Lights Books, and The Green Arcade