bill sherman

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Introduction Born in Phila. Local schools / Temple U... M.A.(5/64), Ph.D.(2/68), SUNY Buffalo. LANDSCAPE OF CONTEMPORARY CINEMA (co-author, Leon Lewis),1967; short film, MAXIMUS TO HIMSELF, based on Charles Olson poem (co-director, Theodora Cichy), original in Natl. Archives, BFI. Lecturer, U. of Hull, 67-68. Documentary play, The Case of Ezra Pound, published 1970 (Anglo-Welsh Review). Foolishly resigned tenured post, University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, in 1972, to write full-time. A dozen books/chapbooks of poetry published inc., THE HORSES OF GWYDDNO GARANHIR(76), HEART ATTACK & SPANISH SONGS(81), MERMAIDS parts I and II(86), SHE WANTS TO GO TO PAGO-PAGO(86), GLIMPSES OF INDIA & NEPAL(88), TAHITIAN JOURNALS(90), FROM THE SOUTH SEAS(97), THE MANA OF THE MOAI(Spanner #41, 04). Anthology appearances include NEW POETRY 3 (1977), THE SPANUAL (77), FOOLS HOUSE(80), MATIERES ANGLETERRE(84), FABER BOOK OF MOVIE VERSE(93), THE STILL HORIZON(02), IN THE COMPANY OF POETS(03). Numerous essays/reviews published in U.S. and UK. Editor-publisher, Branch Redd Review (poetry journal) & Branch Redd Books. 2 Archives @ Beinecke (with thanks to DJH).
Interests Florbela Espanca, Free Tibet, Animal rights & liberation/Ending the harp-seal slaughter/& Justice Douglas' dissent in Sierra Club v. Morton, Literature, Film, Art, Aung San Suu Kyi, Polynesia
Favorite Movies City Lights, Tabu, The Goddess (Ruan Lingyu), Casablanca, Brother Orchid/Key Largo, Harvey, Random Harvest, Les Enfants Du Paradis, Orphee, How Green Was My Valley/Last Days Of Dolwyn, noir from J-P Melville & Bogart/Bacall to L'Homme Du Train, Godard/Coutard & nouvelle vague, Welles, Huston/Hawks/Eastwood, Papillon/The Great Escape, Preston Sturgis/Frank Capra, Tracy/Hepburn, Woody Allen, Fellini, Satyajit Ray, Kurosawa, Stage To Thunder Rock/One-Eyed Jacks/Ride The High Country, Billy Liar/Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, To Die In Madrid/Kaluaikoolau, The Sting/Butch & Sundance, Coffee & Cigarettes/Broken Flowers, Matador/Volver, Lili Marlene/The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead/Pepe le Moko/House Of Games, The Harder They Come/Once Were Warriors, Pan's Labyrinth/Beasts Of The Southern Wild, Shirley Clarke's The Cool World/Cassavetes' Shadows, Round Midnight/Ascenseur pour l'echafaud, ETC. ETC.
Favorite Music being hearing-impaired now it's all from back when and memory: Coltrane, Miles, Monk, Trudy Pitts & Mr. C, Bootsie Barnes, Sun Ra, Chet, Billie, Blossom Dearie, Sinatra, Ewan MacColl, Airplane's Surrealistic Pillow/Joni Mitchell's Blue, Doc Watson/Lightnin' Hopkins, Fred Neil, Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Sade, Astrud Gilberto, Cesaria Evora, Amalia/Mariza, Philip Glass' "La Belle et la Bete", GYMNOPEDIES, Sandy Denny's "Farewell", and ad infinitum....
Favorite Books Asa Benveniste THE ATOZ FORMULA, Allen Fisher LONG SHOUT TO KERNEWEK, Shreela Ray, Poe, Conrad, Jean Rhys, Jakov Lind, Howard Jacobson KALOOKI NIGHTS/Malamud, Nathanael West, Donleavy/Kesey/Terry Southern/William Goldman (Soldier In The Rain), Saramago THE TALE OF THE UNKNOWN ISLAND (illustrated by Peter Sis), Robert Dean Frisbie THE BOOK OF PUKA-PUKA, Olivia R. Breitha MY LIFE OF EXILE IN KALAUPAPA, Ron Falconer TOGETHER ALONE, Michael Dougherty TO STEAL A KINGDOM, Carolyn Cassady OFF THE ROAD, Eric Mottram BLOOD ON THE NASH AMBASSADOR, Hemingway, David Goodis DOWN THERE, Lyn Lifshin BLACK APPLES, Daniel Woodrell TOMATO RED, Jim Carroll THE BASKETBALL DIARIES, Richard Jessup THE CINCINNATI KID, Peter Cohen DIARY OF A SIMPLE MAN, Leonard Cohen BEAUTIFUL LOSERS, Tim Winton CLOUDSTREET, Adrian C. Louis EVIL CORN, Lewis MacAdams THE RIVER, Akhmatova, EP/WCW/HD's 'Winter Love', Bunting, Niedecker, Oppen, Sorley Maclean, Kavanagh, Rukeyser/Levertov, Larkin/Stevie Smith/Bukowski, Olson/Creeley, Dorn, Bill Griffiths COLLECTED EARLIER POEMS, Paul Evans THE DOOR OF TALDIR, Iain Sinclair LUD HEAT, John LeCarre A PERFECT SPY, Charles Nicholl RIMBAUD IN AFRICA, Ayaan Hirsi Ali INFIDEL/Zizek, Pierre Joris MEDITATIONS OF THE STATIONS OF MANSUR AL-HALLAJ, Isabelle Eberhardt THE OBLIVION SEEKERS, Byron Rogers THE MAN WHO WENT INTO THE WEST, Margaret Lloyd A MOMENT IN THE FIELD, UNDER MILK WOOD, Homer trans. Logue, Neruda LA ROSA SEPARADA, Spain Rodriguez Cruisin' with the Hound, W.H.Bonner Pirate Laureate: The Life & Legends of Captain Kidd, etc. & onward....