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Robert Edward Duncan (January 7, 1919 in Oakland, California – February 3, 1988) was an American poet and a devotee of Hilda "H.D." Doolittle and the Western esoteric tradition who spent most of his career in and around San Francisco. Though associated with any number of literary traditions and schools, Duncan is often identified with the poets of the New American Poetry and Black Mountain College. Duncan saw his work as emerging especially from the tradition of Pound, Williams and Lawrence. Duncan was a key figure in the San Francisco Renaissance. Not only a poet, but also a public intellectual, Duncan's presence was felt across many facets of popular culture. Duncan's name is prominent in the history of pre-Stonewall gay culture and in the emergence of bohemian socialist communities of the 1930s and '40s, in the Beat Generation, and also in the cultural and political upheaval of the 1960s, influencing occult and gnostic circles of the time. During the later part of his life, Duncan's work, published by City Lights and New Directions, came to be distributed worldwide, and his influence as a poet is evident today in both mainstream and avant-garde writing.

A Curriculum Of The Soul

Volume One & Volume Two

edited by John Clarke and Albert Glover

ISBN 978-1-944682-17-0

$20.00        440 pages

ISBN 978-1-944682-16-3

$20.00        456 pages

 

The Duncan Era

One Reader's Cosmology

Patrick James Dunagan

ISBN 978-1-944682-12-5

$15.00        108 pages