Visions & Affiliations: A California Literary Time Line—Poets & Poetry 1940-2005 is a chronoencyclopedia of a scene that stretches over sixty-five years. People, ideas, and stories appear, disappear, and reappear as the second half of the century moves forward. Poetry is a major element in this kaleidoscopic California scene.
That is similar to saying The Odyssey is about a guy trying to go home. It is true, but only barely suggests the majesty, depth of knowledge and cultural synergy that Jack Foley brings to the reader in this panoramic overview. Whether you randomly pick out passages, or read it cover to cover, the writing, personalities and events are patiently waiting to engage you, undiminished and transcendent. This work of many years of study and tireless enthusiasm has been published by Pantograph Press. It was a great honor that Jack choose 2 of my images for the covers (part 2 is above.)
"What a towering inferno of a project. Your timeline brings home the fact that the creative ferment in this period, in this place, rivals any world-changing cultural conjuncture (such as occurred in Paris, Berlin, London, New York...) in modern times."