Reads. March 2005. Recorded in Magdalena, NM
Gene Frumkin (1928-2007) was an American poet and teacher. Born and raised in New York City and educated at the University of California, Los Angeles (B.A. in English, 1950), Eugene Frumkin worked as a bank teller before beginning his writing career as a journalist. He first took up poetry seriously while enrolled in an adult education class taught by the poet Thomas McGrath. Frumkin was an editor at the Daily Bruin while at UCLA. During the 1950s he was Poetry Editor of the literary journal Coastlines, which he co-founded with Mel Weisburd in 195. In 1966, Frumkin moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to take a teaching position at the University of New Mexico, where he remained until his retirement in 1994. At the University Frumkin edited the Blue Mesa Review and taught a number of students who would go on to distinguished careers, including Joy Harjo, Simon Ortiz, and Leslie Marmon Silko. Frumkin’s poetry has appeared in Evergreen Review, Kayak, The Paris Review, Poetry Magazine, and many other literary magazines. His work is noted for its meditative character, its wit, and its unexpected turns and surprises, which show the influence of Surrealism.
Works: The Hawk and the Lizard (Swallow Press, 1963) The Orange Tree (Cyfoeth, 1965) The Rainbow-Walker (Grasshopper Press, 1968) Dostoevsky and Other Nature Poems (Solo Press, 1972) Locust Cry: Poems 1958-1965 (San Marcos Press, 1973) The Indian Rio Grande: Recent Poems from 3 Cultures (co-editor, with Stanley Noyes; San Marcos Press, 1977) The Mystic Writing-Pad (Red Hill Press, 1977) Loops (San Marcos Press, 1979) Clouds and Red Earth (Swallow Press, 1981) A Lover’s Quarrel with America (Automatic Press, 1985) A Sweetness in the Air (Solo Press, 1987) Comma in the Ear (Living Batch Press, 1990) Saturn Is Mostly Weather: Selected and Uncollected Poems (Cinco Puntos Press, 1992) The Old Man Who Swam Away and Left Only His Wet Feet (La Alameda Press, 1998) Falling Into Meditation (Instress, 1999) Freud by Other Means (La Alameda Press, 2003) The Curvature of the Earth (co-author, with Alvaro Cardona-Hine; University of New Mexico, 2007) source
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