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4-15 and 4-27-13 - - Danny Parker relates below
9-18-10 - Crowded by Beauty; A Biography of Poet and Zen Teacher Philip Whalen, by David Schneider, forthcoming from University of California Press. You can download a chapter at On http://www.coyotesjournal.com/.
5-04-08 - A Report on yesterday's Celebration of Philip Whalen at the SF Public Library
photo by Nancy Davis
A few links off the web or this site about Philip Whalen
From Wikipedia More on Answers.com
Philip Whalen (October 20, 1923 – June 26, 2002) was a poet and a key figure in the San Francisco Renaissance and the Beat generation.
Born in Portland, Oregon, Whalen served in the US Army Air Corps during World War 2. He attended Reed College with Gary Snyder and Lew Welch and graduated with a BA in 1951. He read at the famous Six Gallery reading in 1955 that marked the launch of the West Coast beats into the public eye.
Whalen became a Zen Buddhist monk in 1973, becoming head monk, Dharma Sangha, in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1984.
His books include Off the Wall: Interviews with Philip Whalen (1978), Enough Said: 1974-1979 (1980), Heavy Breathing: Poems, 1967-1980 (1983) Two Novels (1986), and Canoeing up Cabarga Creek: Buddhist Poems 1955-1986 (1995).
David Schneider on Philip Whalen - from his journal
On Philip and his passing - interviews, a last visit, cremation ceremony, and a few other offerings - DC
SFZC's sangha-e! in memoriam for Philip
SF Examiner - 6/28/02
New York Times - Sunday, 6/30/02 - by Suzi Winson
A poem by Gene DeSmidt. ZC builder in Oakland
Interview in Poetry Flash by David Meltzer
International Herald Tribune - 6/29/02
San Francisco Chronicle - 6/27/02
AP Breaking News obituary - 6/27/02
Words on Philip's passing - William Benz in Portland
Brian Unger on Philip Whalen - from March Reader's Comments
A note on Philip - from Andrew Main in Santa Fe
Jacket Magazine In Memoriam for Philip Whalen - midway down the page - 13 good links with comments by many fine folks..
Jacket Magazine review of Philip's last book, Overtime: Selected Poems by Philip Whalen. Good photos.
Philip Whalen's Hat - a poem by Joanne Kyger
Big Bridge Press bio (and the photo from above)
The Beat Page - brief bio and four poems.
Good info here and more good links - not sure what it is - Washington.edu
5-11-08 - Miriam Bobkoff emailed in the correct links for her and Miriam Sagan's memories of and in memoriam for Philip Whalen. They're on Santa Poetry Broadside. Here's the in memorium which consists of twelve of Philip's poems, here are the Miriams' memories and here's Anne MacNaughton's.
For more on Philip Whalen on the Internet, just go to Google or your favorite search engine and search away.
Notices at the time of his death
Philip Whalen, our dear friend, fellow student, teacher, Zen priest, poet - October 20, 1923 to June 26, 2002.
Philip’s time of death was June 26 at 5:50 a.m. I'm not sure what he died of and I don't know if anyone is. It may be some sort of blood disease but he seemed to be dying of old age for years - with various complications. Anyway, he remained kind, thoughtful, and whimsical throughout these last years of illness and blindness. - DC
Celebrating the release of The Collected Poems of Philip Whalen - Reed College, March 29th. 2008- thanks, Howie Klein
Celebration on Saturday, May, 3, 2008.
2-27-05 - Suzi Winson and Michael Rothenberg have co-edited a book published by Fish Drum called Continuous Flame: A Tribute to Philip Whalen. Check it out here.
8/27/02 - PHILIP WHALEN MEMORIAL READING on Friday August 30, 7:00 pm in San Francisco.
Donations in memory of Philip Whalen can be sent to Poets In Need Inc. For info write: Lyn Hejinian, Poets In Need, Inc., 2639 Russell St. Berkeley, CA 94705
A memorial service for Philip will be held at Green Gulch Farm in Marin County, CA, at 2:30 on September 1st.
Green Gulch is located at 1601 Shoreline Hwy (Highway 1) just south of Muir Beach.
4-15-13 - from Danny Parker
This material also contained in Danny's longer piece - Summer 1974
One day in the morning at Zen Center, I suppose I seemed out of sorts.
I was in the hall leading to the dining room, cleaning. I'm not sure how I
broadcast my discomfort, but he stopped when he saw me.
More from Danny Parker on Philip
Some of the things Philip Whalen told me have stayed with me for my
entire life. I was 21 years old that summer.
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