Robert Hunter

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On this spoken-word album, Robert Hunter read some of the poems published in an identically titled book, as well as several from his earlier Night Cadre and one each from Idiot's Delight and Infinity Minus Eleven. Hunter's late flowering as a poet seemed to expand his subject matter, and the best pieces here concerned jazz and poetry itself, sometimes using bits of sung verse to liven up the proceedings. Hunter was very much in the tradition of the San Francisco poets of the 1950s, though it was clear he had read everyone from William Carlos Williams to Wallace Stevens, and his work often built on that of his predecessors.

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