Bob Kaufman

Bob Kaufman was born in New Orleans in 1925 and spent the 1940s in the Merchant Ma­rine. After a brief period as a labor organizer, he lived a peripatetic existence before settling in San Francisco in the late '50s, where he pub­lished three poetry broadsides with City Lights Books. In 1959, with Allen Ginsberg and others, he co-founded the long-running magazine Beatitude. Following the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963, he maintained a decade-long vow of silence, which he would periodically resume throughout his life. He published two books during the 1960s, Soli­tudes Crowded with Loneliness and Golden Sar­dine, and a third book, The Ancient Rain, in 1981. He died in San Francisco in 1986. He is considered by many to be the finest jazz poet of his generation.

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