Joanne Kyger, Beat Generation Poet, Dies at 82 –
By SAM ROBERTSAPRIL 6, 2017
Joanne Kyger, a prolific poet whose works, inspired by natural wonders
and Zen Buddhism, distinguished her as one of the few women embraced by the Beat Generation writers’ fraternity, died on March 22 at her home in Bolinas, Calif. She was 82.
Then you grow upand get to be post -humanin a past that keeps happeningahead of you
Brenda Knight wrote in “Women of the Beat Generation: The Writers, Artists and Muses at the Heart of a Revolution” (1996)
that Ms. Kyger’s poetry “is exemplary of Buddhist consciousness in Beat writing, of a sensibility for which wisdom is the greatest beauty.”
Ms. Kyger’s poetry appeared in about 30 collections, drawing a devoted, though relatively small, following.
I choose to think of her waiting for him concocting his adventures bringing the misfortunes to him— she must have had her hands full
In a critical essay, Matilde Martín González wrote, “Kyger’s practice consists of re-imagining a more fruitful account of the story for framing her own life
and career in the early 1960s as a woman involved in all-male poetic circles, no matter how benevolent to her.”
Ms. Kyger’s last collection, “There You Are: Interviews, Journals, and Ephemera,” is to be published in September.
In one passage, she recalled meeting the 27-year-old Dalai Lama, “lounged on a velvet couch like a gawky adolescent in red robes.”
“And then Allen Ginsberg says to him how many hours do you meditate a day,” Ms. Kyger wrote, “and he says me?