Ruth Weiss: Coming into Focus

Ruth Weiss was in town for the 60th anniversary of City Lights Bookstore. She was also in town when City Lights began in 1953. In honor of her turning 85, there was a gathering at Focus Gallery (run by John Perino). It was late afternoon, which is to say we were late. We missed a crowded reading which included Andrei Codrescu. Present were Jack Hirschman (who gave her a hand-drawn piece incorporating the letters of her name into a poem), Peter Sherburn-Zimmer (who free-styled), as well as ruth. (“weiss spells her name in lowercase as such as a symbolic protest against ‘law and order,’ since in her birthplace of Germany all nouns are spelled capitalized.”)

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