Jim Dine

Dine, Jim: - My Poetry Biography, by Jim Dine, 2014:

I was born in 1935. The real story is that I didn't meet poetry till I was 19 when my sculpture professor, Dave Hosteller, at Ohio University, played Dylan Thomas reading his poems an a Caedmon LP record. He also gave me Under Milk Wood (Thomas's radio play) to listen to. During my early 20s, I made performances in New York with colleagues in the downtown art world. My most elaborate work, called Car Crash, was a cacophony of sounds and words spoken by a great white Venus with animal grunts and howls by me. Five years later, I illustrated Ron Padgett's translation of Apollinaire's The Poet Assassinated. Meeting Ron introduced me to his work and the works of other poets he admired. At the same time, I met and fell in love with Robert Creeley. He was, to me, all about poetry. He was generous with his thoughts, but it was his Massachusetts-accented voice that was the poetry. I read Read More chevron_right