Monday, June 03, 2013
Poet Kenneth Rexroth, when asked "Why do you write?" loves to tell people, "To overthrow the capitalist system & to get laid — in that order."
Kenneth Rexroth (December 22, 1905 – June 6, 1982) was an American poet, translator and critical essayist. He is regarded as a central figure in the San Francisco Renaissance, and paved the groundwork for the movement.Although he did not consider himself to be a Beat poet, and disliked the association, he was dubbed the "Father of the Beats" by Time. He was among the first poets in the United States to explore traditional Japanese poetic forms such as haiku.