3. Mr. Amnesia: Cambridge
In 1962, after ten years of writing poetry, my book,
Uncle Dog & Other Poems, was published by Putnam
in England. That was followed by two books from
Cornell University Press, Kissing the Dancer and
Thousand-Year-Old Fiancee. Then in 1966, I was
invited to do 14 poetry readings in a two-week
stretch at places like Dartmouth, Amherst, and the
University of Connecticut.
The day before I was scheduled to embark on the
reading series, I was hit by a speeding MG in
I lost my memory for a period of about 24 hours.
Just as I saw the world fresh while cruising to a
war zone, so I now caught a glimpse of what a city
like Cambridge can look like when one's inner slate,
so to speak, is wiped clean.
Note: Yes, I made ALL the readings. Interest in autobiography & life history dates from experience with amnesia.
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