All Poetics Are Local: Louis Cuneo and the
Berkeley Poetry Festival
Clive Matson (MFA Columbia University) was drafted as Chalcedony's (kal-SAID-'n-ease) astonished scribe in 2004. His early teachers were Beats in New York City, and, amazingly, his seventh book was placed in John Wieners' coffin. He became immersed in the stream of passionate intensity that runs through us all and has finally stopped trying to go anywhere else. He writes from the itch in his body, to the delight of his students, and that's old hat, according to Let the Crazy Child Write! (1998), the text he uses to make his living, teaching creative writing. His essays have appeared in a variety of journals, including Poets & Writers. He enjoys playing basketball, table tennis, and collecting minerals in the field. He lives in Oakland, California, where he helps bring up his teenage son, Ezra. The City of Berkeley awarded Clive a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. Visit Clive at www.matsonpoet.com.