Born August 16, 1926 in Phoenix, Arizona, to Lewis Barrett Welch Sr. and Dorothy Brownfield Welch. Mrs. Welch was the daughter of a wealthy Phoenix surgeon. Following the birth of Welch's sister his parents marriage broke up, and Dorothy Welch moved the family to California in 1929. Welch was three at the time, and for most of his childhood his mother moved from town to town in California. He attended schools in Santa Monica, Coronado, La Mesa, and El Cajon. In Palo, Alto Welch finished high school.
Welch entered Reed College in 1948, and the following year moved into a house with Gary Snyder; the following year they were joined by Philip Whalen. By the fall of 1949 Welch was ... more »
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Lew Welch Poems
I Saw Myself
I saw myself a ring of bone in the clear stream of all of it
Not yet 40, my beard is already white.
Not yet 40, my beard is already white. Not yet awake, my eyes are puffy and red, like a child who has cried too much.
Dear Joanne, Last night Magda dreamed that she, you, Jack, and I were driving around
The image, as in a Hexagram:
The image, as in a Hexagram: The hermit locks his door against the blizzard. He keeps the cabin warm.
Taxi Suite (excerpt: 1. After Anacreon)
When I drive cab I am moved by strange whistles and wear a hat When I drive cab
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I Saw Myself
I saw myself
a ring of bone
in the clear stream
of all of it
always to be open to it
that all of it
might flow through
and then heard
"ring of bone" where
ring is what a