David lived here in Placitas, New Mexico, in mid 60’s and in 1966 duende press published his Touch, poems, (mimeo inside, printed cover) . . . over all these years we’ve kept in TOUCH as these wonderful memento postcards and his letters attest . . .
love back to you always David,
larry . . .
“Years before there were poetry slams, Franks was pushing poetry outside its usual bounds, blending words and action in a way that made him ‘one of the first of the performance poets,’ said Megan Hamilton, co-founder and program director of the Creative Alliance.” (from the Baltimore Sun obituary) You can hear Andrei Codescu remember David on NPR.
Everything about him was performance, even his post cards which were sent to many people. Here’s what he sent me.
a poem to Adrianna Amari
I want to say a prayer
For all that has been given
All that has been received, It is said
They are all the same.
100 bluebirds swarmed the back yard.