My Lewis Warsh
I knew Lewis for about 40 years. When he and his wife/partner Bernadette Mayer would have parties in their home I would go. I attended every one of his readings. He published a book of mine, Political Conditions / Physical States. Once when I received $5,000 as a grant from the fund for poetry, I knew as a recipient of SSD/SSI I would have to return half the money over to the government. I had very little money at the time. I signed the check over to Lewis. He cashed it and gave me the money. I also attended a workshop of his at The Poetry Project about how to run a poetry magazine.
TOM SAVAGE is the author of 11 books of poetry, including, most recently Sonnets, Mostly, his collaboration with the late Bill Kushner, consisting of 135 poems they wrote collaboratively in the last two years of Bill’s life and Brainlifts, published by Straw Gate Books. He has taught at The Poetry Project, where he has given readings since 1968, and other places too numerous to mention.