I’ve gone and asked a few of the Jack Kerouac School’s Faculty: “Who/what/where are some of your personal artistic influences?” I thought it’d be enjoyable to see what makes them tick (and tock)!
Let’s begin with Reed Bye!
Reed Bye is a poet and scholar, born in Patterson, New Jersey. He teaches poetry workshops and courses in classic and contemporary literary studies and contemplative poetics. His own work includes: Join the Planets: New and Selected Poems, Passing Freaks and Graces, Gaspar Still in His Cage and Some Magic at the Dump. His work has appeared in a number of anthologies including Nice to See You: Homage to Ted Berrigan, The Angel Hair Anthology, Sleeping on the Wing and Civil Disobediences: Poetics and Politics in Action. He holds a PhD in English from the University of Colorado.
reed, harry, jack, and stephen atop flagstaff
My poems birthed on Sugarloaf Mountain just west of Boulder from broken heart, age 21, after earlier imitations of New Jersey high school friend, Jim Matthews, who published freeform spontaneous energy observation and feeling poems in literary mag there. Now, 1969-ish in Boulder, under gradual great influence of Jack Collom, poet proper, I tried a few or they tried me, more true, and showed them to Jack who has encouraged to this day. Of many other influences, I name Robert Creeley in particular, because of minimal abstract real power there of looking at what can’t be seen exactly, seen exactly. In the momentary energies of sight, in words, insight!