Neeli Cherkovski


Visions and Affiliations is a landmark in literary studies. The history embodied here is written in a clear and concise style by a masterful chronicler and critic who is a respected poet with an astonishing body of work. It is Jack Foley’s own life as a poet that makes this project stand out. In the two volumes of Visions and Affiliations, he digs deep, illuminating little known facts about such poets as Kenneth Rexroth, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Charles Bukowski, while, at the same time, giving us “hidden histories” from across California. So many of these moments occur that it makes one pause to wonder about the past, how much there is in it of value, how important a lot of it can be. An innovative voice in American poetry, Foley now emerges as an innovator as to how we respond to our literary heritage. This book is essential reading for poets, readers of poetry and anyone interested in our cultural legacy.

               —Neeli Cherkovski