Jake Berry

 


“Chronoencyclopedia” is precisely the right word. This is THE document of what California poetry was and is from 1940 throughout the remainder of the century and how that century opened into the present one. All the connections are here.

It would usually require a team of scholars to compose such a book, but you have worked all over the place, being many people at once, to accumulate, organize and present this history in the broadest, most coherent way.

100 years from now, and certainly long before, this will be the authoritative document of the history of poetry in California of the period. Then the readers will ask, “Who is this Foley guy? What else did he do?” and they will discover the poetry (if they haven't already) and it will change their lives. It is impossible to say of course which will reach them first, but they will be reached and will be changed.

This is further evidence that you have created / lived a poetry that is unlike any other. An earthquake has come to California that will alter the landscape forever. Only this is an earthquake that creates instead of destroys. It has been felt globally and the waves will continue far into the future. The word Foley will become synonymous with everything that is substantial and lasting about poetry. For many of us this has simply been the way of things for over a quarter of a century.

               —Jake Berry


[Ivan Argüelles on Jake Berry’s remarks: “‘It would usually require a team of scholars to compose such a book, but you have worked all over the place, being many people at once’ ... I think what Jake says here really hits the mark ... ‘being many people at once’ ... I continue to be amazed that you, a single person, did THIS ... in the day of dumbing down you are smarting the whole thing UP”]