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COLUMN SEVENTY-FIVE, SEPTEMBER 1, 2002
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PHILIP WHALEN,
1923-2002

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A good man flown to the old zen zone.  

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Subject: SF Gate: Philip Whalen -- co-founder of Beat poetry
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Vita brevis

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Thursday, June 27, 2002 (SF Chronicle)

Philip Whalen -- co-founder of Beat poetry

Heidi Benson, Chronicle Staff Writer

Philip Whalen, a seminal member of the Beat poets who began a San Francisco poetry renaissance in the 1950s, died Wednesday morning in San Francisco after a long illness.

Mr. Whalen, who was ordained as a Zen Buddhist priest in 1973 and served as abbot of the Hartford Street Zen Center in San Francisco, was 78.

"He was a poet's poet," said Gary Snyder, on hearing of his friend's death. "His intelligence and skill is very subtle and very deep. There are many poets who feel in his debt."

In 1955, Mr. Whalen joined Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Philip Lamantia and Snyder for the historic Six Gallery reading. Organized by poet Kenneth Rexroth, who was later dubbed the "godfather" of the Beats, the reading took place in a former auto repair shop at Fillmore and Union for an audience of 150.

The poets---most of whom hadn't met before that night---became instant celebrities. Whalen's poetry was soon published in the influential Evergreen Review and appeared in the 1959 Grove Press anthology, "New American Poetry."

Born in Portland, Ore., on Oct. 20, 1923, Mr. Whalen grew up in The Dalles on the Columbia River. He attended Reed College on the GI bill after serving in the Army Air Forces during World War II. Snyder was a classmate, and recalled that Mr. Whalen was already immersed in Asian philosophy and poetry at that time.

They exchanged letters for many years, Snyder said, "about politics, philosophy, literature, poetics, Buddhist practice and Buddhist thought---all on a kind of fun level."

"He reminded me of Dr. Samuel Johnson. His humor was dry, witty, ironic and learned," said Snyder. "It was always very instructive."

Mr. Whalen's many books include the 1967 poetry collection "On Bear's Head"; "Canoeing up Cabarga Creek: Buddhist Poems 1955-1986"; "Enough Said: 1974-1979"; "Heavy Breathing: Poems, 1967-1980"; "The Kindness of Strangers"; "Severance Pay"; and "Two Novels."

In recent days, while discussing his death with friends whom he thought were treating the subject too morbidly, Mr. Whalen said: "I'd like to be laid on a bed of frozen raspberries."  

He is survived by a sister, Velna Whalen, of San Diego. Plans for a memorial service are pending.
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Subject: Beat poet co-founder Philip Whalen dies at 78
Date: Mon, 01 Jul 2002 09:51:34

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Beat poet co-founder Philip Whalen dies at 78

  Thursday, June 27, 2002

(06-27) 14:07 PDT SAN FRANCISCO (AP) --

Philip Whalen, an original member of San Francisco's Beat poets who ignited the poetry renaissance of the 1950s and attended the historic Six Gallery reading, has died. He was 78.

Whalen, who died Wednesday after a long illness, was ordained as a Zen Buddhist priest in 1973 and served as abbot at the city's Hartford Street Zen Center. Whalen became fascinated with Asian philosophy and poetry years ago after serving in the Army Air Forces during World War II. Born in 1923 in Portland, he attended Reed College on the GI bill after his stint in the military.

"He was a poet's poet," said friend and classmate Gary Snyder. "His intelligence and skill is very subtle and very deep. There are many poets who feel in his debt."

In 1955, Whalen met in a former auto repair shop with Snyder, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure and Philip Lamantia. About 150 people showed up for the Six Gallery reading that was organized by Kenneth Rexroth, the so-called "godfather" of the Beats.

Whalen's poetry was soon published in the Evergreen Review and appeared in "New American Poetry," the 1959 Grove Press anthology.

Whalen went on to publish several poetry books, including "On Bear's Head," published in 1967; "Canoeing up Cabarga Creek: Buddhist Poems 1955-1986;" and "Heavy Breathing: Poems 1967-1980."

Days before his passing, Whalen told his friends they were treating the discussion of his death too morbidly. "I'd like to be laid on a bed of frozen raspberries," he said.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2002/06/27/obituary1707EDT0117.DTL  ##

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Date: Tue, 2 Jul 2002 17:19:55 EDT
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Philip Whalen, an Original Beat Poet, 78, Dies

SAN FRANCISCO, July 1 -- Philip Whalen, an original member of San Francisco's Beat poets who ignited the poetry renaissance of the 1950's and attended the historic Six Gallery reading, died in San Francisco last Wednesday after a long illness. He was 78.

Mr. Whalen was ordained a Zen Buddhist priest in 1973. He became fascinated with Asian philosophy and poetry after serving in the Army Air Forces during World War II. He was born in 1923 in Portland, Ore., and attended Reed College after the war.

In 1955, Mr. Whalen met in a former auto repair shop with Gary Snyder, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure and Philip Lamantia for the Six Gallery reading.

Mr. Whalen's poetry was soon published in the Evergreen Review and appeared in "New American Poetry," the 1959 Grove Press anthology.

He went on to publish several poetry books, including "On Bear's Head," published in 1967; "Canoeing up Cabarga Creek: Buddhist Poems 1955-1986"; and "Heavy Breathing: Poems 1967-1980."  ##

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