Bigotry and Brilliance
From: Bigotry on Broadway
This chapter explores the complicated legacy of Irving Berlin, highlighting some bigoted and problematic views.
Jack Foley has published 17 books of poetry, 5 books of criticism, a book of stories, and a 1300-page “chronoencyclopedia,” Visions & Affiliations: California Poetry 1940-2005. He became well known through his multi-voiced performances with his late wife, Adelle, also a poet. He currently performs with his new life partner, Sangye Land. He has presented poetry on the Pacifica radio station KPFA regularly since 1988 and is currently one of the hosts of KPFA’s literary program, Cover to Cover.He has received two Lifetime Achievement Awards, one from Marquis Who’s Who and one from the Berkeley Poetry Festival, and June 5, 2010 was declared “Jack Foley Day” in Berkeley. Two new books of Foley’s poetry, When Sleep Comes: Shillelagh Songs and Duet of Polygon, a collaboration with Japanese poet Maki Starfield, have recently appeared, and poets/scholars Dana Gioia and Peter Whitfield have published Jack Foley’s Unmanageable Masterpiece—a book of essays dealing with Visions & Affiliations.