116th St & Broadway, New York, NY 10027, United States
Columbia University where Ronald Johnson received a Bachelor of Arts degree.
1450 Jayhawk Blvd, Lawrence, KS 66045, United States
The University of Kansas where Ronald Johnson studied.
Ronald Johnson in 1963.
(This book encompasses a year, October to October: on foot...)
This book encompasses a year, October to October: on foot for a month in the Lake Country, Wordsworth in one hand and a staff in the other; a walk in spring from the mouth of the Wye, up its winding valley, to its source in Wales high on the flanks of Plynlimmon, and various excursions to gardens, follies, and grottoes, to Gilbert White's Selborne, and to the carved foilage and green men of the Chapter House at Southwell Minster.
(This cookbook includes regional traditions collected all ...)
This cookbook includes regional traditions collected all over the southwest. This book gives the experience of 20 years of cooking, new ingredients, new methods, and tools - particularly the food processor.
(ARK is a metaphysical poem that could only have been writ...)
ARK is a metaphysical poem that could only have been written in our time, of which it displays a new vision. It is a late harvest of seeds sown by Blake, L. Frank Baum, the Bible, and Zukofsky, all in a new architecture, a wholly new voice, and even new chemistry of words and images. It is for those who can see visions, and for those who know how to look well and be taught that they can see them.
(Edited by Peter O'Leary, To Do As Adam Did includes works...)
Edited by Peter O'Leary, To Do As Adam Did includes works from the full range of Johnson's career, including The Shrubberies, the long poetic sequence he was writing at the time of his death. What did Adam do? He named: naming built the Garden he dwelt in, allowing him to see it through words. Johnson recognizes the brain and the universe as mirror images: astrophysics is horticulture; scientific perception is gardening.
(This volume, edited by Peter O'Leary, is a collection of ...)
This volume, edited by Peter O'Leary, is a collection of Johnson's final poems, condensed and cosmic meditations on death and the natural world - the halftones of reality/of veritable life/a various weave of stuff.
Ronald Johnson attended the University of Kansas, Lawrence, but he moved and lived in New York in the late 1950s. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University in 1960.
After graduating from university Ronald Johnson wandered around Appalachia and Britain for a number of years and he was inspired by what he saw. So he decided to be a poet. He lived in San Francisco the next twenty-five years.
At the beginning of his career, Johnson was allied with the Black Mountain School's second generation but then began to experiment with the poetics of the concrete poetry movement. Johnson is best remembered for his 250-page poem, Ark, which encompasses three parts of thirty-three sections: The Foundations, The Spires, and The Ramparts. The work took Johnson some twenty years to complete and was issued in 1996.
In addition, he was the author of various cookbooks, including The Aficionado’s Southwestern Cooking, The American Table, and Southwestern Cooking: New and Old. While working on his verse and culinary works, Johnson engaged in various jobs, such as bartender, chef, and caterer. He also worked in academia as writer-in-residence at the University of Kentucky from 1970 to 1971, as Roethke Chair for Poetry at the University of Washington in 1973, as part of the Wallace Stegner Advanced Writing Workshop at Stanford University in 1991, and as Roberta Holloway Poet at the University of California at Berkeley in 1994.
The author of more than a dozen volumes of poetry, Johnson issued A Line of Poetry, A Row of Trees in 1964, followed by The Book of the Green Man, Valley of the Many-Colored Grasses, Balloons for Moonless Nights, The Spirit Walks, The Rocks Will Talk, and Maze/Mane/Wane. He also contributed to various poetry anthologies. He spent the end of his life in Kansas. Johnson's last book The Shrubberies was published in 2001.
(This book encompasses a year, October to October: on foot...)1967
(This volume, edited by Peter O'Leary, is a collection of ...)2001
(Edited by Peter O'Leary, To Do As Adam Did includes works...)2000
(ARK is a metaphysical poem that could only have been writ...)1996
(This cookbook includes regional traditions collected all ...)1985
Ronald Johnson was active in the San Francisco gay community in Bear culture and was a co-founder of the Rainbow Motorcycle Club.
Quotes from others about the person
“"Writing in an often extremely elevated diction, hardly fashionable today, Johnson utilizes words most contemporary poets shun, words like ultimate, exquisite, chaos, fronds, gorgeous, and celestial. But Johnson is no purveyor of poesy. He counterpoints carefully." - Dan Jaffe
"Johnson does not allow himself to get sidetracked into inconsequentials but ties his art to an objective world where seeing is as practical as a Kansas sunflower and as deep as Blake's visions. The sensuality of his language contrasts strangely with the ruggedness of a Kansas heritage." - Jerome Cushman”