Conversations with Marthe Whitcomb
Marthe as a young adult, moving to the Bay Area, attending Mills College and meeting Kenneth Rexroth.
Marthe and Kenneth's early years. Marie Rexroth, Philip Lamantia, Jack Spicer, Bob Creeley
Marthe discusses Friday Night gatherings.
Marthe speaks about her childhood and upbringing. Photos from LIFE magazine are discussed. Marthe speaks about living in France with Kenneth. Discussion includes Kenneth and religion.
March 16, 2007 - Part I
March 16, 2007 - Part II
March 23 & April 24, 2007
June 15, 2007
September 2, 2007
Marthe recalls camping with Kenneth and trips to Lagunitas. Speaks of their early relationship and her pregnancy. Discusses her work at SF State, as well as Robert Duncan and James Laughlin.
September 14, 2007
February 15, 2008
May 23, 2008
The Dragon and the Unicorn Part 1
Marthe speaks about time her time with Kenneth in France and Kenneth as a father. The Dragon and the Unicorn is analyzed while Marthe provides context.
September 21, 2007
The Dragon and the Unicorn Part 2
Marthe talks about her time with Kenneth in Europe. She discusses his artwork and his literary influences. The Dragon and the Unicorn is analyzed.
In this 38 page transcript, the group discusses a range of Rexroth's poetry, including the "Marthe" poems. Marthe speaks of her marriage to Kenneth and offers insight into his perspective on life.
Marthe recounts Rexroth's love of Lagunitas. The group discusses Rexroth's Chinese and Japanese translations and this influenced his work. Kenneth's artwork is addressed.