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October 10, 2021


Thank you so much for making this interview and history by Rozanne Gold of myself Gerd Stern available to your amazing public. I appreciate the amount of oersonal and anecdotal information contained in these pages and at this ninety three years of age
am surprised both to be so honored and to have such details available along with my
published poems and exhibited works of art. To all of you involved ny positive gratitude and please let mer know personally if I can be in touch. very best re gerd s

So much death in Gerd’s story, yet his active life is visceral and except for less organizing he buzzes. The interview crisp, quick & affable. The poem Given the Choice speaks cryptically about a kind of sex that he understands and double meaning makes it about facts to give us understanding. Love the lines about closing & shutting off because they are so insightful beyond poem & entire lines are deceptively alert.

So full of warmth and insights. Thanks to Rozanne Gold for telling us about this great under-appreciated poet and his madcap life as artist-composer-psychedelist and cheese maven. Leary, Ginsberg, Ferlinghetti, Angelou -- what a cast of characters! The "beat" goes on.

Such an intimate and important interview. A poignant peek inside the mind of Gerd Stern and a meaningful exchange on life, love and death. I am now inspired to read more of Gerd's work and like a great film or book, this piece has given me much to think about now and in the future. Bravo, Rozanne!

I am the Gerd Stern from Rozanne Golds Interview. How do I print oit the pages of myseld from American Best Poetry? thanks gerd

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