SAN FRANCISCO POETS

George Tsongas

the city is a dream/is poetry/is the imagination seeking its own harmony
a procedure of mind/soul/spirit/heart/stars/moon/sky/clouds
non-crystalline specific matter & energy emanating from varied sources wherein
all is not one nor one all/wherein the real difference is the similarity
between us all which is a beginning & an end/a culmination/but not a finality/& that all
life surrounds us /is within us and beyond/proliferating on a cosmic scale
that dwarfs the consciousness of exclusive patterns of punishments & reward

& speaks to us on vegetarian earth through bay/river/mountain/ocean/soul
& alliterative tongue of human hope/this minimal city built to human scale
to comprehend the mystery/the knowledge/the divinity of the cosmos
& beyond without clutter/without static conceptions & to live
in flux as the agent & reagent of human consciousness
for life is everlasting as is the spirit & conception
whether it be the child/the holy ghost/the daffodil or everlasting nature

here on this magic shore/I leave this temple without walls or paint
or material objects & look to the great ocean whether maritime or celestial/
wherein the great destinies of humanity & consciousness are to be preserved
& propagated & that was what is not humane is not cosmic
for the conception is greater than the act & ventures forth
& builds in the image of death though death is non-existent

thereby /I dedicate this soul nurtured in the fecund earth to the awareness

this consciousness I accept

George Tsongas
Thanksgiving 1967
San Francisco

source: San Francisco Oracle #11


Let there be laughter in the temple of god

George Tsongas photo by Peter ChangLinks
George Tsongas Obituary
by Carl Nolte, Chronicle Staff Writer - Sun., January 31, 2010
George Tsongas ---- The 90's
George Tsongas - San Francisco Poet
Collection of George Tsongas Visual Poetry 


by Carl Nolte, Chronicle Staff Writer
Sunday, January 31, 2010
photo by Peter Chang

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I'd like
to remember
the curved
art deco windows
the sun reflecting
off them at sunset
in the morning
a slight lull
a shadow creeping
over the buildings
asleep
on the other
side of the street

i'd like
to remember
columbus avenue
at seven minutes
to eight
summer evenings and
seven minutes after seven
winter
mornings


© George Tsongas 1981

BOOKS by George Tsongas
ADDENDA ~
Smoking Mirror Press
1974
~*~
cover of love letters
LOVE LETTERS
second coming press
1975

cover: self portrait
~*~
TRIESTE CHRONICLES
published by Ellis -
May 2003

Trieste Chronicles"...tightly knit obserbvations that take shape and form like a finely woven tapestry...Tsongas is one of the true masters fo the short poem and this book adds to his already considerable reputation." A.D.Winans, author of San Francisco Streets.

WILD  BROCCOLI
George Tsongas last published book?The first of a trilogy he completed in 1985 and pub.2009
update:Jan 2018 although Wild Broccoli was said to have been pulished in 2009 ----it has as yet not yet seen.

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