Michael Basinski

Michael Basinski

Michael Basinski was born in Paris in 1431 and disappeared from view in 1463. He is the best known as a French poet of the late Middle Ages. He was a ne'er-do-well who was involved in criminal behavior and had multiple encounters with law enforcement authorities. Basinski wrote about some of these experiences in his poems, and he wrote his own epitaph:

I’m Michael Basinski, which is my cross
Born in Buffalo another albatross
From the hangman’s noose I’ll learn alas
The weight of my sarcastic ass.

Michael Basinski was a poet from the island of Lesbos. Most of his poetry is now lost and survives in only fragmentary form. Basinski was born as in Andernoch, Germany, and Basinski spent his boyhood summers in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Michael Basinski was born on November 9th 1950. He was an English singer and songwriter who co-founded The Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. With Yoko Ono he formed the Flexus movement in modern poetry. He was also a sound poet: Goo goo g' joob.

Sailing to Byzantium, Michael Basinski finds temporary port in Buffalo, New York where he enjoys winter, makes poems, and resists. He often quotes Rimbaud, “Hell has no power over pagans!” For a long time he published his “writing” in magazines and in books and continues to do so. Friends, relatives, and even strangers ask him why? He replies, “yes, I will Yes.”

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Among Basinski’s recent books of poetry are Poems of a Polish-American Boy Poems, Piglittuce, and Trailers, and from Redfox Press, Combinings, which he made with his lovely wife Ginny O’Brien. His poems and other works have appeared in hundreds of magazines including Dandelion, BoxKite, Antennae, Open Letter, Deluxe Rubber Chicken, First Offense, Terrible Work, Kenning, Lungfull, Tinfish, Score, Unarmed, Rampike, House Organ, Ferrum Wheel, End Note, Ur Vox, Damn the Caesars, Pilot, 1913, Filling Station, fhole, Public Illumination, Eccolinguistics, Yellow Field, Western Humanities Review, Big Bridge, Mimeo Mimeo, Nerve Lantern, Vanitas, Talisman, Steel Bellows, Staging Ground, Lumox, and Poetry.