Spider Webs

Angelo And The Spider Webs Scenes from the play God Help Me I Might Be Calculated Into An Institution by Frances Tompkins ANGELO: They say if a person breaks a spider web your soul will not be able to feel so good. You feel funny in your face. FRANCES: Did you ever break a spider web? …

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Last Visit

Last Visit [Sunday, January 30, 1994] Bill Everson went into Dominican Hospital with pneumonia last October 16th, and nearly died. He was in intensive care for over 2 months, on life support, didn’t get out until early this month. They botched a tracheotomy when he went into pulmonary arrest; they cut one of his vocal …

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My Master

I Found My Master (Robinson Jeffers) FRANCES: Was your poetry as strong from the very beginning? EVERSON: No. I found Jeffers, and that’s what made the difference. There’s kind of a shift in the center of gravity within the self when you find your master. Everything that happened before … you’re rubbing your head … …

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Trickster [Thursday, January 6, 1983] EVERSON: I get my charismatics from my father, the expressive manifestation … the gift of gab. FRANCES: But to be charismatic it seems like you have to be spiritual too. Isn’t that what charisma is all about? EVERSON: Hitler had charisma but we don’t think of his charisma as being …

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Grace Tompkins

Grace “Johnson” Tompkins, Tim’s grandma, during Frances’s interview with her, circa 1983 Excerpts from I WAS A CANTANKEROUS LITTLE CUSS by Grace Johnson Tompkins Recorded, transcribed, compiled and edited by Frances FRANCES: Tim is lucky to have a grandmother like you. GRACIE: Tim is lucky to have a wife like you. F: I was with …

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Frances, between husband Tim and William Everson, exuberant after her fruitful interview at his place in the Swanton Woods north of Santa Cruz, California, around 1992 — 23 years after he left the Order and his Dominican name. I discovered him in a second-hand store, picked up the book with his picture on the cover. …

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