Whalen, Philip

Whalen, Philip

▪ American poet
in full  Philip Glenn Whalen 
born October 20, 1923, Portland, Oregon, U.S.
died June 26, 2002, San Francisco, California

      American poet who emerged from the Beat movement of the mid 20th century, known for his wry and innovative poetry.

      Whalen served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946 and attended Reed College, Portland (B.A., 1951), before joining the West Coast's nascent Beat movement. Like other Beats, he was contemptuous of structured, academic writing and was interested in Asian religions, personal freedom, and literary experimentation. Unlike typical Beat poetry, however, Whalen's work was often apolitical, whimsical, and steeped in the quotidian. In 1960 he published Like I Say and Memoirs of an Interglacial Age, both candid reflections of his “beatnik” life of the late 1950s. His poetry of the 1960s culminated in Every Day (1965) and On Bear's Head (1969), both of which include thoughtful observations of everyday life. Whalen became an ordained Zen Buddhist priest in 1973, serving at centres in San Francisco and New Mexico. His later collections of poetry include Decompressions (1978), Enough Said (1980), Heavy Breathing: Poems, 1967–1980 (1983), and Canoeing up Carbaga Creek: Buddhist Poems, 1955–1986. He also wrote the novels You Didn't Even Try (1967) and Imaginary Speeches for a Brazen Head (1972), published together as Two Novels in 1980.

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