is an American poet born in Providence, Rhode Island. He was, perhaps more than any other person, responsible for inspiring the entire experimental field of Language Poetry, which became popular among avant – garde, mostly American poets, during the 1960s and 1970s. His association with the Language School, his experience as a jazz drummer, and his interest in a wide array of subjects including caves, geology, bebop, weather, Salvador Dali, Jack Kerouac, and movies often finds correspondence in his work. His most recent books are The Act of Providence, a long poem about his home town (Combo Books, 2012), and This Time We Are Both, the result of a trip to the USSR with the Rova Saxophone Quartet in 1989. He lives in Petaluma, California.