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Joanne Kyger (November 19, 1934 – March 22, 2017) was an American poet. Her poetry was influenced by her practice of Zen Buddhism and her ties to the poets of Black Mountain, the San Francisco Renaissance, and the Beat generation.

Kyger was born in Vallejo, California. She studied at the University of California, Santa Barbara.[1] She moved to San Francisco in 1957.

Kyger published more than twenty books of poetry and prose, including Going On: Selected Poems, 1958–1980, (1983);[2] and, Just Space: poems, 1979-1989 (1991).

Kyger died on March 22, 2017 at her home in Bolinas, California from lung cancer, aged 82.[3]


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