Justin Jacoby Smith is an organizer, web geek, Buddhist, and poet.

'a vanguard of friends'

“The strangeness of the collaborative situation,” wrote Kenneth Koch, another mainstay of the group, “might lead them to the unknown, or at least to some dazzling insights at which they could never have arrived consciously or alone.” [...] Crase calls it “a vanguard of friends,” and quotes Kenneth Koch’s assessment of the gallery—with its parties, openings, theatrical productions, and experimental book imprint that published hybrid works of poetry and art—as a place for people to be “envious and emulous of each other and inspiring each other and collaborating.”

The NYRB on a cadre of collaborating poets & artists of the 1960s. Reading this piece I was struck by how much it sounds...familiar.