Language School poet who served as editor of This, a prominent literary magazine. His works include Phantom Anthems, OWL/ON/BOU/GH, and Sentences.
He attended Harvard College and the University of Iowa. He published his debut poetic work, Dusk Road Games, in 1967.
His literary style shifted over the course of his career from a kind of poetic minimalism to a form of visual experimentation that mixed short verses with artistic elements.
He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He later settled in northern California, where he taught creative writing at the University of California-Berkeley.
He and fellow Language School poet Barrett Watten co-founded and co-edited This, an influential literary magazine of the 1970s.