Theory Of Poetry - Robert King Bio

Retired in 2003 as Partner in Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and now lives in Palm Desert, CA

Among other accomplishments, tried Berkman v. City of New York, et al., which led to hiring of first women firefighters in the 117-year history of the NYC Fire Department. 

A.B., Philosophy, Stanford U. – J.D., Law, Stanford Law School; attended for 26 years poetry workshops taught by José Garcia Villa.

Founded, with John Edwin Cowen, King & Cowen Publishers, which published magazine BRAVO and two books of poetry (not their own).

Editor of book distilling Villa’s Theory of Poetry, a book “authored” by Villa (in the sense that the “voice” in the book is that of Villa), taken from his papers (now at Houghton Library of Harvard U.). The book is  titled: “Poetry is - Jose Garcia Villa's Philosophy of Poetry.”

Member of “the Silent Generation,” having been born in 1936, silent no more in light of the need for someone to speak up for poetry as art in light of its demise over the past 50-60 years at the hands of those who believe that pop culture is high art.