In 1992, I interviewed my friend and literary mentor, Harold Norse.
I moved in with Norse in July of 1984 and moved out in August of 1989 .
I spent two years in Los Angeles where I did some free-lance writing
for the gay press.
I moved back to San Francisco in the spring of 1992 and invited Norse
over to see my new digs in the Tenderloin.
Norse and I spontaneously decided to do an interview that turned into a
frank discussion of the work we did together as student and teacher.
Most people in San Francisco’s gay lit scene thought my relationship
with Harold Norse was sexual; it wasn’t.
We had a passion for each other, but it was not sexual.
In retrospect, we had an affair of the intellect.
There is a rhythm to the interview as Norse and I adjust to our relationship
In this first section, we discuss who I was when we met and how Norse approached the task of being a teacher.
There is a moment of silence as Norse reads a short poem by someone
I was teaching.
I open this section of the interview by mentioning the power of his poems
Karma Circuit and Addio.
When Norse and I mention ‘The Cottage’, we are discussing a two-bedroom cottage on Albion Street in San Francisco’s Mission District.
An interview with Harold Norse Part 1, Section 1, The Art of Teaching
Interview and photograph of Albion Street (c) Rob Goldstein 2017 All Rights Reserved