Other literary forms
Although he gave priority to his poetry, Philip Whalen (WAY-lehn) enjoyed success as a novelist. His first novel, You Didn’t Even Try (1967), drew upon his experiences in San Francisco in the years 1959-1964. In the year it was published, he began work on his second novel, Imaginary Speeches for a Brazen Head (1972), while in Kyoto, Japan. His third, The Diamond Noodle (1980), likewise had its origins in the 1960’s. Whalen also wrote nonfiction and journals, and he produced short volumes of calligraphic and “doodle” works, including Highgrade: Doodles, Poems, published in 1966.