The Signature of All Things

a passionate ode to the artist Kenneth Rexroth

The Signature of All Things expounds on the poet's legacy with captivating recitation, live music, and rare accounts of Rexroth's remarkable life by some of the most important writers, historians, and activists of our day.

DVD (all regions), 83 minutes, 1 Disc
$21.99 (Individual), $86 (Institutional)


"...Not only does the film reflect the wide range of Rexroth's creative life, but it also makes you wonder why these books are not all in print and featured prominently on bookstore shelves...." Gary Lawless, Poems from Gulf of Maine on Kenneth Rexroth: The Signature of All Things

"There are wonderful readings, songs and reminiscences from a wide range of voices. The diversity of the readers, and their choices from Rexroth's writing, reflect the wide diversity and range of interests that characterize Rexroth's body of work."

-- Gary Lawless writing Rexroth for Mayday

"...a marvelous teaching tool for any writing instructors in Universities..." KPFA Pacifica Radio Review for Kenneth Rexroth: The Signature of All Things

"Kenneth Rexroth was an immense though rarely acknowledged influence on early American Beat writers and, most specifically, the San Francisco Renaissance. This Hen House Studios produced documentary film The Signature Of All Things is a delightful and passionate reminder both of the man and his work. Essentially, concert footage of the Centennial celebration of KR’s contributions to the World culture, it spotlights invited poets, actors, Musicians educators, family members, former students one of whom Michael C Ford hosted the event; and, by its end, it will be clear to any viewing audience just how necessary and important Rexroth’s impact was on the core of American literature.

Also, this DVD would make a marvelous teaching tool for any writing instructors in Universities and elsewhere to recognize the document to be an equally necessary and important cultural contribution." -- Jack Foley, Cover To Cover, KPFA Pacifica Radio and author of California Literary Timeline:Visions & Affiliations

"...a feast of memories..." KSER Radio Review for Kenneth Rexroth: The Signature of All Things

"New DVD released by Hen House Studios in Venice, California. Curated by Michael C Ford, the DVD is a feast of memories of poets, their friends and two members of the Rexroth family who also read from the works of Kenneth Rexroth. The passion and feelings of the poet are mirrored through the voices of the participants. Several of them gave credit to Kenneth as a personal mentor. His widow, Carol Tinker, and his daughter, Mariana Rexroth, a spark of fire off the old genius in her performance, was there. Michael C Ford did a marvelous job hosting this fast-moving, entertaining and engaging program. The program is a panorama of a passing scene of poets and memories that would have been lost had this wonderful high quality DVD not been produced. Our thanks to Hen House Studios and Michael C Ford for its production.

The DVD features Morgan Gibson, Kerry Tomlinson, Lewis MacAdams, Philomene Long, Eloise Klein Healy, Aram Saroyan, Bonnie Tamblyn, Sprague Grayden, Bob Brandts, James Cushing, Doren Robbins, Uri Hertz, Ruben Guevara, Carol Tinker, Brad Dourif, Mariana Rexroth and Michael C Ford." -- J. Glenn Evans of Poets/West


Word Premiere at Beyond Baroque

"I believe all of us are graduates of Kenneth Rexroth and this has been the most incredible class reunion I've ever attended."

–Michael C Ford

World Premiere in Japan with Morgan Gibson