Magic had important connections to poetry for Spicer. The name of the poetry workshop that he conducted in 1956 in San Francisco was "Poetry as Magic" (Lewis and Killian 81). In the prospectus, he described his workshop:
This is not a course in technique or 'how to write.' It will be a group exploration of the practices of the new magical school of poetry which is best represented in the work of Lorca, Artuad, Charles Olson and Robert Duncan. (Lewis and Killian 80).From Poet Be Like God: Jack Spicer and the San Francisco Renaissance by Lewis Ellingham and Kevin Killian.