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Beat poets /

Other Authors: Ciuraru, Carmela.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Alfred A. Knopf : 2002
Series: Everyman's library pocket poets.
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SUMMARY

This rousing anthology features the work of more than twenty-five writers from the great twentieth-century countercultural literary movement. Writing with an audacious swagger and an iconoclastic zeal, and declaiming their verse with dramatic flourish in smoke-filled caf#65533;s, the Beats gave birth to a literature of previously unimaginable expressive range.

The defining work of Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac provides the foundation for this collection, which also features the improvisational verse of such Beat legends as Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gary Snyder, and Michael McClure and the work of such women writers as Diane DiPrima and Denise Levertov. LeRoi Jones's plaintive "Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note" and Bob Kaufman's stirring "Abomunist Manifesto" appear here alongside statements on poetics and the alternately incendiary and earnest correspondence of Beat Generation writers.

Visceral and powerful, infused with an unmediated spiritual and social awareness, this is a rich and varied tribute and, in the populist spirit of the Beats, a vital addition to the libraries of readers everywhere.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Ray BremserGregory CorsoElise CowenRobert CreeleyDiane di PrimaLawrence FerlinghettiAllen GinsbergBarbara GuestLeroi Jones and Amiri BarakaLenore KandelBob KaufmanJack KerouacTuli KupferbergJoanne KygerPhilip LamantiaDenise LevertovJoanna mcclureMichael McclureDavid MeltzerHarold NorseFrank O'haraPeter OrlovskyMarie Ponsot
Foreword
(1934-98) From Poems of Madness ("City Madness")
(1930-2001) Hello From Ode to Coit Tower From Transformation & Escape I Am 25 Poets Hitchhiking on the Highway Away One Year After Reading "In the Clearing" Writ on the Eve of My 32nd Birthday Second Night in N.Y.C. After 3 Years
(1933-62) "Trust yourself-but not too far"
(1926- ) Chasing the Bird The Dishonest Mailmen I Know a Man The End The Hill The Rain For Love
(1934- ) Revolutionary Letter #1 Poem in Praise of My Husband (Taos) The Quarrel April Fool Birthday Poem for Grandpa Poetics
(1919- ) #9 ("Truth is not the secret of a few") #13 ("It was a face which darkness could kill") #22 ("crazy to be alive in such a strange world") #39 ("A blockage in the bowel"')
(1926-97) From Howl "Back on Times Square, Dreaming of Times Square" My Alba Song Malest Cornifici Tuo Catullo Tears From Kaddish A Supermarket in California Sunflower Sutra From America
(1923- ) Parachutes, My Love, Could Carry Us Higher Sunday Evening
(1934- ) Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note Sex, like desire War Poem Political Poem
(1932- ) Enlightenment Poem Blues for Sister Sally Junk/Angel
(1925-86) Benediction West Coast Sounds-1956 Fragment Ginsberg (for Allen) Abomunist Manifesto
(1922-69) Mexican Loneliness How to Meditate A Sudden Sketch Poem 116 Hymn From Mexico City Blues
(1923- ) "I dreamed of a bum seven foot tall" "My muse goosed me"
(1934- ) "It is lonely" "My father died this spring" May 29 "It's a great day"
(1927- ) From Hypodermic Light High "Man is in pain"
(1923-97) The Gypsy's Window The Flight The Marriage The Marriage (II) Poem from Manhattan
(1930- ) A Vacancy
(1932- ) The Flowers of Politics (I) The Flowers of Politics (II) Mad Sonnet 13
(1937- ) From the Untitled Epic Poem 6th Raga: For Bob Alexander 15th Raga: For Bela Lugosi
(1916- ) Picasso Visits Braque I Would Not Recommend Love "I Have Always Liked George Gershwin More than Ernest Hemingway" I Have Seen the Light and It Is My Mind Hotel Nirvana
(1926-66) Personal Poem Autobiographia Literaria Today My Heart Avenue A Now That I Am in Madrid and Can Think Having a Coke With You
(1933- ) Peter's Jealous of Allen "Writing poems is a Saintly thing" Some One Liked Me When I Was Twelve Collaboration: Letter to Charlie Chaplin
(1921- ) Take My Disproportionate Desire Matins & Lauds Communion of Saints: The Poor Bastard Under the Bridge


AUTHOR NOTES

Carmela Ciuraru is the editor of the anthology First Loves: Poets Introduce the Essential Poems That Captivated and Inspired Them, and the former editor of the Journal of the Poetry Society of America . A graduate of Columbia University's School of Journalism, she lives in New York City.