1968: A History in Verse

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David R. Godine Publisher, 1997 - Poetry - 260 pages
6 Reviews
Ed Sanders is distinguished among the poets of his generation by his engagement with history. Here, in a masterwork of poetic history, he shadows the Time Ghost in retrospect back toward that generation's vital and tragic sources, reconstructing the decisive year 1968 in a unique commingling of personal and political recounting.

Like a latterday Cassandra reminiscing of the thunderings of the gods, Sanders evokes participation, performance and prophecy in a fury of emotional tones and swirling factoids, chronicling the laughter and terror of his own creative annus mirabilis as freak' poet/ publisher / Yippie activist / rock star in the midst of the near-breaking of the nation.

  

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User Review  - Patrick - Goodreads

I enjoyed this. A prose poem written recently but based on contemporary diaries from that year. The poem slips fluidly between broader and personal/intimate perspectives. Sanders was a member and ... Read full review

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User Review  - ManuFactured Artists - Goodreads

Ed Sanders' History in Verse series is just one example of how Sanders is a poet of his own kind, thriving ceaselessly in his own time. I stumbled across Ed Sanders in grad school, from his recorded ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
29
Section 2
31
Section 3
79
Section 4
107
Section 5
110
Section 6
112
Section 7
116
Section 8
120
Section 10
144
Section 11
165
Section 12
177
Section 13
193
Section 14
195
Section 15
210
Section 16
223
Section 17
263

Section 9
122

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About the author (1997)

In the 1960s, Edward Sanders co-founded the groundbreaking rock band The Fugs, opened the Peace Eye Bookstore, and appeared on the cover of Life magazine, becoming a hero of the American counterculture. He is a classics scholar, pioneer in investigative poetics, inventor of musical instruments, publisher of The Woodstock Journal, and author of many books, including the best-selling Charles Manson expose The Family, the ambitious, nine-volume project, America: A History in Verse, and LET'S NOT KEEP FIGHTING THE TROJAN WAR: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS 1986-2009. He lives in Woodstock, New York.

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