Collected Poems 1947-1997 (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Oct 5, 2010 - Poetry - 1216 pages
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Here, for the first time, is a volume that gathers the published verse of Allen Ginsberg in its entirety, a half century of brilliant work from one of America's great poets. The chief figure among the Beats, Ginsberg changed the course of American poetry, liberating it from closed academic forms with the creation of open, vocal, spontaneous, and energetic postmodern verse in the tradition of Walt Whitman, Guillaume Apollinaire, Hart Crane, Ezra Pound, and William Carlos Williams. Ginsberg's classics Howl, Reality Sandwiches, Kaddish, Planet News, and The Fall of America led American (and international) poetry toward uncensored vernacular, explicit candor, the ecstatic, the rhapsodic, and the sincere—all leavened by an attractive and pervasive streak of common sense. Ginsberg's raw tones and attitudes of spiritual liberation also helped catalyze a psychological revolution that has become a permanent part of our cultural heritage, profoundly influencing not only poetry and popular song and speech, but also our view of the world.

The uninterrupted energy of Ginsberg's remarkable career is clearly revealed in this collection. Seen in order of composition, the poems reflect on one another; they are not only works but also a work. Included here are all the poems from the earlier volume Collected Poems 1947-1980, and from Ginsberg's subsequent and final three books of new poetry: White Shroud, Cosmopolitan Greetings, and Death & Fame. Enriching this book are illustrations by Ginsberg's artist friends; unusual and illuminating notes to the poems, inimitably prepared by the poet himself; extensive indexes; as well as prefaces and various other materials that accompanied the original publications.

  

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User Review  - James Carmichael - Goodreads

I did not think I'd really like Ginsberg's poetry -- I'd gotten the idea that he was overrated, or that his fame was a matter of personality/"the Beats" rather than poetic chops. I was surprised by ... Read full review

Review: Collected Poems 1947-1997

User Review  - Tristan Cody - Goodreads

Electric, archaic, sexy, cavernous and some meat. Pure gold in poetry. Read full review

Contents

gates of wrath 19471952
11
the green automobile 19531954
91
san francisco bay area 19551956
129
europe europe 19571959
169
kaddish and related poems 19591960
215
to europe and asia 19611963
271
america to europe 19631965
339
the fall of america 19651971
375
Am Not
881
Brown Rice Quatrains
887
Empire Air
893
Its All So Brief
899
Reading Bai JuyiI II III IV V China Bronchitis VI VII
905
Black Shroud 911 World Karma
913
Notes
929
Notes
1051

Sing Blake
434
Elegiesfor Neal Cassady 1968
495
Ecologues of These States 19691971
519
Bixby Canyon toJessore Road 1971
567
mind breaths all over the place 19721977
585
Ego Confession
631
plutonian ode 19771980
695
Appendix for Collected Poems 19471980
757
POEMS 19801985
837
Homage Vajracarya
850
Old Love Story
856
Do the Meditation Rock
863
A Public Poetry
869
Going to the World of the Dead
875
POEMS 19931997
1057
New Democracy Wish List
1063
After Olav H Hauge
1069
Cmon Pigs ofWestern Civilization Eat More Grease
1071
Nazi Capish
1087
Five a m
1100
Bad Poem
1115
Richard III
1129
HalfAsleep
1136
Variations on Ma Raineys See See Rider
1144
Starry Rhymes
1150
Afterword
1163
Index ofTitles First Lines and Original Book Sources
1175
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About the author (2010)

Allen Ginsberg was born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1926, a son of Naomi and lyric poet Louis Ginsberg. As a student at Columbia College in the 1940s, he began a close friendship with William Burroughs, Neal Cassady, and Jack Kerouac, and he later became associated with the Beat movement and the San Francisco Renaissance in the 1950s. After jobs as a laborer, sailor, and market researcher, Ginsberg published his first volume of poetry, Howl and Other Poems, in 1956. "Howl" defeated censorship trials to become one of the most widely read poems of the century, translated into more than twenty-two languages, from Macedonian to Chinese, a model for younger generations of poets from West to East.

Ginsberg was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, was awarded the medal of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French minister of culture, was a winner of the National Book Award (for The Fall of America), and was a cofounder of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute, the first accredited Buddhist college in the Western world. He died in New York City in 1997.

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