Selected Poems 1947-1995

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Harper Collins, Apr 3, 2001 - Poetry - 480 pages
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Assembled by Allen Ginsberg, Selected Poems 1947-1995 is the definitive collection of the best works of one of the most influential and revolutionary poets of the twentieth century.

Allen Ginsberg, famous for helping catalyze the Beat Generation, wrote poetry for more than fifty years. His innovative verse and provocative attitudes of spiritual, political, and sexual liberation inspired countless poets, musicians, and visual and performance artists worldwide, and helped shape several generations' views of the world.

Selected Poems 1947-1995 commemorates Ginsberg's brilliant career as one of America's most distinguished poets. Here are well-known masterpieces such as the lyric "Howl" and the narrative "Kaddish" -- classic works of American literature -- as well as more recent gems, including the long dream poem "White Shroud," the visionary "After Lalon," and the political rock lyric "The Ballad of the Skeletons," a song he recorded in 1996 with a stellar band that included Philip Glass, Lenny Kaye, and Paul McCartney.

 

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Allen Ginsburg is a phenomenal poet. Everyone knows "Howl", the Beat anthem, but I think Ginsberg's best is "Kaddish", a poem mourning the breakdown and death of his mentally ill mother. It's graphic ... Read full review

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"This volume," states Ginsberg in a prefatory note, "summarizes what I deem most honest, most penetrant of my writing." Roughly half the size of 1984's Collected Poems (LJ 12/84), the selection is ... Read full review

Contents

GATES OF WRATH 19471952
3
THE GREEN AUTOMOBILE 19531954
23
SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
47
EUROPE EUROPE 19571959
71
KADDISH AND RELATED POEMS 195 91960
94
TO EUROPE AND ASIA 19611963
119
AMERICA TO EUROPE 19631965
141
THE FALL OF AMERICA 19651971
155
Under the world theres a lot of ass a lot of cunt
255
Hardon Blues
270
Sickness Blues
286
Punk Rock Your My Big Crybaby
302
PLUTONIAN ODE 19771980
305
WHITE SHROUD 19801985
338
NEVV POEMS 19921995
397
Notes
407

MIND BREATHS ALL OVER THE PLACE 19721977
220
NY Youth Call Annunciation
228
Ayers RockUluru Song
241
Index of Proper Names 43 7
437
About Allen Ginsberg
445
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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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