You Got to Burn to Shine

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High Risk Books/Serpent's Tail, 1994 - Poetry - 192 pages
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The originator of Spoken Word and performance poetry, John Giorno is one of the most influential figures in the world of contemporary performance. You Got to Burn to Shine, his first book in many years, collects intensely rhythmic, sexual and philosophical poetry spanning two decades. Here, too, are deeply personal memoirs, including the story of his friendship with Andy Warhol (Giorno had an occasionally sexual relationship with Warhol, met his mother, and starred in Warhol?s first film, Sleep); an anonymous sexual encounter with Keith Haring, an aspiring painter who recognized Giorno in a subway station toilet; and notes toward a Buddhist understanding of death in the age of AIDS. This title features an introduction by William S. Burroughs.

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You Got to Burn to Shine/New and Selected Writings (High Risk)

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Read aloud, Giorno's gritty poetry has an undeniable power and insistence. In print, as he admits, the dynamics don't always work. Conceived as performance pieces, his poems lie flat on the page ... Read full review

Review: You Got to Burn to Shine: New and Selected Writings

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The poetry here is for someone else. The background in to why John Giorno was the subject of Andy Warhol's "sleep" (40 of the 200 pages) is very interesting, however. The most interesting part is that ... Read full review


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About the author (1994)

William S Burroughs is the grand-daddy of all cult writers. He is the author of Naked Lunch, Junky and many other novels. Short stories appear in High Risk 1 and The Junky's Christmas, both published by Serpent's Tail. He died in 1998. Ghost of Chance was first published by Serpent's Tail in hardback in 1997.

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