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Bed of Sphinxes: Selected Poems

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Bed of Sphinxes offers a selection of poems from Philip Lamantia’s books and from recent work, representing five decades of impressive poetic achievement, from his early years of association with Surrealists-in-exile through the Beat Generation era to the present. The poems range from visionary apocalypse to a lyrical fusion with nature.

By turns nightmarish, erotic, hermet
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Paperback, 141 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by City Lights Publishers (first published January 1st 1997)
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Mitch
Jul 30, 2007 Mitch rated it it was amazing
Luminous and completely over the top. Lamantia's work has always grabbed me by the short hairs, and this selection is no exception. It's hard to beat the extremity of his language. If extremity is a virtue (it is), then Lamantia should be lauded for a vision that unrelentingly kicks ass. The only american surrealist to earn the backing of Breton himself, and that at a tender age, Lamantia's poems are uncompromising, and intense in a way that most modernists would avoid like the plague. Deeply ...more
Daniel
Apr 12, 2008 Daniel rated it it was amazing
Lamantia has no equal in American surrealism. He is a true visionary of amazing intensity.
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Mar 25, 2011 Miriam marked it as to-read
Recommended to Miriam by: Endicott
Shelves: poetry
My library lists almost all Lamantia's volumes except this one. However, none of them may be checked out ("REQUEST DENIED") so it makes little difference how many they have. Why even list them, library? I don't get why you persist in taunting me in this way.
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Philip Lamantia was an American poet and lecturer. Lamantia's visionary poems were ecstatic, terror-filled, and erotic which explored the subconscious world of dreams and linked it to the experience of daily life.

The poet was born in San Francisco to Sicilian immigrants and raised in that city's Excelsior neighborhood. His poetry was first published in the magazine View in 1943, when he was fiftee
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