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Saluti cosmopoliti: Poesie 1986 1992

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Fifty years following his "founding" of the Beat Generation, Ginsberg has written a powerful collection of poems in which he fearlessly confronts evil--from the ravages of capitalism to the destruction of the environment--and death, though his zest for life remains constant and undiminished.
Paperback, 244 pages
Published 2011 by Il Saggiatore (first published 1994)
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Matt

I remember this one especially because I'd probably read it back when I was a beat-obsessed lad but I'd forgotten it like you do.

But I remember this one because of the wonderful day when I'd quit my shit job (for the time being) to go to grad school and I had nothing to do but lay in the bright summer grass and talk to my dear friend Les, who was reading this at the time and really kinda digging it and who really got into reading it pretty much the way Allen would have had he been on the other
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Lee Thompson
My buddy Rook sent this to me because she loved it. I can't say that I loved it, but there are some neat poems in it. Then there were a lot of poems that I didn't get, that seemed like the average, written-on-a-napkin-while-drunk type poem. Then there were some that made me say, "Jesus Christ, that's awesome."

I'll try some more of his work to see if it grows on me because the brilliant stuff was well worth reading the whole book.
Lawrence
Apr 21, 2016 Lawrence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What's more surprising: that it wouldn't be till 2016 that I'd finally read an Allen Ginsberg book cover to cover, or that, when I did, it'd be his late-eighties-early-nineties collection, Cosmopolitan Greetings? Perhaps at least the latter choice can be explained well enough: it's quite possible that things like Howl and Other Poems and Kaddish and Other Poems were simply too epochal, too legendary, too intimidating for me to start with. Meanwhile, Cosmopolitan Greetings actually does contain l ...more
Jon Corelis
Jan 21, 2013 Jon Corelis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vintage Ginsberg worth having

Written as he reached the significant age of 65, this book shows Ginsberg's continuing characteristic experimentalism, candor, humor, and political commitment shot throught with a heightened sense of mortality and the transience of all things. The experimentalism is exemplified by the inclusion some of of Ginsberg's comic-art style drawings and musical scores for poems he wrote as song lyrics. Though the quality is uneven, and the poems less revolutionary and spectac
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Dane Cobain
Jul 04, 2014 Dane Cobain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cosmopolitan Greetings is pretty special because it’s some of the last work that the great poet Ginsberg ever wrote, written between 1986 and 1992 and published in 1994, three years before his death. Despite his old age, his work is as strong as ever, and much of it is still relevant today.

If you’re a musician or an artist, you’ll be particularly interested in some of Ginsberg’s visual work and some of his music – he wrote lyrics to go alongside music, like Bob Dylan in reverse. Cosmopolitan Gre
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James Payne
Jan 07, 2014 James Payne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, politics
Ginsberg weirdly feels really 90s East-Bay Gilman St. punk to me. Like Jeff Ott, or something.

This was much better than I figured late-Ginsberg would be.

I feel like the general perception of Ginsberg is that he's corny to like. I don't think he should be.
Matt Hunt
Jul 15, 2016 Matt Hunt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, 2016
I found myself pretty lost with a lot of this material as there are so many references to (at the time) current events which I have no idea about.
The minority, which I didn't feel so out of my depth with, was stunning, as expected of mr Ginsberg.
Dylan
Dec 13, 2007 Dylan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Granted he was a strange weird little man, these poems came to me pre- "Howl" and somehow helped me to make sense of a lot of my overly emotional youth.
Matt Smith
Apr 25, 2008 Matt Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any writer
Has a poem (same as title) which is probably amongst the most vital for dedicated writers to read.

Giulia
Nov 24, 2015 Giulia rated it it was amazing
Ginsberg is a serious genie. Loved this book and every single word in it. Can't get over how much I appreciated his sarcastic comments on lots situations.
Ruth
Jul 05, 2008 Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just adore this book, content is immaterial, some pieces are soo fine, and others he may have written out of boredom.

Still class.
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Irwin Allen Ginsberg was the son of Louis and Naomi Ginsberg, two Jewish members of the New York literary counter-culture of the 1920s. Ginsberg was raised among several progressive political perspectives. A supporter of the Communist party, Ginsberg's mother was a nudist whose mental health was a concern throughout the poet's childhood. According to biographer Barry Miles, "Naomi's illness gave A ...more
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