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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  274 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Poems deal with mortality, the sea, music, writers, artists, travel, nature, dreams, and guilt.
Paperback, 56 pages
Published September 1st 1989 by Hanuman Books (first published 1989)
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Craig Werner
As the introductory remarks by Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs attest, Corso's one of those poets who maintained a high reputation among those who knew him as part of the Beat Generation. Reading this selection of the six volumes he published during his life, supplemented by a sheaf of mostly forgettable unpublished work, I caught glimpses of what he had to offer. "Marriage" has been one of my favorites since I read it when I was first discovering poetry-outside-class: "Penguin dust, bring...more
Jerry Oliver
This is one of my favorite books of poetry. A wonderful selection of poems from throughout his career including some of his best late period pieces. Corso's poem The Whole Mess...Almost, is a personal favorite. Elegiac Feelings American and Bomb are classics.
Gregory Corso will always hold a special place in my heart. He is the one and only Beat that I got to meet. He came to give a poetry reading at a funky bar named Duffy's in St. Paul, Minnesota in the late winter of 1983. The night of his re...more
Its a Corso compilation. If you've never read Corso, start with Elegiac Feelings American.
Sep 26, 2007 J.P. rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: poets
The place to start with Corso. The best available overview of his work, bar none.
This 3-star is a bit misleading--it's difficult to rate a collection as a whole. Some of the poems were 4-star, a couple even 5-star. But on the whole, I was not thrilled with the poetry, which I thought I would be. His best poems, to me, are when he's speaking about his life (i.e. his birthday poems). So many of his poems rang more like essays to me. Just didn't knock my socks off.
Edward Moore
Some good things here. I think the technique if first write best write should not be ironclad but Corso appears to be faithful to it. Although we never know, do we? I am glad I read it right after Ginsberg's complete poems. I ought to try some Burroughs.
Nov 09, 2010 Jackie is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
What? I dont know, I've read about 9 poems and maybe 7 of them were good. What the fuck is this? MANDIE HOW DOES THIS WORK?!
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Gregory Nunzio Corso was an American poet, youngest of the inner circle of Beat Generation writers (with Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William Burroughs).
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