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The Love Book
"THE LOVE BOOK", transcendental jewel of American Poetry, banned as part of an illegal program of harassment, arrests, and mass confiscations instituted by then-governor Ronald Reagan, is back in all its notorious glory to claim its rightful place in San Francisco literary history. ...more
Paperback, 8 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by Superstition Street Press
(first published 2003)
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Like Lenny Bruce, Lenore Kandel first fought the good fight for "dirty" words now taken for granted- not only by public readers, but by publishers. Kudos to L. Ferlinghetti for taking her up on it, taking up her cause, and while by now her gentle sensibilities have been long eclipsed by the strident boots of 'dialectic feminism', it was the Lioness of Michael McClure's muse who helped give you and me the license to use an f'bomb in a sensible (or meaningless!) fashion. There never was a book lik ...more
Lenore Kandel (born 1932) is an American poet who was briefly notorious as the author of a short book of poetry, The Love Book. A small pamphlet compiled of 4 poems, The Love Book provoked censorship with its poem "To Fuck with Love". As a result the book was seized by the police as hard core pornography in violation of state obscenity codes, from both City Lights Books and The Psychedelic Shop in ...moreMore about Lenore Kandel...