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Poetry. African American Studies. CRANIAL GUITAR collects poems that first appeared in The Ancient Rain and Crowded with Loneliness, and includes the entire text of the long-out-of-print Golden Sardine, in the only major collection available of the late poet Bob Kaufman. Kaufman was active (except during a decade long self-imposed silence) in the poetry scenes of San Franc ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published February 1st 1995 by Coffee House Press
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Arthur Cravan
Aug 07, 2013 Arthur Cravan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, beat
Kaufman has been called the black Rimbaud. I don't know about that. Really, I don't know ANYTHING about that. But let's give it to him anyway. He apparently hung almost permanently around coffee joints, writing a poem & perhaps reading it or just leaving it there, but never keeping or collecting his works. This is shown in the book - a few poems have various iterations. I like the idea of them not being 'drafts' per se, but slightly different versions of the same thing, felt slightly differe ...more
Jon Corelis
Jan 22, 2013 Jon Corelis rated it it was amazing
One of the best beat poets

***** A Five Star Poetry Book: Recommended for All Readers

I've never understood why Bob Kaufman never had as much of a reputation as his fellow beat poets Ginsberg, Snyder, and Corso -- at his best, he's as good as any of them, and much of his work, for all its idiosyncrasy, is fairly accessible for a general audience, by the standards of most modern poetry. Though he's often not at his best, his best is so very good that I'm giving this collection as a representative o
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