Cranial Guitar: Selected Poems
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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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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
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...more
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1997 PEN Center USA Award Winner for Poetry
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