City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology. I poeti della Beat Generation
This comprehensive selection from the influential City Lights Pocket Poets series is a landmark retrospective, celebrating forty years of publishing and cultural history.
From the introduction by Lawrence Ferlinghetti: "Even though some say that an avant-garde in literature no longer exists, the smaller independent publisher is itself still a true avant-garde, its place sti...more
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It's actually the big Beat names that affected me the least- the Ginsberg stuff I already knew and his work probably take ...more
The poets come from that '50s and '60s mentality and their work is free-flowing, full of sexual imagery and references to death. Reading the works is energizing, especially if one r ...more
Really appreciate the work of City Lights and love Lawrence Ferlinghetti, but covers a vast, vast range.
Cool book to browse to discover new poets, but prefer reading chatbooks with more of a theme and time.
Poetry omnibuses tend to be too much.
One of my favorites in the book is Jack Kerouac's "Hymn" ...http://enothingblog.blogspot.com/2010...
Worthwhile, but found myself browsing a lot of the poems/poets that interested me less.
Poetry is easi ...more
Having said that, it is an anthology and its joys and disappointments are as such- i.e. I really liked the work of some of the poets included, some less so, and a few I even found a little embarrassing. I seem to find myself particularly drawn to Italian poetry. The selections from Antonio Porta's collection, "Kisses From Another Dre ...more
"Thoughts leave the pitiless city;/Yet ships themselves are iron and have no pity;/Wile men have hearts and sides that strain and rust."
I'd also recommend Lowry's "The Volcano is Dark" on page 83.
Phillip Lamantia from "Voice of the Earth Mediums"
"We are truly fed up/with mental machines of peace & war/ nuclear monoxide brains ...more
I like reading anthologies when I'm reading them, but I rarely actually go through one cover to cover. I gave the Pocket Poet Anthology my attention because I hadn't read much of this work in a long time. I'm glad I gave many of these poems a read because it shows me how my taste has changed--or not chang ...more
City Lights press was of course the major publisher of the mid-century American poetry arising from the movement known as the "beat generation," including such authors as Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Bob Kaufman, and City Lights publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Beat poetry isn't to everyone's taste, but there's no denying that it was one of the most socially significant and influential literary movements in modern America. This anthology is a sampler: ...more
every time i open it i find a another poem to love - and it's a sentimental reminder of my visit to City Lights - book lovers' paradise ...
seems i'm not alone in thinking this ...