Harold Norse


Born
in Brooklyn, New York, The United States
July 06, 1916

Died
June 08, 2009

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Harold Norse was an American writer, openly gay, who created a body of work using the American idiom of everyday language and images. One of the expatriate artists of the Beat generation, Norse was widely published and anthologized.

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In the Hub of the Fiery For...

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Memoirs of a Bastard Angel

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Beat Hotel

3.69 avg rating — 13 ratings — published 1975 — 2 editions
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Karma Circuit

4.18 avg rating — 11 ratings — published 1975 — 2 editions
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Hotel Nirvana: Selected Poe...

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Χάρολντ Νορς: Ποιήματα (Αμε...

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The Roman Sonnets

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Harold Norse, the Love Poem...

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Carnivorous Saint Gay Poems...

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“The fiery force is nothing more than the life force as we know it. It is the flame of desire and love, of sex and beauty, of pleasure and joy as we consume and are consumed, as we burn with pleasure and burn out in time.”
Harold Norse, In the Hub of the Fiery Force: Collected Poems, 1934-2003

“When we kill our desires we stink like any corpse.”
Harold Norse, Carnivorous Saint Gay Poems, 1941-1976

“I’m not a man, I can’t earn a living, buy new things for my family.
I have acne and a small peter.

I’m not a man. I don’t like football, boxing and cars.
I like to express my feeling. I even like to put an arm
around my friend’s shoulder.

I’m not a man. I won’t play the role assigned to me- the role created
by Madison Avenue, Playboy, Hollywood and Oliver Cromwell,
Television does not dictate my behavior.

I’m not a man. Once when I shot a squirrel I swore that I would
never kill again. I gave up meat. The sight of blood makes me sick.
I like flowers.

I’m not a man. I went to prison resisting the draft. I do not fight
when real men beat me up and call me queer. I dislike violence.

I’m not a man. I have never raped a woman. I don’t hate blacks.
I do not get emotional when the flag is waved. I do not think I should
love America or leave it. I think I should laugh at it.

I’m not a man. I have never had the clap.
I’m not a man. Playboy is not my favorite magazine.
I’m not a man. I cry when I’m unhappy.
I’m not a man. I do not feel superior to women
I’m not a man. I don’t wear a jockstrap.
I’m not a man. I write poetry.
I’m not a man. I meditate on peace and love.
I’m not a man. I don’t want to destroy you”
Harold Norse
tags: poetry

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