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Selected Poems: Stephen Jonas

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Poetry. "Stephen Jonas is part of a mythic Boston poetry gang headed by John Wieners, comrades of Charles Olson, fellow New Englander. His gay verse pioneered and prophesied later "Fag Rag" decades in Puritan Boston. A true poet of modern classic culture in mid-twentieth century U.S. A." -Allen Ginsberg.
Paperback, 250 pages
Published 1994 by Talisman House
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Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
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I had to stop reading it midway because I was seriously getting pissed off. He had the beat going, sure, and he drew a lot of material from a rich array of resources, but his turns of phrase and imagery were barely there. The Exercises for Ear were interesting enough to get me through the first half of the book, but afterwards it was a fast plunge. It was just one pretentious verse after another.
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Jun 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
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This is a hard one to rate. Many, probably the majority, of these poems are 5 Star at the very least. Exercises for Ear is still a wonder to me when I read it. The first time I read it, it inspired a couple of months of writing Jonas imitations, and some of what I learned has stuck with me. He is the best of the poets to come out of the "Boston Renaissance" (Wieners, Spicer, Blaser, Jonas, et al).

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