City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology

Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Publisher: City Lights Books

ISBN: 0872866793

Category: Poetry

Page: 306

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"Printer's ink is the greatest explosive."?Lawrence Ferlinghetti Lawrence Ferlinghetti founded the City Lights publishing house sixty years ago in 1955, launching the press with his now legendary Pocket Poets Series. First in the series was Pictures of the Gone World?the only book of his own poems that Ferlinghetti would ever publish at City Lights. Within a year, he had brought out two more volumes, translations by Kenneth Rexroth and then poems by Kenneth Patchen. But it was the success and scandal of number four, Howl & Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg (1956), that put City Lights on the map, positioning the Pocket Poets Series at the forefront of the literary counterculture. A landmark sixtieth anniversary retrospective, this edition is a must-have collection, an invaluable distillation of the energetic, iconoclastic, and still fresh body of work represented in the ongoing series. Ferlinghetti has selected three poems from each of the sixty volumes, including the work of Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Gregory Corso, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Andrei Voznesensky, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Julio Cortázar, Frank O'Hara, Marie Ponsot, Denise Levertov, Diane di Prima, Robert Duncan, Phillip Lamantia, Malcolm Lowry, and many more of the Pocket Poets Series innovative, influential, and often groundbreaking American and international poets. Ferlinghetti provides a fresh introduction that looks back at the inspiration for the series, why certain poets were included, and who were the ones that got away. His behind-the-scenes, personal anecdotes provide priceless insights that shed new light on his vision and his editorial practices at a time when the Pocket Poets Series was shaping the contours of poetry's avant-garde.

Howl, and Other Poems

Author: Allen Ginsberg

Publisher: Martino Fine Books

ISBN: 9781614275633

Category: Poetry

Page: 46

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2014 Reprint of 1956 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. "Howl" is a poem written by Allen Ginsberg in 1955, published as part of his 1956 collection of poetry titled "Howl and Other Poems." Ginsberg began work on "Howl" as early as 1954. "Howl" is considered to be one of the great works of American literature. It came to be associated with the group of writers known as the Beat Generation, which included Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs. There is no foundation to the myth that "Howl" was written as a performance piece and later published by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti of City Lights Books. This myth was perpetuated by Ferlinghetti as part of the defense's case during the poem's obscenity trial, as detailed below. Upon the poem's release, Ferlinghetti and the bookstore's manager, Shigeyoshi Murao, were charged with disseminating obscene literature, and both were arrested. On October 3, 1957, Judge Clayton W. Horn ruled that the poem was not obscene. Poems include: Howl -- Footnote To Howl -- A Supermarket in California -- Transcription of Organ Music -- Sunflower Sutra -- America -- In the Baggage Room at Greyhound; Earlier Poems: An Asphodel -- Song -- Wild Orphan -- In Back of the Real.

Planet News: 1961-1967

Pocket Poets Number 23

Author: Allen Ginsberg

Publisher: City Lights Publishers

ISBN: 9780872860209

Category:

Page: 144

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Planet News collecting seven years' Poesy scribed to 1967 begins with electronic politics disassociation & messianic rhapsody TV Baby in New York, continues picaresque around the globe, elan perceptions notated at Mediterranean, Galilee & Ganges till...

Kaddish and Other Poems: 1958-1960

Pocket Poets Number 14

Author: Allen Ginsberg

Publisher: City Lights Books

ISBN: 9780872860193

Category: Poetry

Page: 104

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Great strange visionary poems by the author of Howl, "in the midst of the broken consciousness of mid-twentieth century . . ." In the midst of the broken consciousness of mid-twentieth century suffering anguish of separation from my own body and its natural infinity of feeling its own self one with all self, I instinctively seeking to reconstitute that blissful union which I experience so rarely. I took it to be supernatural an gave it holy Name thus made hymn laments of longing and litanies of triumphancy of Self over mind-illusion mechano-universe of un-feeling Time in which I saw my self my own mother and my very nation trapped desolate our worlds of consciousness homeless and at war except for the original trembling of bliss in breast and belly of every body that nakedness rejected in suits of fear that familiar defenseless living hurt self which is myself same as all others abandoned scared to own unchanging desire for each other. These poems almost unconscious to confess the beatific human fact, the language intuitively chosen as in trance & dream, the rhythms rising on breath from belly thru breast, the hymn completed in tears, the movement of the physical poetry demanding and receiving decades of life while chanting Kaddish the names of Death in many worlds the self seeking the Key to life found at last in our self.

Howl on Trial

The Battle for Free Expression

Author: Bill Morgan,Nancy J. Peters

Publisher: City Lights Books

ISBN: 9780872864795

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 224

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Letters, press reports, excerpts from the trial transcript and decision, and other texts document the 1957 obscenity trial of San Francisco beat poet Allen Ginsburg and looks at censorship in the United States and the battle against it.

Save Twilight

Selected Poems

Author: Julio Cortazar

Publisher: City Lights Books

ISBN: 9780872863330

Category: Poetry

Page: 169

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"Selections from Cortâazar's 1984 collection Salvo el crepâusculo (see HLAS 50:3601), including prose commentaries from that volume. En face. Highly accomplished, colloquial translations. Short translator's preface; biographical note. Selection 'attemptsto represent the range of Cortâazar's poetic accomplishment' without traditional organization, following original volume's method. Excellent contribution to bibliography"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

Lunch Poems

50th Anniversary Edition

Author: Frank O'Hara

Publisher: City Lights Books

ISBN: 0872866173

Category: Poetry

Page: 71

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50th anniversary hardcover gift edition of the groundbreaking poetry collection by the leader of the "New York School" of poetry.

Beat Poets [With Ribbon Book Mark]

Author: Carmela Ciuraru

Publisher: Everyman's Library

ISBN: 0375413324

Category: Poetry

Page: 250

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Complemented by commentary on Beat poetics and selections from the letters of Beat Generation writers, this collection of expressive and improvisational poetry features contributions from Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Robert Creeley, Diane Di Prima, Gregory Corso, Denise Levertov, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Peter Orlovsky, and other notables. 20,000 first printing.

Howl

Original Draft Facsimile, Transcript, and Variant Versions, Fully Annotated by Author, with Contemporaneous Correspondence, Account of First Public Reading, Legal Skirmishes, Presursor Texts, and Bibliography

Author: Allen Ginsberg

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061137456

Category: Poetry

Page: 208

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First published in 1956, Allen Ginsberg's Howl is a prophetic masterpiece—an epic raging against dehumanizing society that overcame censorship trials and obscenity charges to become one of the most widely read poems of the century. This annotated version of Ginsberg's classic is the poet's own re-creation of the revolutionary work's composition process—as well as a treasure trove of anecdotes, an intimate look at the poet's writing techniques, and a veritable social history of the 1950s.

Pomes All Sizes

Pocket Poets Number 48

Author: Jack Kerouac

Publisher: City Lights Books

ISBN: 9780872862692

Category: Poetry

Page: 175

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A collection of poems by beat generation author Jack Kerouac, written between 1954 and 1965 about Mexico, Tangier, Berkeley, the Bowery, God, drugs, and other topics.

The Scripture of the Golden Eternity

Author: Jack Kerouac

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 150403399X

Category: Poetry

Page: 61

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Poetic meditations on joy, consciousness, and becoming one with the infinite universe from the author of On the Road During an unexplained fainting spell, Beat Generation writer Jack Kerouac experienced a flash of enlightenment. A student of Buddhist philosophy, Kerouac recognized the experience as “satori,” a moment of life-changing epiphany. The knowledge he gained in that instant is expressed in this volume of sixty-six prose poems with language that is both precise and cryptic, mystical and plain. His vision proclaims, “There are not two of us here, reader and writer, but one golden eternity.” Within these meditations, haikus, and Zen koans is a contemplation of consciousness and impermanence. While heavily influenced by the form of Buddhist poems or sutras, Kerouac also draws inspiration from a variety of religious traditions, including Taoism, Native American spirituality, and the Catholicism of his youth. Far-reaching and inclusive, this collection reveals the breadth of Kerouac’s poetic sensibility and the curiosity, word play, and fierce desire to understand the nature of existence that make up the foundational concepts of Beat poetry and propel all of Kerouac’s writing.

When I Was a Poet

Pocket Poets Number 60

Author: David Meltzer

Publisher: City Lights Books

ISBN: 0872865169

Category: Poetry

Page: 142

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A dual milestone in City Lights history, When I Was a Poet is number 60 of the famous Pocket Poets Series, as well as our first book of poems by legendary Beat author David Meltzer. The title piece is an ambitious late work by a master at the height of his powers, a spiritual assessment of the meaning of a lifetime spent writing poetry. Also included are portraits of key figures in the poet's life, including his parents, his late wife and musical partner Tina Meltzer, and Semina artist Wallace Berman, as well as "California Dreamin'," a reminiscence of Beat-era bohemian life. Meltzer's wide-ranging musical knowledge manifests itself in "A Slew of Blues" as well as poems devoted to the likes of Art Pepper and Nusrat Ali Khan, while his esoteric interests are embodied in a series of mystical "amulets." The book's final section contains two more major works, the eight-part serial poem "Night Reals" and "Dogma," a modernist counterpoint to the autobiographical title piece. With its profound meditations on love, loss, aging and death, When I Was a Poet is a substantial contribution to American poetry by one of its greatest living practitioners. As Lawrence Ferlinghetti writes, Meltzer is "one of the greats of post-WWII San Francisco poets and musicians."

Howl

A Graphic Novel

Author: Allen Ginsberg,Eric Drooker

Publisher: Penguin Modern Classics

ISBN: 9780141195704

Category: Poetry

Page: 223

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Beat movement icon and visionary poet, Allen Ginsberg was one of the most influential poets of the twentieth century, and broke boundaries with his fearless, pyrotechnic verse. The apocalyptic 'Howl', originally written as a performance piece, became the subject of an obscenity trial when it was first published in 1956. It is considered to be one of the defining works of the Beat Generation, standing alongside that of Burroughs, Kerouac, and Corso. In it, Ginsberg attacks what he saw as the destructive forces of materialism and conformity in the United States at the time, and takes on issues of sex, drugs and race, simultaneously creating what would become the poetic anthem for US counterculture.

The Essential Ginsberg

Author: Allen Ginsberg

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062362291

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 448

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Featuring the legendary and groundbreaking poem “Howl,” this remarkable volume showcases a selection of Allen Ginsberg’s poems, songs, essays, letters, journals, and interviews and contains sixteen pages of his personal photographs. One of the Beat Generation’s most renowned poets and writers, Allen Ginsberg became internationally famous not only for his published works but for his actions as a human rights activist who championed the sexual revolution, human rights, gay liberation, Buddhism and eastern religion, and the confrontation of societal norms—all before it became fashionable to do so. He was also the dynamic leader of war protesters, artists, Flower Power hippies, musicians, punks, and political radicals. The Essential Ginsberg collects a mosaic of materials that displays the full range of Ginsberg’s mental landscape. His most important poems, songs, essays, letters, journals, and interviews are displayed in chronological order. His poetic masterpieces, “Howl” and “Kaddish,” are presented here along with lesser-known and difficult to find songs and prose. Personal correspondence with William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac is included as well as photographs—shot and captioned by Ginsberg himself—of his friends and fellow rogues William Burroughs, Neal Cassady, and more. Through his essays, journals, interviews, and letters, this definitive volume will inspire readers to delve deeper into a body of work that remains one of the most impressive literary canons in American history.

Pictures of the Gone World

Pocket Poets Number 1

Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Publisher: City Lights Publishers

ISBN: 9780872863033

Category:

Page: 48

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Published to celebrate forty years of City Lights publishing, which began with the letterpress printing of this book in 1955. It was Lawrence Ferlinghetti's first book, and it has been reprinted twenty-one times, having never been out of print. The...

A Coney Island of the Mind

Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 9780811217477

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 94

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A collection of poetic works by the 2005 National Book Award Literarian Medal recipient features pieces that reflect the conservative post-war period of the 1950s and includes such selections as "I Am Waiting" and "Junkman's Obbligado," in a volume complemented by a CD recording of the author's poetry readings.

I Greet You at the Beginning of a Great Career

The Selected Correspondence of Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Allen Ginsberg, 1955-1997

Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti,Allen Ginsberg

Publisher: City Lights Books

ISBN: 0872866785

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 284

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One of the longest relationships between a publisher and a writer, documented in an intimate correspondence spanning their respective careers.

American Scream

Allen Ginsberg's Howl and the Making of the Beat Generation

Author: Jonah Raskin

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520246772

Category: History

Page: 320

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Written as a cultural weapon and call to arms, "Howl" touched a nerve in Cold War America and has been controversial from the day it was first read aloud. This is a critical and historical study of the work, elucidating the nexus of politics and literature in which it was written.

Tau

Author: Philip Lamantia,John Hoffman,Garrett T. Caples

Publisher: City Lights Publishers

ISBN: 9780872864856

Category: Poetry

Page: 137

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Acclaimed at age fifteen by Andre Breton as "a voice that rises once in a thousand years," Philip Lamantia (1927-2005) was America's greatest surrealist poet for over sixty years, as well as an influence on the Beat Generation. Tau is his lost second book, suppressed by the poet in 1955 due to his evolving spiritual beliefs. That same year, at the famous Six Gallery reading where Allen Ginsberg debuted "Howl," Lamantia read the poems of his close friend John Hoffman (1928-1952), who died in Mexico of unknown causes. Journey to the End, prepared by Lamantia himself, collects all of Hoffman's surviving works. These important Beat-era manuscripts are available here for the first time.