Collected Poems, 1947-1997

Collected Poems, 1947-1997

Book - 2006
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A volume culled from the National Book Award-winning poet's entire half-century career is published to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of "Howl" and offers insight into his influence as an iconic Beat generation writer.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, [2006]
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061139741
Characteristics: xx, 1,189 pages : illustrations, music ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Poems


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" ...Because a dog barked at a madman with dirty wild black hair who rag /round his midriff &water pot in hand/...shrugged &said JAI SHANIKAR! to the imaginary audience of Me's,/While a white-robed Baul Singer carrying his one stringed dried pumpkin/Guitar/Sat down near the cigarette stand and surveyed his new scene, just arrived/ in the Holy City of Benares." " Yes I am that worm soul under/ the heel of the daemon horses..." "...a little weed in the bathroom, girls in scarlet/ tights,.../And 4 police cars parked outside the painted/ gate, red lights revolving in the leaves." "Come, Nebraska, sing &dance with me--/ Come lovers of Lincoln and Omaha,/ hear my soft voice at last/...Truth of America breaks through!/ How big is the prick of the President?/ How big is Cardinal Vietnam?/ How little the prince of the FBI, unmarried all these years!/How big are all the Public Figures?/ What kind of flesh hangs, hidden behind their Images?...."


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