This beautiful pocket-sized anthology features the work of more than twenty-five writers from the great twentieth-century countercultural literary movement. Writing with an audacious swagger and an iconoclastic zeal, and declaiming their verse with dramatic flourish in smoke-filled cafés, the Beats gave birth to a literature of previously unimaginable expressive range.
The defining work of Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac provides the foundation for this collection, which also features the improvisational verse of such Beat legends as Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gary Snyder, and Michael McClure and the work of such women writers as as Diane DiPrima and Denise Levertov. LeRoi Jones's plaintive "Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note" and Bob Kaufman's stirring "Abomunist Manifesto" appear here alongside statements on poetics and the alternately incendiary and earnest correspondence of Beat Generation writers.
Visceral and powerful, infused with an unmediated spiritual and social awareness, this is a rich and varied tribute and, in the populist spirit of the Beats, a vital addition to the libraries of readers everywhere.
This book is part of the Everyman's Library Pocket Poets series - that means it' is rather lovely. It's a pocket clothbound volume with an elegant jacket, full cloth sewn binding, silk ribbon marker and headbands, gold stamping on front and spine and decorative endpapers.
- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Everyman's Library (2002)
- Language: English
- Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 2 x 16.5 cm