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Death & Fame: Last Poems 1993-1997by Allen Ginsberg
Synopses & Reviews
Is AboutDylan is about the Individual against the whole of creation
Beethoven is about one man's fist in the lightning clouds
The Pope is about abortion & the spirits of the dead ...
Television is about people sitting in their living room looking at their
America is about being a big Country full of Cowboys Indians Jews
Negroes & Americans
Orientals Chicanos Factories skyscrapers Niagara Falls Steel Mills
radios homeless Conservatives, don't forget
Russia is about Tzars Stalin Poetry Secret Police Communism barefoot
in the snow
But that's not really Russia it's a concept
A concept is about how to look at the earth from the moon
without ever getting there. The moon is about love & Werewolves, also
Poe is about looking at the moon from the sun
or else the graveyard
Everything is about something if you're a thin movie producer chain
The world is about overpopulation, Imperial invasions, Biocide,
Genocide, Fratricidal Wars, Starvation, Holocaust, mass
injury & murder, high technology
Super science, atom Nuclear Neutron Hydrogen detritus, Radiation
Compassion Buddha, Alchemy
Communication is about monopoly television radio movie newspaper
spin on Earth, i.e. planetary censorship.
Universe is about Universe.
Allen Ginsberg is about confused mind writing down newspaper
headlines from Mars--
The audience is about salvation, the listeners are about sex, Spiritual
gymnastics, nostalgia for the Steam Engine & Pony Express
Hitler Stalin Roosevelt & Churchill are about arithmetic & Quadri-
lateral equations, above all chemistry physics & chaos theory
Who cares whatit's all about?
Do you care? What are you about
or are you a human being with 10 fingers & two eyes?
New York City,
Allen Ginsberg was one of the bravest and most admired poets of this century. Famous for energizing the Beat Generation literary movement upon his historic encounter with Gregory Corso, Jack Kerouac, and William Burroughs in mid-century New York City, Ginsberg influenced several generations of writers, musicians, and poets. When he died on April 5, 1997, we lost one of the greatest figures of twentieth-century American literary and cultural history. This singular volume of final poems commemorated the anniversary of Ginsberg's death, and includes the verses he wrote in the years shortly before he died.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 105-111) and index.
About the Author
Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, was awarded the medal of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French minister of culture, won the National Book Award for The Fall of America, and was a cofounder of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute, the first accredited Buddhist college in the Western world.
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