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Gregory Corso (1930-2001) was abandoned by his mother a month after his birth at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York. Growing up in foster care and on the streets of Little Italy, Corso was a juvenile delinquent who spent time in Clinton Correctional Facility, in the cell recently vacated by gangster "Lucky" Luciano. An aspiring poet, Corso was taken under the wing of Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, and became the youngest member of the Beat Generation's inner circle, with whom he lived and work in the Beat Hotel, a lodging house in Paris, during the late fifties. There he created one of his signature works, "Bomb", a poem composed of typewritten strips of paper arranged in the shape of a mushroom cloud. Late in life, Corso became reunited with his mother and maintained a close relationship with her until his death.
gregory corso - not perhaps the best known beat author - died 2001 - influencial to early nyc punks like patti smith - he writes in plain english and freestyle - his poems are... Read morePublished 1 month ago by *_wandering_star_*
AMAZING, Wonderful, In my opinion a must read for any Beat PoetPublished 13 months ago by Paul Robinson
Just for the poem "Bomb" this book is rarefied, like "Howl". Anyone who remembers the Cold War can only regard this book with awe. Read morePublished on May 24, 2013 by francis lemfield
great! nothing less but great this is truly a classic, that everybody should read at least once in their lives.Published on January 10, 2013 by Benjamin Koppel
This was the first Beat book of poetry I ever read, in my teens, and I felt compelled to read more. So I moved on to Ginsberg, and others. Read morePublished on June 5, 2004 by I ain't no porn writer