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Collected Poems 1947-1997 Paperback – October 9, 2007
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“If you want to read Ginsberg’s poetry, you should go straight to the source. COLLECTED POEMS 1947-1997 gathers everything.” (Los Angeles Times)
“Taken all together, Ginsberg’s poems are X-rays of a considerable part of American society during the last four decades.” (The New Yorker)
“The mammoth new COLLECTED POEMS, 1947-1997 places Ginsberg firmly among the most prolific poets of the age.” (Washington Post Book World)
“There’s a lot to like...the current volume testifies to the poet’s scope and indefatigable energy.” (Chicago Sun-Times)
“Sooner or later, anyone interested in American poetry must embrace Allen Ginsberg.” (Houston Chronicle)
“The COLLECTED POEMS” are the ultimate statement on Ginsberg’s art.” (Chicago Tribune)
“he wrote any number of splendid, singular poems that no other American poet of our age was capable of penning…” (San Diego Union-Tribune)
“The volume gathers for the first time all the published verse of...poet Ginsberg...A history...of a turbulent time.” (Salt Lake City Tribune)
“Essential…COLLECTED POEMS…is easily the best of the bunch…Some 50 years later, Ginsberg’s talent still glows on paper.” (The Post and Courier)
“Ginsberg’s poems are reminders that those who face a culture’s disapproval can approve themselves.” (The Progressive)
Top Customer Reviews
And that's what shines thru in many of these poems -- compassion, attention to the present, and the courage to be so honest about his life and his feelings. Many of these poems are raw, experimental, informal, and spontaneous, almost like journal entries. He wrote numerous classics -- Pull My Daisy (written with Kerouac & Cassady in 1949), Howl, America, Kaddish, Mescaline, Lysergic Acid, Wichita Vortex Sutra, Wales Visitation, Elegy for Neal Cassady, and Memory Gardens (elegy for Jack Kerouac), among others.
Some of the most common themes are world travel, nature, daily events, progressive politics, the US invasion of Vietnam, the peace movement, road trips, drug use, the beats, gay sex, hinduism, buddhism, death, and love. In other words, Ginsberg wrote about his life. He talks about his friends dying, his father dying, his mother's insanity and death, his loves, his joys, and whatever is pressing and interesting to him at the moment. Some of the poems are better than others, but I can't imagine there's a more honest poet out there.Read more ›
I write this review to show disappointment in the publisher who continues to publish the collected works on the cheapest paper next to newsprint.
For the next edition, I would like to see, at least in limited edition, a volume printed on quality paper which could last more than a few years before turning yellow.
Ginsbergs deserves better treatment.
I fell in love with Allens poetry about a year ago and have been listening to his poems in audio like crazy, but this book is so delightful I have been reading it rather than listening to more audios, as my time is a bit short these days. I cant say how much I love it. I would marry this book if it asked me! I dont think any poetry loving person with a sense of fun would ever regret buying this book. Get it! And bring more wonder into your life.
OH THIS WORD RIDE-SO LIKE A RIPTIDE-LEAVING NO PLACE TO HIDE
All I can say is WOW! If ever there WERE a person who
could be called as THAT kind of "spewer out of words" kind of person,
the sort who lets his words flow, just letting it all hang out, no holds barred, throwing
all sense of caution into the wind, kind of person, well, THAT kind of person is
the only one who would-- strike that--COULD have written "The Howl." Now THAT'S a
TRUE RANT, albeit, a rhythmic, alarmingly poetical and ultimately coming to make
some kind of sense, when finally driving point his home, well, THIS person could
only be that pure genius, gut cut wide open "spewer of words", Allen Ginsberg.
So now, let me cry, oh my my, what a word ride. And so worth the trip.
If you love words--he sure let's 'em rip.
What we have here, after his earlier youthful, word seeking,
linquistic exploring, errrr, self-experimentation, before that magical high note of clarity
hit as voice and pen fused as one (take note of the high magical clarity) so birthing a
True Wordsmith, who in turn broke all the barriers down.
He RANTED those walls down.
He HOWLED 'em down.
That's who Allen Ginsberg is. No holds barred. So unconventional.
A poet. The essence of unconventional poeticism.
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Glad to have found this book! Ginsberg has always been my favorite beat icon and personality because of his lucid way of writing.Published 5 months ago by Beth Cook
If you can stand the amount of pretension or hip in these poems- or if you just need it for a class- anyway you look at it the whole work is here in one place. Read morePublished 7 months ago by thirdtwin
whether you like him or his poetry one has to accept that Ginsberg was a major force in poetry of the 20th century. If you are interested in poetry this is a must read.Published 14 months ago by chanko
This book is the complete works Allen Ginsberg. What else can I say, if you like poetry that has counter culture themes interlaced with politics you will love Allen Ginsberg's... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Christopher Hubbard
Positively immaculate. Ginsberg's poetry is, at once, both a gorgeous work of maximal language, and a pragmatic accounting of one man's profound existence. Read morePublished 15 months ago by austin