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Starred Review. Counterculture icon, beat apostle, Buddhist chanter, heir to William Blake, unapologetic explorer of intoxicating substances, world traveler, political protest leader, celebrant of gay sex, chronicler of New Jersey Jewish heritage and of Lower East Side post-hippie bohemians, Ginsberg (1926–1997) became by the midpoint of his career the most famous American poet of his era. At first hardworking and tormented, later on a spontaneous, welcoming mentor, the writer who in Howl (1956) "saw the best minds of my generation starving hysterical naked," and who mourned his psychotic mother in the wrenching title poem of Kaddish (1960) kept creating entertaining (if not quite so innovative) poems, for almost three decades after he rose to fame. This first complete collection of Ginsberg's work reproduces his 1980 Collected Poems—including all the extensive notes: here are "Howl" and "Kaddish" and the great anti–Vietnam War poem "Wichita Vortex Sutra"; here too are the poems about Prague and Cornwall, Benares and Shanghai and the Australian outback, the songs and chants in quatrains (with sheet music) and the unashamed odes to beautiful young men. This complete edition adds White Shroud (1986), Cosmopolitan Greetings (1994) and the aptly titled Death and Fame: Last Poems (2000). A hefty, vivid and important tome, it should remind us just how much Ginsberg accomplished. (Oct.)
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“A...brilliant volume that shows Ginsberg...to be not only a legendary protest writer but also a lyric poet.” (New York Times)

“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)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1216 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics; Reprint edition (October 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061139750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061139758
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I just finished reading Ginsberg's collected poems, 1947-1997 -- fifty years and over a thousand pages of poetry. My overall impression is that he was probably the kindest, most moral member of the beat generation. When the other beats were penniless & borrowing money, Ginsberg was the one they borrowed money from. Corso would steal Ginsberg's manuscripts and sell them to used book dealers to score heroin, and each time Ginsberg would walk down to the book dealer and buy back his priceless words. Where Kerouac preached his own version of buddhism and gave it up a few years later for alcoholic catholicism, Ginsberg remained a dedicated student of buddhist compassion to the end of his days.

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.
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Americans who can't name five poets will name Allen Ginsberg. In this case, that is good since he was one of America's Greatest Poets. This book attest to this.

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.
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This book contains almost all of Ginsberg's poetry. If you are one of those people that must have all of his poems, a great purchase would be The Book of Martyrdom and Artifice. It is his journals and early poems from 1937-1952. You will have every poem that he wrote and his journal. Also, you can buy his book of letters too.
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Ginsberg hallows the new Holy, that Numinous Experience far from the bowed heads and folded hands of false piety. He straddled both the Beat and Hippie Generations with a raw feed that will bear hearing and heeding far beyond this Now when we are None for Crutches, Creeds, and when we seek answers that our paternalistic and chauvinist last century would shut out, that which has become the gay new mainstream. As one who would write poetics of the new raw feed, Ginsberg has emboldened me to be honest to the point of disdain for what before I was (straight and ....phobic) to this my honest moment (trans-fem and happily so!) Read this collection of Psalms as the Newing Testament of a New New wHOLLY Bible!
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Fantastic collection in an inexpensive e-book form. Ginsberg (and beat poetry) is certainly not everyone's idea of great writing. But the man had style and spoke well to those of us of a certain time and frame of mind. He's worth a read even if the material may have faded a bit and is not as "shocking" today as when first published. My favorite, "Wichita Vortex Sutra", has stood the test of time and is as powerful as ever.
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Its an amazing book and huge too. Most of Allens work is here. I have the kindle edition as well because I loved my paperback one so much I wanted to carry it around and read Allens poems whenever I felt like it.
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.
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*________________________________________________________*
OH THIS WORD RIDE-SO LIKE A RIPTIDE-LEAVING NO PLACE TO HIDE
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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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