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12 Ash St. Place
2 Weird Happenings In Haarlem
Amnesia In Memphis
Birthplace Revisited
Botticelli's 'spring'
But I Do Not Need Kindness
Cambridge, First Impressions
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Doll Poem
Don't Shoot The Warthog
Ecce Homo
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Fragment From The Decadence
The Game
Greenwich Village Suicide
Hello
The Horse Was Milked
I Am 25
I Miss My Dear Cats
In My Beautiful...and Things
In The Early Morning
In The Fleeting Hand Of Time
In The Morgue
In The Tunnel-bone Of Cambridge
Into The Aperture Of An Unlikely Archimage
Italian Extravaganza
King Crow
The Last Gangster
Last Night I Drove A Car
The Last Warmth Of Arnold
The Mad Yak
Man Seated Outside My Window
Mexican Impressions
My Hands Are A City
New York Man
No Word
Ode To Coit Tower
An Old Man Said He Once Saw Emily Dickinson
On The Walls Of A Dull Furnished Room
Paris
A Pastoral Fetish
Puma In Chapultepec Zoo
Requiem For 'bird' Parker, Musician
The Runaway Girl
The Sausages
Sea Chanty
The Shakedown
The Sniper's Lament
Song
St. Lukes, Service For Thomas
Sun
This Is America
This Was My Meal
Thoughts On A Japanese Movie
Three: 1
Three: 2
Three: 3
To A Downfallen Rose
Uccello
The Vestal Lady On Brattle
Vision Epizootics
Vision Of Rotterdam
The Wreck Of The Nordling
You Came Last Season
You, Whose Mother's Lover Was Grass
Zizi's Lament
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About the Author

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.
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Product Details

  • Series: City Lights Pocket Poets Series (Book 8)
  • Paperback: 99 pages
  • Publisher: City Lights Publishers (January 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872860884
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872860889
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 0.3 x 6.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #506,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Some months ago I took this book off the bookshelf when I wanted something to read at the laundromat, and I didn't know that whenever I go out, to coffee house or again to laundromat, that subsequently this is the book that I always would take. From beginning to end it is delightful - I can't begin to say what a wonderful poet Corso is. He does things with words that are special - for example, the first line of his poem "Paris": "Childcity, Aprilcity . . . ." A joy.
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Gasoline was published by Lawrence Ferlinghetti 's City Lights Books in 1958 when Ferlinghetti and Corso were still on the same page as celebrity Beat Poets along with Alan Ginsberg, William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. It is considered by critics as an undistinguished work, and deservedly so. Corso lived a romantic and heroic life, abandoned as a child, brought up in a Catholic orphanage, occasionally visited by his abusive father, was frequently arrested as a juvenile for petty theft and thrown into a notorious New York prison, Clinton Prison, where he was befriended by Mafioso kingpin Lucky Luciano after a conviction for stealing a suit he wanted to wear on a date. He met Ginsberg at a lesbian bar in Boston and Ginsberg befriended him . Ginsberg reportedly carried a romantic crush for Corso, who was straight. He then met Archibald Macleish at Cambridge and spent the rest of his life carousing around Europe with his Beat friends and giving poetry readings with them. He capitalized on two of his poems which had become well-known: Marriage and The Bomb (written in the form of a mushroom cloud). He wrote one other notable poem, Elegiac Feelings American, dedicated to Kerouac. Otherwise he was savaged by the critics and Life and Time magazines ,which made him a celebrity. (That and a reading in Los Angeles where he and Ginsberg did their reading in the nude, shocking the audience as well as the critics!) He died at the age of 70 from prostate cancer in 2001. While Gasoline is of historic importance to Corso and the Beats, it has no significant poems. In fact most of them -- as Burroughs subtly noted in his back page endorsement-- "suffer reverses.Read more ›
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A top-five favorite poet for me, this purchase didn't disappoint.
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By LMK on November 25, 2014
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Cranks the gears - like it should and more than most
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