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Subduing Demons in America: Selected Poems 1962-2007 Paperback – November 1, 2008

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"His litanies from the underworld of the mind reverberate in your head and ventriloquize your own thoughts." -- William S. Burroughs

"Giorno is a bundle of tantalizing contradictions ... Having earned his stripes in the underground, he deserves broader recognition."

About the Author

Poet, performance artist, activist, and author John Giorno lives in New York City.

Marcus Boon is professor of English at York University in Toronto.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593762046
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593762049
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,435,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael Christian on June 8, 2015
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Anything Marcus Boon does is, in my estimation, amazing, and anything John Giorno writes is also amazing. Put the two together and you have an all-around winner. Boon's introduction is wonderfully illuminating, and the poems are verbal and intellectual gems. My favorites are "Just Say No to Family Values" and Thanx 4 Nothing." John Giorno, thanx 4 putting your antiestablishment thoughts into such striking language.
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Giorno plumbs the depths of his experiences and what he brings to the page cannot be ignored. His voice is primal, immediate, urgent, visceral, and real. I only hope to see the complete text of "Put Your Ear to Stone and Open Your Heart to the Sky" included in his Collected Poems when it is released. It's an amazing poem!
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