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Republished with a new cover and a new introduction by David Amram, this publication includes forewords by two legendary Beat writers, William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg....

Title : Mindfield: New and Selected Poems
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ISBN : 9781560252016
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Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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Mindfield: New and Selected Poems Reviews

  • Matt
    2019-02-28 03:23

    Brilliant in some places, usually the early stuff, lame and unfocused in (most) others.Corso was a talented poet but he got too carried away with being a wild child (and among the Beats as a whole, that's quite an accomplishment) and neglected to develop his craft.Don't get me wrong- I'm a fan of "the derangement of the senses" and all that, but it depends greatly on just who we're really talking about. Some creative people need to cut loose to make their work come alive, others actually need to pare their bombastic inclinations down a bit so as to get the maximum power out of their material.Ginsberg was ten times the poet Corso was, though kindly Allen (who'd actually discovered Corso the raffish street kid who'd basically grown up in jail in a lesbian bar in NYC back in the day) would have probably argued otherwise. Come to think of it, Corso's life story would actually be very well-suited to a novel or a biopic. It's a shame that we get so little of it in his poetry, actually...

  • Erika B. (SOS BOOKS)
    2019-03-18 07:18

    Have you ever read three Gregory Corso books in one night? I just did! (I read Gasoline a couple of days ago so it doesn't count) I don't really know anything anymore!

  • Craig Werner
    2019-02-25 11:44

    As the introductory remarks by Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs attest, Corso's one of those poets who maintained a high reputation among those who knew him as part of the Beat Generation. Reading this selection of the six volumes he published during his life, supplemented by a sheaf of mostly forgettable unpublished work, I caught glimpses of what he had to offer. "Marriage" has been one of my favorites since I read it when I was first discovering poetry-outside-class: "Penguin dust, bring me penguin dust!" still makes me smile. "Bomb," "1959," "American Politica Historia," and "Power" rank with the second tier of Ginsberg's prophetic jeremiads (which isn't bad). "Elegiac Feelings American," written as eulogy for Kerouac, catches the feeling of the Beats as they passed out of their moment, and "The Whole Mess...Almost" is a sad serious meditation on what Corso knew was his failure to match his dreams. Combine those with a handful of funny and/or pinpoint lyrics--"Requieum for 'Bird" Parker, Musician," "Birthplace Revisited," "Don't Shoot the Warthog," "The Love of Two Seasons," "Active Night"--and you've got a more than respectable career. But it's hard not to wonder what might have been if Corso hadn't lost so many hours and neurons to drugs and despair.

  • Jerry Oliver
    2019-03-02 06:35

    This is one of my favorite books of poetry. A wonderful selection of poems from throughout his career including some of his best late period pieces. Corso's poem The Whole Mess...Almost, is a personal favorite. Elegiac Feelings American and Bomb are classics. Gregory Corso will always hold a special place in my heart. He is the one and only Beat that I got to meet. He came to give a poetry reading at a funky bar named Duffy's in St. Paul, Minnesota in the late winter of 1983. The night of his reading a blizzard was in progress. Only a handful of us ventured to the bar and we were rewarded for our effort. Gregory invited the whole audience to come sit on the stage with him while he read and performed his heart out for us and then hung around, drank beer and chatted with us. I was even able to give him some of my poems, which he graciously accepted. A night I'll never forget.

  • AC
    2019-03-22 11:23

    A good collection from an interesting, albeit hardly a first-tier poet. Yet Corso does find the occasional gem. For example, this ("Spirit") from Herald of the Autochthonic Spirit (1981), which served as his epitaph on his tomb in Rome:

  • J.P.
    2019-03-21 08:18

    The place to start with Corso. The best available overview of his work, bar none.

  • Haylee
    2019-03-12 03:32

    Its a Corso compilation. If you've never read Corso, start with Elegiac Feelings American.

  • Heather
    2019-03-08 07:28

    This 3-star is a bit misleading--it's difficult to rate a collection as a whole. Some of the poems were 4-star, a couple even 5-star. But on the whole, I was not thrilled with the poetry, which I thought I would be. His best poems, to me, are when he's speaking about his life (i.e. his birthday poems). So many of his poems rang more like essays to me. Just didn't knock my socks off.

  • Edward Moore
    2019-02-26 06:27

    Some good things here. I think the technique if first write best write should not be ironclad but Corso appears to be faithful to it. Although we never know, do we? I am glad I read it right after Ginsberg's complete poems. I ought to try some Burroughs.

  • Jackie
    2019-03-03 10:35

    What? I dont know, I've read about 9 poems and maybe 7 of them were good. What the fuck is this? MANDIE HOW DOES THIS WORK?!

  • Mills College Library
    2019-03-19 08:39

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