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Like a latterday Cassandra reminiscing of the thunderings of the gods, Sanders evokes participation, performance and prophecy in a fury of emotional ...
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Like a latterday Cassandra reminiscing of the thunderings of the gods, Sanders evokes participation, performance and prophecy in a fury of emotional tones and swirling factoids, chronicling the laughter and terror of his own creative annus mirabilis as freak' poet/ publisher / Yippie activist / rock star in the midst of the near-breaking of the nation.
A day-by-day and often minute-by-minute reconstructive chronicle, Ed Sanders's 1968: A History in Verse is a fittingly irreverent yet still poignant look at "...the '68/ whose pulses still surge/ in my psyche." Sanders was a member of the Fugs, a rock group that toured extensively that year, and remembrances of Janis Joplin and others blend with meetings with Abby Hoffman, the poet Charles Olson and many others. The assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. are reported gonzo-journalism style; after a long description, Sanders reaches a familiar conclusion: "Here's What I Believe:/ I believe that King and Kennedy/ were assassinated/ by U.S. Clandestine Intelligence Agencies/ probably by the CIA."