Mindfield: New and Selected Poems


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.
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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.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Once a Beat bad boy, Corso has grown up, revealed to good and ill effect in this collection of new and familiar work. At his best when driven by a blast of heretical energy, the insurgent is able to persuade us of the wisdom in bedlam. ``Be abnormal sex a crime? / Then be it everybody's crime,'' he suggests in the previously unpublished ``On Chessman's Crime,'' contending that no act of passion is purely or simply sordid, no matter what convention may decree. In a classic like ``Marriage,'' the poet performs a manic, hilarious balancing act in considering the right and wrong of propriety (``the girl next door'') versus creative anarchy (the mischievous garble of ``Radio belly! Cat shovel!''). Especially in some poems from his middle period, Corso's sense of play wanes, and he whines wordily, lectures and declaims. Still, few are as sincere--or as much fun--in making a virtue of perversity. (Dec.)
Library Journal
This first major volume by Corso in eight years includes selections from six previous collections, ranging from The Vestal Lady on Brattle (1955) to Herald of the Autochthonic Spirit (1981), plus 23 previously uncollected poems spanning his entire career (including five dated 1989). Corso's three most memorable poems--``Marriage,'' ``Bomb,'' and ``Elegiac Feelings American''--are included, along with others that will remind readers of Corso's lyric grace and ability to view life with enthusiasm and humor bordering on self-mockery, no matter what the cost. Even the topicality of many poems, which would date the work of lesser poets, is given continual freshness by Corso's startling imagery. Line drawings by the author, embodying the same innocence as the poems, are a perfect complement. Essential.-- Rochelle Ratner, formerly Poetry Editor, ``Soho Weekly News,'' New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560252016
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 292
  • Sales rank: 1,513,043
  • Product dimensions: 5.47 (w) x 8.45 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Gregory Corso is one of the stars of the Beat Generation. He has published six books of poetry since 1955. Renowned composer David Amram collaborated with Jack Kerouac in the first-ever live jazz poetry reading in 1957. Both Corso and Amram live in New York City.
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Table of Contents

Foreword: On Corso's Virtues
Introductory Notes
Greenwich Village Suicide 3
In the Morgue 4
Sea Chanty 5
Song 6
The Horse was Milked 7
Requiem for "Bird" Parker, Musician 8
12 Ash St. Place 12
The Wreck of the Nordling 13
A Pastoral Fetish 13
St. Lukes, Service for Thomas 14
Cambridge, First Impressions 15
In the Fleeting Hand of Time 21
Amnesia in Memphis 23
Mexican Impression 24
Sun 26
Puma in Chapultepec Zoo 27
Botticelli's "Spring" 28
Uccello 29
On the Walls of a Dull Furnished Room 30
Italian Extravaganza 30
Birthplace Revisited 31
The Last Gangster 31
But I Do Not Need Kindness 32
Don't Shoot the Warthog 34
I Am 25 35
Three 36
Hello 37
The Mad Yak 38
This Was My Meal 39
For Miles 40
Doll Poem 41
Last Night I Drove a Car 42
Zizi's Lament 43
Notes After Blacking Out 47
How Happy I Used to Be 48
Seaspin 50
Hair 51
Under Peyote 54
Transformation & Escape 55
I Held a Shelley Manuscript 58
On Pont Neuf 59
Poets Hitchhiking on the Highway 60
Marriage 62
Bomb 65
She Doesn't Know He Thinks He's God 70
Dream of a Baseball Star 71
Giant Turtle 73
A Dreamed Realization 74
Paranoia in Crete 75
Clown 76
The Sacre-Coeur Cafe 85
Mortal Infliction 86
From Another Room 86
Power 87
Army 93
1959 97
Man 101
Dear Girl 102
Writ When I Found Out His Was an Unmarked Grave 104
Happening on a German Train 105
European Thoughts 1959 106
The Love of Two Seasons 107
Friend 108
Halloween 109
Stars 109
Seed Journey 110
The Saving Quality 110
A Difference of Zoos 111
Some Greek Writings 112
Active Night 114
A Race of Sound 114
Writ on the Steps of Puerto Rican Harlem 115
They 117
For 117
Danger 118
The Second Night in NYC After 3 Years 119
Writ on the Eve of My 32nd Birthday 120
Elegiac Feelings American (for the dear memory of John Kerouac) 125
Spontaneous Requiem for the American Indian 135
Lines Written Nov. 22, 23-1963 - in Discord 140
The American Way 144
Of One Month's Reading of English Newspapers 151
America Politica Historia, in Spontaneity 152
God is a Masturbator 156
Ode to Old England & Its Language 157
Columbia U Poesy Reading - 1975 161
Sunrise 166
Sunset 168
I Met This Guy Who Died 169
Earliest Memory 170
What the Child Sees 171
Wisdom 171
For Homer 172
For Miranda 174
The Leaky Lifeboat Boys 175
How Not to Die 177
Inter & Outer Rhyme 178
Youthful Religious Experiences 179
Dear Villon 181
Proximity 182
Many Have Fallen 182
Nevermore Baltimore 183
When a Boy 186
Getting to the Poem 187
Ah ... Well 189
Spirit 190
I Gave Away ... 191
Galactic Birth 192
In Praise of Neanderthal Man 194
Destiny 197
The Whole Mess ... Almost 199
When We All ... 201
Alchemy 202
Feelings on Getting Older 203
For Lisa, 2 206
A Guide for My Infant Son 206
Rembrandt - Self-Portrait (1960) 209
Emily Dickenson the Trouble With You Is - (1960) 210
One Day ... (1960) 211
On Chessman's Crime (1961) 212
A Bed's Lament (1962) 213
Direction Sign in London Zoo (1962) 213
St. Tropez, Early Morning (1962) 214
Berlin Zoo (1962) 215
Vermeer (1962) 216
3 (1962) 217
Reflection (1962) 218
Commission Unfulfilled (1962) 219
Apples (1962) 219
30th Year Dream (1966) 220
The Doubt of Truth (1980) 222
The Doubt of Lie (1980) 223
Window (1982) 225
Hi (1982) 228
Love Poem for Three for Kaye & Me (1985) 230
Noted for Having Hard Heads (Testa Dura) (1989) 232
Fire Report - No Alarm (1989) 234
Poet Talking to Himself in the Mirror (1989) 236
Field Report (1989) 238
Drawings and Poems from a Notebook 269
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