Outlaw Bible of American Poetry

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From the Beat poetry of the '50s to the spoken word of today, The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry brings readers the words, visions, and extravagant lives of bohemians, beatniks, hippies, punks, and slackers. Like Donald Allen's epochal New American Poetry, The Outlaw Bible will serve as a primer for generational revolt and poetic expression, and is an enduring document of the visionary tradition of authenticity and nonconformity in literature. This exuberant manifesto includes lives of the poets, on-the-scene ...

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Overview

From the Beat poetry of the '50s to the spoken word of today, The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry brings readers the words, visions, and extravagant lives of bohemians, beatniks, hippies, punks, and slackers. Like Donald Allen's epochal New American Poetry, The Outlaw Bible will serve as a primer for generational revolt and poetic expression, and is an enduring document of the visionary tradition of authenticity and nonconformity in literature. This exuberant manifesto includes lives of the poets, on-the-scene testimony, seminal underground articles never before collected, photographs of clubs and cafes, interviews, and, above all, the poems.

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The Beat sensibility is alive and ranting in this bulky, multigenerational anthology of work by those who follow the off-road literary paths of Whitman and Ginsberg. Id-driven, political, and sexually explicit, these poems speak in the vernacular of the street, touting oppositional art as a weapon against poverty, corporate capitalism, discrimination, and violence. The roster of poets has to be among the strangest gathered in one volume; progenitors like Kerouac, Baraka, diPrima, etc., are interleaved with youthful urban slammers and complemented by the likes of Tupac Shakur, Tom Waits, Richard Pryor, Karen Finley, Janis Joplin, Che Guevara, James Dean, and other pop icons. The spirit of the whole affair might best be summarized by Pedro Pietri's "Telephone booth number 542": "the only way/ i know how/ to wash dishes/ is by smashing them/ against the wall!" Though this collection holds some historical and documentary interest and a few harrowing moments courtesy of Sapphire and Gerry Gomez Pearlberg, many poems are by turns obvious, self-important, tedious, and indulgent--just like Open Mic Night down at the local tavern.--Fred Muratori, Cornell Univ. Lib., Ithaca, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560252276
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Pages: 736
  • Sales rank: 460,420
  • Product dimensions: 5.79 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 1.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Kaufman is the editor-in-chief of Davka: Jewish Cultural Revolution. His books include The New Generation: Fiction for Our Time from America's Writing Programs. He lives in San Francisco.

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  • Posted March 10, 2012

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    Tear out about 667 pages and you'll have yourself a cracking out

    Tear out about 667 pages and you'll have yourself a cracking outlawish chap. Lamentably, the rest is nothing more than sodden fodder. I say this not because I'm a Brit, really most of my preferred poets are Yanks, but because I prefer a softer tissue for bathroom reading. The knock-off Bukowski brand leaves my bum chafed. And my budgie won't even let me line his cage with that stuff.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2007

    A reviewer

    Every time I open the Outlaw Bible, I find a new favorite poem. It is highly coveted among my friends, so much so that an ex-boyfriend will not give MY copy back to me, even after numerous phone calls.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2002

    MEAT POETRY arrives

    It's grand to see MEAT POETRY and MEAT POETS finally treated with deserved honor and respect within the pages of this new anthology. Unfortunately, work by Meat Poet leader Charles Bukowski, was too expensive for the publishing budget, but near 700 pages of radical work by our nations' rebel writers overcomes Bukowski's absence, almost. MEAT POETRY was born in 1966 in a manifesto called 'Earth Rose' in which three poets' works (Charles Bukowski, John Buckner, Editor Steve Richmond) were featured. When 10,000 copies of Earth Rose were distributed (mainlined) gratis to Los Angeles area folks, both literate and otherwise, twelve distributing heroes were arrested, but the ACLU successfully defended the innocent. Editor Steve Richmond's obscenity trial went on 4 years before US Federal Court Judge Rafeedie opined, 'EVEN BAD POETRY IS PROTECTED BY THE FIRST AMMENDMENT' 5 stars for this one! cudos to Grove Press for birthing this Bible! & VIVA TO THE OUTLAWS HONORED TO HAVE WORK INSIDE!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2000

    OUTlandishly Good Poetry

    This thick book of poetry is like panning for gold, open it anyplace....and you will score nuggets of shimmery, hypnotic ore. The poets included are a who's who of American undergroud voices that tackle a wide range of subjects..this is what it would sound like if Billy the Kid wrote poetry. '...and how do you like your blue-eyed boy NOW..Mr. Death?' I am excited to be included in this anthology...and ask that others included pen their feelings in this space, so generously provided by barnes and noble.COM

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2000

    True American Poetry at its best

    True poets telling it like it is in the real world. No Hollywood version.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2000

    a look at the 'outlaws' of poetry

    This was a pretty good collection of poetry. about a third of it was really bad, about a third of it was okay, good poetry, but there was a third of it that was outstanding poetry. one problem i had was that many of the well-known great poets in this collection contributed work that definately wasn't their best. and i'm sure they left some out. but still, i'd say it definately needs to be in any poet's collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 1999

    An exceptional book

    I found the Outlaw Bible to be a superb collection of poetry. The only major drawback I saw was in indexing the various poets. However, it's worth digging through the massive book for all those unknown gems one finds, in addition to the names we are all familiar with.

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    Posted December 5, 2008

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