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Snapshot Poetics
     

Snapshot Poetics

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by Allen Ginsberg
 
Allen Ginsberg and Gregory cursor posing naked in tangier timothy leery and Neal Cassidy en route to Millbrook Psychedelic Research Center on Ken Kesey's merry prankster bus Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs in Ginsbergs New York apartment Lawrence Ferlinghetti and his dog Whitman in San Francisco's city lights bookstore these are just a few of the bizarre snapshots

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Allen Ginsberg and Gregory cursor posing naked in tangier timothy leery and Neal Cassidy en route to Millbrook Psychedelic Research Center on Ken Kesey's merry prankster bus Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs in Ginsbergs New York apartment Lawrence Ferlinghetti and his dog Whitman in San Francisco's city lights bookstore these are just a few of the bizarre snapshots of enduring beat era personalities appearing in this remarkable collection by one of the beat movements most celebrated founders poet alien Ginsberg spanning more than three decades from 1953 to 1988 Snapshot Poetics contains candid photographs of legendary beat writers and artists as well as their disciples including Norman Mailer, Lou Reed, Richard Overdone, Kathy Acker, Willem de Kooning, Anne Waldman, and Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtuchenko all accompanied by gins bergs quirky handwritten captions a veritable whos who of the beat era and the ongoing literary scene it engendered gins bergs classic images re-create the movement in all its glory

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Booknews
A glorious collection of some 70 remarkable photographs of Beat writers and personalities taken by Ginsberg between 1953 and 1991 in venues from San Francisco to New York to Tangier. Originally published in Germany and re-edited for the present edition. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780811803724
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
10/28/1993
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
8.71(w) x 9.56(h) x 0.33(d)

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Snapshot Poetics 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is interesting to see all the old men with their 'boys' in the photographs from the 1980s. Seems that the beats' endless search for kicks and highs always ended up with the ego-centered desire to prove that they could get laid. Yes, we know that the beats got laid, although their writing about sex always was at about a 9th grade level. What is weird to a mature eye is that they never got over their childish obsessions with young flesh. And the boys, some cute, most just young, live out their lives as footnotes to the stars. In the age of AIDS, most of the beats would have died before becoming famous at all. Something for young new 'beats' to think about now--before they too become just dead footnotes. Ginsberg showed love in the early pictures--later, just cold views of the famous and their young sex objects--over and over and over. The beats used people; many in the photographs killed themselves or were pushed out of history. Ginsberg gives us a snapshot of how the myth was created.