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Poppin' Johnny: New American Poems by George Wallace is a stunning collection by a poet whose work recalls the conversational diction of the Beatniks, but with an absolutely contemporary flavor. Known worldwide due to his broad-based internet following (for years, Wallace posted his poems online daily), Wallace has selected more than 70 poems for this collection, presenting a panorama of modern-day Americana, a kind of post-modern poetic "On the Road" that feels like music and offers a surreal trip into what's left of the American heartland. His honesty is as refreshing as his incredible fresh and wholly-original technique. As original Beatnik musician David Amram notes, "Jack Kerouac would have loved him."
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Poppin' Johnny, New American poems by George Wallace heeds Ferlinghetti's call in Populist Manifesto for poets to come down from the mountains and abandon their chateaus and cabins. Mr. Wallace presents contemporary slices of America, the common and the uncommon, from being at home to being on the road with a vision and voice that echoes the American tradition of Whitman, Williams, O'Hara and the Beats. This book is a must read for poets and lovers of poetry.