The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry

The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry

by Alan Kaufman, S.A. Griffin
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The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry

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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ISBN-13: 9781560252276
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 10/28/1999
Pages: 736
Sales rank: 382,845
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 2.00(d)

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The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Aram_Rothschild More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
True poets telling it like it is in the real world. No Hollywood version.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!