Long Live Man (Paperback)

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A book of poems by a renowned member of the Beat Generation's inner circle.

Long live Man! sings the poet Gregory Corso—despite atom bombs and computers, cold wars that get hot and togetherness that isn’t, too many cars and too little love…and in these poems he celebrates the wonders (and the laughs and griefs) of being a man alive. Whether he is musing on antic glories amid the ruins of the Acropolis or watching a New York child invent games on the city’s sidewalks, Corso is there in it, putting us into it, with the magic of vision, with the senses—awakening images, that transmute reality into something more—insights that let us share his joy and echo his shout of Long live Man!

About the Author

Gregory Corso (1930-2001) was abandoned by his mother a month after his birth at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York. Growing up in foster care and on the streets of Little Italy, Corso was a juvenile delinquent who spent time in Clinton Correctional Facility, in the cell recently vacated by gangster "Lucky" Luciano. An aspiring poet, Corso was taken under the wing of Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, and became the youngest member of the Beat Generation's inner circle, with whom he lived and work in the Beat Hotel, a lodging house in Paris, during the late fifties. There he created one of his signature works, "Bomb", a poem composed of typewritten strips of paper arranged in the shape of a mushroom cloud. Late in life, Corso became reunited with his mother and maintained a close relationship with her until his death.

Praise For…

In terms of language Corso always seems to me the most interesting of the Beats...extracting all the power from standard syntax and rhetoric, maintaining the Beat anti-academicism...Put this together with the experimentalism and relevance of the Beat outlook, and you have poetry that not only shares our experience but creates it.
— Hayden Carruth

Gregory Corso's an aphoristic poet, and a poet of ideas. What modern poets write with such terse clarity that their verses stick in the mind without effort?
— Allen Ginsberg

Product Details
ISBN: 9780811200257
ISBN-10: 0811200256
Publisher: New Directions
Publication Date:
Pages: 100
Language: English