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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group (21 Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560259345
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560259343
  • Product Dimensions: 25.5 x 19.3 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,924,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Oct. 2000
Format: Paperback
Illuminated Poems offers a marvelous cross-section of Ginsberg's work. All the classics are here as well as excellent but lesser known poems, together with some previously unpublished works. Drooker's fabulous illustrations are works of art in themselves and provide an invigorating compliment to the poems. The presentation is fresh and visually appealing. It's the best possible introduction to Ginsberg's work and will remind Ginsberg afficionados just why they fell in love in the first place. Definitely a book I want on my coffee table!
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As a big Allen Ginsberg and Eric Drooker fan this book was perfect, Drooker's striking moody illustrations bring the language of Ginsberg to life and the quality of the work is propelled into a new medium. Great value for money well worth having in your library if you're a fan of the Beat Generation and great collaborative art from two unique New Yorkers!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
When the Light Appears... 6 Feb. 2001
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In the tradition of William Blake, sumptuous paintings and drawings complement rather than describe the poems. Chosen by Drooker, the selections reflect the painter's political activism, but "Howl," "Sunflower Sutra," and "On Neal's Ashes" all are here, as are other lesser-known poems such as "When the Light Appears," which is featured on the Cornershop album When I Was Born for the 7th Time.
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The mind and the eyes will never work the same. 3 Jan. 1999
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Format: Hardcover
This book is not only a mind opener, but also an eye opener. The classic Allen Ginsberg poems are felt through another channel that is Drooker's eye catching drawings. Howl is one of my favorite poem and drawing combo where a depiction of a man injecting himself with a drug has fire rising from his back and long beast-like flesh and hair. If you like poetry and art this is one book that combinds both in matrimony.
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Wow! 22 Feb. 2000
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Format: Hardcover
This "illuminated" book of several of Ginsberg's provocative poems is great. I teach Ginsberg, often to undergraduates in college, and students often like a visual element in lecture. This is the text, to expand your understanding of both Ginsberg's world and our own.
Killer Kinetics in Audio-visual 21 Nov. 2007
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Format: Paperback
Adaptation is an art form often attempted but rarely perfected, mastered only through a certain mysterious symbiosis, a careful translation of creation to creation. More than a simple carbon-copy insta-fax, true adaptation is about instilling the tangible soul of a original into the humunculus of another medium. With the difficulty and unfathomable intimacy involved in such a process, it makes perfect sense to approach Illuminated Poems with a sense of foreboding, of tangible fear that somehow the rhythmic be-bopping beat poems of the great Ginsberg will somehow find themselves impossibly pacified, sterilized, and castrated. One look at the languid lyricism contained in both the words and images of this volume proves those reservations as gloriously unfounded. A sensuous synthesis dances from page to page as Eric Drooker and Allen Ginsberg trade messages across mediums, words swirling into pictures and back again, a heavenly tide of contemporary Blake that comprehends chaos in retrospect. The triumphs and consequences of free love, psychedelic drugs and bohemian lifedeath are laid bare in lyrics, their essences captured in captivating canvases of brilliant madness. And at the center of it all, 'Howl' uncut and complete, the single shouting synapse of a generation, screaming a semi-nostalgic SOS. A must-buy.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
For the true Allen Ginsberg fan... 17 Aug. 2001
By Pamela T. - Published on
Format: Paperback
If you are a real Ginsberg fan, you'll appreciate having this book in your collection, even if you you're not a big art lover. The art will inspire a new appreciation of the poems- and it's easier to carry than your "bible"(collected poems)! Poems inside: The Altering Eye Alters All, An Eastern Ballad, A Mad Gleam, In Death Cannot Reach What Is Most Near, Song, Lay Down Yr Mountain, Manhattan Thirties Flash, Morning, Howl, Footnote to Howl, New York Blues, Native New York, On Neal's Ashes, Punk Rock Your My Big Cry Baby, Get It?, Capital Air, Pentagon Exorcism, Love Forgiven, War Profit Litany, When The Light Appears, Tears, The Lion For Real, I'm A Prisoner of Allen Ginsberg, Fighting Phantoms Fighting Phantoms, This Form Of Life Needs Sex, Birdbrain!, American Again, New Stanzas For Amazing Grace, X-ray Manhattan, Jumping the Gun On the Sun, Rock Song, Gospel Noble Truths, The Ballad of the Skeletons, Father Death Blues, Confession Is Dream for the Soul, and my favorite, Sunflower Sutra.
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