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Poet Be Like God: Jack Spicer and the San Francisco Renaissance Hardcover – 28 Aug 1998

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  • Hardcover: 461 pages
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press (28 Aug. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0819553085
  • ISBN-13: 978-0819553089
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,559,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Any book this long and this thorough that is also this readable is a wonder to be praised. Poet, Be Like God makes the art and passion of Jack Spicer luminously legible. This is a grand biography; it is also a deeply searching delineation of an epoch, deploying living and vivid narratives of the San Francisco Renaissance. Here is the life every aspiring poet must know if she or he would risk self and soul in the mills of American art."-- Samuel R. Delany

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Jack Spicer, unlike his contemporaries Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and Gary Snyder, was a poet who disdained publishing and relished his role as a social outcast. He died in 1965 virtually unrecognized, yet in the following years his work and thought have attracted and intrigued an international audience. Now this comprehensive biography gives a pivotal poet his due. Based on interviews with scores of Spicer's contemporaries, Poet Be Like God details the most intimate aspects of Spicer's life - his family, his friends, his lover - illuminating not only the man but also many of his poems. The resultant narrative of the San Francisco Renaissance and the emergence of the North Beach gay scene during the 50s and 60s will be indispensable reading for students of American literature and gay studies.

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