on 14 May 2007
Few poets stride the second half of the 20th century in the way that Ginsberg does... His voice can be heard in everything from Dylan's lyrics to Iain Banks' novels (no, really).
His long lines jumble upon one another, bringing forth image after image, all with an type of elequence and boldness and, last but not least, vivacity that hadn't been seen in poetry before.
The influences of Blake and Whitman on Ginsberg's work is well documented, and for sure, it's not difficult to spot, but AG's voice is distinctive and rewarding.
This volume contains all of AG's published verse plus about 80 pages of prose, mostly by AG, but also William Carlos Williams' introductions to Howl and Empty Mirror.
Make no bones about it, this is a big book, in all senses of the word. And it offers such a array of styles and voices, and, whatever effects Howl may have had at the time, there are scores of other poems of equal worth and candour.This is the 'beat' movement in extremis and not recommended for those who reject any poem that doesn't look like a nursery rhyme.
The book itself is beautifully presented, as befits a volume that will be read for a very long time to come.... A book that will 'settle for immortality "I walked on the banks of the tican banana dock and sat down under the shade of a huge Southern Pacific locotomotive to look at the sumset over the box house hills and cry" That's real and that's art...
Lovers of modern poetry need this book. Sorry, but you just gotta have it.... there's a lifetime's rewards in them pages....
on 6 June 2011
This book is very good quality, and very well published. it's very large and... well if you like Ginsberg, It's a must have.
If it is you introduction to Ginsberg, you might want to start with something smaller.
The only reason i do not give it top review is that in fact i do not find Ginsbergs work as great as he has been hyped to be. But this is my personal oppinion.