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The Whole Shot: Interviews with Beat poet Gregory Corso

A collection of rare and out-of-print interviews with Gregory Corso, one of the founders of the Beat movement in American literatureArlington, MA, February 11, 2015 -- After five years of research and editing, Rick Schober, publisher at Tough Poets Press (Arlington, MA), has announced the completion of The Whole Shot: Collected Interviews with Gregory Corso.The … [Read more...]

Two Poems by Alessandra Bava

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APRES NOUS, LE CHAOS(to Lawrence Ferlinghetti)In the bookstore the voice slowly uncurls some pages of life, revealing Allen's loss:"There is a HUGE HOLE in the sky" -That same voice is painting vividly that very hole to the marrow. The poet never dies, nor does his voice.Wasn't it … [Read more...]

Review – The Beats: A Very Short Introduction by David Sterritt

The Beats: A Short Introduction by David Sterritt

The Beats: A Very Short Introduction by David Sterritt / Oxford University Press / 978-0-19-979677-9 / 126 pagesDavid Sterritt's work might be familiar to Beat or film aficionados through his previous books, which include Mad to be Saved: The Beats, the '50s, and Film, and Screening the Beats: Media Culture and the Beat Sensibility among others.In The Beats: A Very … [Read more...]

On Being Corso’s Lover

On Being Corso's Lover by Jacqueline Kirkpatrick

In the Cadillac of my imagination unraveling in Corso's kitchen we eat verses of Homer for lunch.He becomes my Odysseus.My fingers are burnt and veins tapped. Our highs grow weary as we strum down fateful guitars.Black curls on blond curls while I imagine Degas would paint us both ballerinas. His strong calves curl raw around my dirty sheets, as I mount his … [Read more...]

4 terrific Gregory Corso videos

from the video "Gregory Corso Walks & Talks in Rome, " Dario Bellini / YouTube

In honor of Gregory Corso's birthday (he was born March 26, 1930), we've collected some videos of him. Check 'em out.1. & 2. Gregory Corso Walks and Talks in Roma, 1989 "Two weeks with Gregory during one of his long stays in Roma, with Michael Sullivan, Francis Kuipers, Adriano Gangi, Mimmo Cioffarelli, Dario Bellini and friends. *Transcription of all talks from two hours … [Read more...]

Beat Generation Photos by Rob Lee

Photos by Rob Lee

Lawrence FerlinghettiMarch 11, 1987 Taken in his office above City Lights Bookstore (shaped like an arrowhead bisecting Columbus Avenue and Jack Kerouac Alley), Ferlinghetti spends more time in his painting studio at this point in his life. A quiet, observant presence, "fighting the good fight." Gregory CorsoSeptember 25, 1988 Gregory was on a tear, for reasons … [Read more...]

Gregory Corso

Gregory Corso - Mindfield

Gregory Corso passed away on January 19, 2001 at the age of 70, after a long illness. Corso was one of the major figures of the Beat Generation. He was a poet, painter, traveler, and occasional lecturer. His vibrant, vital, authentic poetry celebrates the mystery of life and death through everyday detail and mystic visions.Though he never gained the truly widespread fame … [Read more...]

Review – Who was Sinclair Beiles?

Who Was Sinclair Beiles?

Who was Sinclair Beiles? / Gary Cummiskey & Eva Kowalska, editors / Dye Hard Press / 2009 / 978-0-620-42792-0Before I opened Dye Hard Press' new volume, its title, Who was Sinclair Beiles? was a question I certainly didn't know the answer to. His is a name I've occasionally come across, as a poet who, as a resident of Paris' famous "Beat Hotel," created cut-ups with William … [Read more...]