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Death and Fame Last Poems, 1993-1997

ISBN-10: 0060930837

ISBN-13: 9780060930837

Edition: N/A

Authors: Allen Ginsberg

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List price: $15.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 2/2/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

Irwin Allen Ginsberg was born in Newark, New Jersey, the son of poet and teacher Louis Ginsberg. In 1948, he received a B.A. degree from Columbia University. Ginsberg began writing poetry while still in school and first gained wide public recognition in 1956 with the long poem Howl. Howl has had a stormy history. When it was first recited at poetry readings, audiences cheered wildly. It was published by Lawrence Ferlinghetti's City Lights Books and printed in England. Before the printed copies could be distributed, however they were seized by U.S. custom officials as obscene. After a famous court case in which the poem was found not to be obscene, the work sold rapidly and Ginsberg's reputation was assured. Regarded as the foremost port of the Beat generation (as group of rebellious writers who opposed conformity and sough intensity of experience), Ginsberg's work is concerned with many subjects of contemporary interest, including drugs, sexual confusion, the voluntary poverty of the artist and rebel, and rejection of society. He is a poet with a significant message, and his criticism of American society is part of a long tradition of American writers who have questioned their country's values. Ginsberg received numerous honors, including a Woodbury Poetry Prize, a National Institute of Arts and Letters Award, and a National Book Award for poetry. Ginsberg was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1995 for his book Cosmopolitan Greetings: Poems 1986-1992. Ever the Bohemian, he had numerous occupations throughout his lifetime including dishwasher, porter, book reviewer, and spot welder. He died in April 1997 of complications due to liver cancer.

Acknowledgments
Foreword
New Democracy Wish List
Peace in Bosnia-Herzegovina
After the Party
After Olav H. Hauge
These knowing age
C'mon Pigs of Western Civilization Eat More Grease
Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush
Tuesday Morn
God
Ah War
Excrement
New Stanzas for Amazing Grace
City Lights City
Newt Gingrich Declares War on "McGovernik Counterculture"
Pastel Sentences (Selections)
Nazi Capish
Is About
The Ballad of the Skeletons
"You know what I'm saying?"
Bowel Song
Popular Tunes
Five A.M.
Power
Anger
Multiple Identity Questionnaire
Don't Get Angry with Me
Swan Songs in the Present
Gone Gone Gone
Reverse the rain of Terror
Sending Message
No! No! It's Not the End
Bad Poem
Homeless Compleynt
Happy New Year Robert and June
Diamond Bells
Virtual Impunity Blues
Waribashi
Good Luck
Some Little Boys Dont
Jacking Off
Think Tank Rhymes
Song of the Washing Machine
World Bank Blues
Richard III
Death and Fame
Sexual Abuse
Butterfly Mind
A fellow named Steven
Half Asleep
Objective Subject
Kerouac
Hepatitis, Body Itch
Whitmanic Poem
American Sentences 1995-1997
Variations on Ma Rainey's See See Rider
Sky Words
Scatalogical Observations
My Team Is Red Hot
Starry Rhymes
Thirty State Bummers
"I have a nosebleed ..."
"Timmy made a hot milk"
"This kind of Hepatitis can cause ya"
"Giddy-yup giddy-yup giddy-yap"
"Turn on the heat and take a seat"
Bop Sh'bam
Dream
Things I'll Not Do (Nostalgias)
Afterword
Notes
Index of Titles and First Lines