Table of contents for Beat poets / selected and edited by Carmela Ciuraru.


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Foreword   ................ ..       .  I 
RAT BREMSER (1934-98)
From Poems of Madness ("City Madness") .. .. 17
GREGORY CORSO (1930-2001)
Hello .....   ........            ..   19
From Ode to Coit Tower  .. .. ...      20
From Transformation & Escape ....... 23
I Am  25  .. . . ....  . .. . . .. ....  25
Poets Hitchhiking on the Highway ........  26
Away One Year .................        28
After Reading "In the Clearing"  ......  so
Writ on the Eve of My 32nd Birthday ...... 32
Second Night in N.Y.C. After 3 Years ....  34
ELISE COWEN (1933-62)
"Trust yourself-but not too far" ........  35
ROBERT CREELET (1926-)
Chasing the Bird ................      36
The Dishonest Mailmen .........7....
I Know a Man  ............ ....        38
The End .. .... ..... ..       .  . . .
The Hill ......................        40



The Rain . ................ .. .         41
For Love .............. ........         4S
DIANE di PRIMA (1934- )
Revolutionary Letter #1 .. .. ...... .. .46
Poem in Praise of My Husband (Taos) ......  47
The Quarrel .......... .. ......     .   49
April Fool Birthday Poem for Grandpa  ....  51
Poetics  ..........................  .   55
LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI (1919- )
#9 ("Truth is not the secret of a few") ......  54
#13 ("It was a face which darkness could kill")  56
#22 ("crazy to be alive in such a strange
world") ....................         57
#39 ("A blockage in the bowel")  ........  59
ALLEN GINSBERG (1926-97)
From Howl .................... 60
"Back on Times Square, Dreaming of Times
Square" .................... 71
My Alba ......................           7
Song ..................       .... . .   75
Malest Cornifici Tuo Catullo  ..........  78
Tears .................. ......          79
From Kaddish  ..........                 80
A Supermarket in California  .........   84



Sunflower Sutra .............. ..        86
From America  .................          90
BARBARA GUEST (1923-)
Parachutes, My Love, Could Carry Us Higher  93
Sunday Evening .. ..                     94
LEROI JONES (Amiri Baraka) (1934- )
Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note ....  95
Sex, like desire ..............     ..   96
War Poem   .................... 97
Political Poem  .................        98
LENORE KANDEL (1932- )
Enlightenment Poem  .............. 100
Blues for Sister Sally  ..  ...... ..   101
Junk/Angel ............ .. .... . 104
BOB KAUFMAN (1925-86)
Benediction ...................         105
West Coast Sounds-1956 ............ 106
Fragment. ................ .... 107
Ginsberg (for Allen) ................ 109
Abomunist Manifesto  .............. 111
JACK KEROUAC (1922-69)
Mexican Loneliness ..............     113



How to Meditate........   . .... . .. 115
A Sudden Sketch Poem .. . ... .... .. 116
Hymn......    ..  .. .. ..  .. .. .. .. ..  118
From Mexico City Blues.. ...... .. ..   120
TULI KUPFERBERG (1923-)
"I dreamed of a bum seven foot tall" ...... 127
"My muse goosed me" .........      ... 128
JOANNE KTGER (1934-)
"It is lonely" ...  . . ......  . .    129
"My father died this spring"  . ...... .. 130
May 29  ....  ..........    .. .. ..    132
"It's a great day". .......  ..    .    133
PHILIP LAMAN7TI (1927-)
From Hypodermic Light.. .. ...... .. ..134
High  ...........                       136
"Man is in pain" ...... ... . ....... .  137
DENISE LEVERTOV (1923-97)
The Gypsy's Window  ............ .. 138
The  Flight  .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ....  139
The Marriage  ........ .. .. .. .. 140
The Marriage (II)  ........ ..  . .. .141
Poem from Manhattan ............ .. 142



JOANNA McCLURE (1930- )
A Vacancy   .......... ......      .... *  145
MICHAEL McCLURE (1932-)
The Flowers of Politics (I) .. .... .. .. .. 146
The Flowers of Politics (II).  ........... 148
Mad Sonnet 1s  .. .........      . .....  150
DAVID MELTZER (1937- )
From the Untitled Epic Poem  .. ........ 151
6th Raga: For Bob Alexander .. .... .. .. 15
15th Raga: For Bela Lugosi.... .... .. .. 154
HAROLD NORSE (1916-)
Picasso Visits Braque  .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 155
I Would Not Recommend Love ....  .. .. .. 157
"I Have Always Liked George Gershwin More
than Ernest Hemingway" .........      158
I Have Seen the Light and It Is My Mind .... 159
Hotel Nirvana  .. ..     .. ..             160
FRANK O'HARA (1926-66)
Personal Poem  ........ ..                165
Autobiographia Literaria  ............ 167
Today .................. ..... 168
My Heart    .................. .. 169
Avenue A .. .           .. .. .. .   . .170



Now That I Am in Madrid and Can Think   .. 171
Having a Coke With You  ........ .. .172
PETER ORLOVSKT (1983-)
Peter's Jealous of Allen ...... .... ..    174
"Writing poems is a Saintly thing" .. ..... 177
Some One Liked Me When I Was Twelve .... 179
Collaboration: Letter to Charlie Chaplin  .... 180
MARIE PONSOT (1921- )
Take My Disproportionate Desire ......... 183
Matins & Lauds ..................          184
Communion of Saints: The Poor Bastard Under
the Bridge .................. 185
Easter Saturday, NY, NY  ............ 186
Rockefeller the Center .............. 187
GART SNTDER (1930-)
Migration of Birds ................ 188
A Sinecure for P. Whalen  ............ 189
Under the Skin of It.. .. ............ 190
August on Sourdough, a Visit from Dick
Brewer .................. .. 191
ANNE WALDMAN (1945-)
How the Sestina (Yawn) Works   .......... 192
Revolution  .................... 194



Diaries  ............... .   ...      :  .. 196
The Blue That Reminds Me of the Boat When
She Left................ .... 197
LEW WELCH (1926-72)
"Whenever I make a new poem"  ........ 198
"I know a man's supposed to have his hair
S cut short"  ......    ..   ......      199
PHILIP WHALEN (1923-)
For C.   .................... .. 200
20:vii:58, On Which I Renounce the Notion of
Social Responsibility  ........       202
Prose Take-Out, Portland, 13:ix:58 .. .. .. .. 204
Something Nice About Myself .. .. .. .. .206
True Confessions  .. .... ........ .. 206
JOHN WIENERS (1934-)
A Poem for Tea Heads .... .... .. .... 207
From A Poem for Painters .... .... .... 208
A Poem for the Insane ...... .... ..    . 210
LETTERS, ENCOUNTERS, & STATEMENTS
ON POETICS
Donald Allen (1912- ) .... .... ....    . 215
William Burroughs (1914-97) .......... 217
Gregory Corso  ......... .. .... ..       219



Lawrence Ferlinghetti  ..   ......      .. ..  221
Allen Ginsberg  .........            ..     .  222
Jack Kerouac .. ..            ..              224
Frank O'Hara    .. .. .. .. ..... .231
Peter Orlovsky  .. .. .. .. .. ..               35








Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Beat generation Poetry, American poetry 20th century