Elegiac Feelings American Gregory Corso s collection of poems the first in eight years contains works of major proportions The title poem is a tribute to Jack Kerouac fusing a memorial to the poet s dead friend with a bitte

  • Title: Elegiac Feelings American
  • Author: Gregory Corso
  • ISBN: 9780811200264
  • Page: 287
  • Format: Paperback
  • Gregory Corso s collection of poems, the first in eight years, contains works of major proportions The title poem is a tribute to Jack Kerouac, fusing a memorial to the poet s dead friend with a bitter lament for the present state of America Reproduced in facsimile from Corso s handwritten sheets, his marginal decorations, drawings and glyphs are included The balance ofGregory Corso s collection of poems, the first in eight years, contains works of major proportions The title poem is a tribute to Jack Kerouac, fusing a memorial to the poet s dead friend with a bitter lament for the present state of America Reproduced in facsimile from Corso s handwritten sheets, his marginal decorations, drawings and glyphs are included The balance of the book is drawn from his shorter poems.

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    1. Ode to Surra"I pledged myself to misery you made beauty your seal Your song was the harmony of my song!Let us not compel hypocrisyWe so capable of great explosions!I the dynamite You the igniter-No monster waltzes alone. And if that doesn't get ya-you can do this with the cover! The inside is pretty good too! Give it a whirl!

    2. It was very hard to rate this one. On the one hand, I wanted to 'punish' Corso by only giving a rating of three stars due to all the deliberately obscure, esoteric and sometimes pretentious style, employing a vocabulary that would even be challenging for English literature doctorate students. I am aware that Corso read through the whole Oxford English Dictionary while in prison, waiting for someone to pay the $50 to bail him out, but that gives him no excuse to show off his exceptional and exemp [...]

    3. I thought at first he was just doing the bullshit a lotta the beats do where they just seem to kinda ape after Walt Whitman, but he's got like a huge amount of range by the time he gets to the end, and there's some really excellent moments of intensity in there.By the time I got to the part in the middle where they published this series of handwritten drafts with all these crazy doodles was what sold me. It was still in this Whitmanny style with grand images, but the whole thing juxtaposed with [...]

    4. This is my first time reading Corso. Although I have never been a dedicated admirer of poetry as a literary style -- in this case -- I was inspired. And I hope this work will influence my own writing. The impressions conveyed by these poems are visual-visceral; sometimes raw, but rarely disgusting à la W. S. Burroughs. Corso's compound-word-creations and word-play-deconstructions provide great embellishment to his unique style. At first, Corso's stream of consciousness reminded me of Kerouac, b [...]

    5. This was the third Corso book I've read. The impression I've gotten is that the older Corso got, the more willing he was to sacrifice clarity and intelligibility for rambling freedom and experimentation. His more straightforward poems offer beautiful observations and expressions, but the obscure poems are just frustrating.This collection has three parts. The first has longer poems, including the title work, which is an elegy to Jack Kerouac, but which at times digresses mightily from the subject [...]

    6. I admire accessible poetry, and the language in Corso's collection was certainly accessible, but the style left something to be desired for me. I always think that the beauty of poetry is in the economy of the form: how much can be conveyed in a single stanza, a single word. This poetry took advantage of the flexibility of beat poetry not to convey the complex in a simple way, but to ramble at length, unfettered by conventions of punctuation, paragraph breaks and narrative structure. Bottom line [...]

    7. "Elegiac Feelings American" is Gregory Corso's poetic farewell to Jack Kerouac ("so like Clark Gable your hands"), there's a poem about the Kennedy Assassination, the overall tone of the collection is one of mourning ( "they are Frankensteining Christ in America"), the death of Errol Flynn, the death of the Fifties, a poem about marijuana ("pot is the needle in God's haystack"), and more political commentary ("great yawn of youth"), and more death ("Body Fished from the Seine"). Corso was goth b [...]

    8. Due to the fact that I was completely obsessed with Jack Kerouac the failure, mess and genius angel, Elegiac Feelings American was always a sympathetic home for both my love and frustration. When the parts of my brain and heart that are dedicated to the "Memory Babe" come active, Corso's elegy is always there as a gateway to understanding. Corso is a poet -- visual, visceral, unusual and banal. He is vision and action -- nothing 'meta'-- an artist.

    9. i found this at the bottom of a box of used\unwanted books at a local laundromat. It was the diamond.(and very timely: title poem is a Kerouac tribute. Kerouac, the "embodiment of all humanity, young and free": "And what has happened to our dream of beauteous America, Jack? a dream nightmared; a youth armiede clamorous sadly desperate planet now one voice less")

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