Selected Poems, 1958-1984

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David R. Godine Publisher, 1986 - 317 pages
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Poetry. With a Foreword by Allen Ginsberg. Editor Raymond Foye's essential selection from a quarter century of Wieners' extraordinary inspired work includes The Hotel Wentley Poems (1958), Ace of Pentacles (1964), Pressed Wafer (1967), Asylum Poems (1969), Nerves (1970) and large portions of later books. Plus revealing, brilliant interviews done with Robert Von Halberg and Charles Shively.
 

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Table des matières

FOREWORD by Allen Ginsberg
15
A poem for record players
27
A poem for early risers
34
A poem for the insane
42
Long Nook
49
Wrapped Up in an Indian Blanket
55
For Marion
61
I walk under the distant stars
67
Inoperable
161
BEHIND THE STATE CAPITOL OR CINCINNATI PIKE 1975
167
To Sink Love
173
Maria Gouverneur
179
To the Bad Debts in the United States Depts of
186
After Dinner on Pinckney Street
191
Tashi
197
A Poem for the Dead I Know
205

A Series
68
Contradicting Picasso
74
AUTUMN IN NEW YORK
80
This Love That Moves the World the Sun and Stars
86
The Suicide
92
The Dark Brew
105
Sustenance
108
StopWatch
114
After Symonds Venice
120
With Meaning
126
The Suck
132
Insulted
138
Naked
144
Paul II
149
Apparition
155
What Are You Saying
211
Solitary Pleasure
217
Alcohol doesnt ease the pain
223
Adrift a Month
230
Honesty
233
I cant put my head on the pillow
239
Klugwerth
245
How Perfect How Quintessential
251
Dormant Lamont
257
Luchow ChocauLait
263
je oubli
266
September Eleventh
279
INDEX OF TITLES AND FIRST LINES
309
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À propos de l'auteur (1986)

John Wieners graduated from Boston College with an A.B. in English, in 1954. He spent 1955-1956 at Charles Olson's experimental Black Mountain College in North Carolina, studying writing with Robert Creeley and Robert Duncan. Wieners then journeyed to San Francisco where he published his first book, "Hotel Wentley Poems" in 1958, at the age of twenty-four. Wieners returned to Boston in 1959 to be institutionalized, in part because of drug abuse. In 1961 he moved to New York City with the help of a grant from Allen Ginsberg's Poetry Foundation. He worked as an assistant bookkeeper at the Eighth Street Bookshop for a year in '63. Wieners went back to Boston in 1963 and worked as a subscriptions editor for Jordan Marsh department stores until 1965. Olson, a long time friend, invited Wieners to enroll in the graduate program at S.U.N.Y. Buffalo, which is where he stayed until 1967. In the spring of 1969 Wieners was again institutionalized, resulting in "The Asylum Poems (For my Father)," published later that year. In the early 1970s, despite brief periods of institutionalization, Wieners taught a course entitled "Verse in the U.S. Since 1955" at the Beacon Hill Free School in Boston. He was also involved in the antiwar movement, crusaded against racism, and campaigned for the rights of women and homosexuals. In 1975 Wieners published "Behind the State Capital, or Cincinnati Pike," a book of letters, memoirs, and brief lyric poems. In 1986 he produced a retrospective collection, "Selected Poems, 1958-1984" with a forward written by Allen Ginsberg. In 1996 he appeared with Ed Sanders at Stone Soup in Boston for what would have been Jack Kerouac's 76th birthday celebration. Also in 1996, The Sun and Moon Press released an edited and previously unpublished diary and journal by Wieners documenting his life in San Francisco around the time of The Hotel Wentley Poems.

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.

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