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Book Title: Mindfield: New and Selected Poems|
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The author of the book: Gregory Corso
Edition: Carroll & Graf
Date of issue: December 30th 1998
ISBN 13: 9781560252016
Format files: PDF
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Brilliant in some places, usually the early stuff, lame and unfocused in (most) others.
Corso was a talented poet but he got too carried away with being a wild child (and among the Beats as a whole, that's quite an accomplishment) and neglected to develop his craft.
Don't get me wrong- I'm a fan of "the derangement of the senses" and all that, but it depends greatly on just who we're really talking about. Some creative people need to cut loose to make their work come alive, others actually need to pare their bombastic inclinations down a bit so as to get the maximum power out of their material.
Ginsberg was ten times the poet Corso was, though kindly Allen (who'd actually discovered Corso the raffish street kid who'd basically grown up in jail in a lesbian bar in NYC back in the day) would have probably argued otherwise.
Come to think of it, Corso's life story would actually be very well-suited to a novel or a biopic. It's a shame that we get so little of it in his poetry, actually...
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Read information about the authorGregory Nunzio Corso was an American poet, youngest of the inner circle of Beat Generation writers (with Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William Burroughs).
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