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Charles Shively, Pioneer Activist and Author

A lifelong poet—he first published poems in high school—Shively wrote at least one poem a day. His Nuestra Señora de los Dolores: The San Francisco Experience was published in 1975.

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The Child Is the Father of the Poet

The leafy photo of a tender, teenage Ashbery picking cherries in the family orchards was taken by his father Chet, an accomplished photographer as well as a farmer. Its use as the entire cover, with a superimposed “postcard home” bearing the title, is a choice of genius, presumably by jacket designer Sarahmay Wilkinson. The photo has meaningful links to every chapter of the book.

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Romantic Poets

The Shelley-Byron Men, which originated as a talk, is half text, half appendices containing excerpts from works by various writers.

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Oh, What a Beautiful Morning

Tulsa is one of the gayest cities going; it’s just that its queer citizenry relies on the old dodges of the closet to get around the homophobia that televangelism seems to unleash.

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Robert Friend: A Life in Poetry

WHEN I read the poems of Robert Friend, I always sense the relationship to my own poetry. It is true that W. H. Auden and Constantine Cavafy were major influences on me almost from the beginning, but …

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‘The Closet’ Made Me Do It

CLOSET SONNETS is structured in one of those postmodern ways that remains intriguing. The text is supposedly the life work of G. S. Crown, a thoughtful if somewhat conventional scholar, professor, husband, and father.

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Camp Art in the Age of Modernism

Florine Stettheimer is remarkable as a woman and artist because, although a privileged white intellectual, she knew that she had both the freedom and responsibility to represent what she saw as the truth.

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Heart of the Beat Generation

The Best Minds of My Generation is a compendium of lectures Ginsberg delivered at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado.

The interviews in First Thought: Conversations with Allen Ginsberg have never been included in previous collections, which makes this an especially important anthology.

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The Secret Lives of Poets

  anybody by Ari Banias W.W. Norton. 112 pages, $25.95   Primer by Aaron Smith University of Pittsburgh Press 104 pages, $15.95       EVERY SO OFTEN, a poet appears who seems to have sprung fully armed from the head of Zeus. Two such poets are Ari Banias with his first book of poetry, […]

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The Birth of Fantasy

FOR THOSE OF US who grew up reading Samuel Delany’s science fiction novels or who benefited from his exceptionally detailed books on the craft of writing, there are so many mouthwatering bits in this volume, his first twelve years of journals, that it’s hard to know where to jump in.

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