Edward Dorn – Gunslinger

“… Reading this encouraged me to re-read Edward Dorn’s Gunslinger 1 &2, published together in 1970 when I got my copy and read aged 16. I’m not sure I’ve read it since, but loved revisiting and perhaps understanding much more this morning. At 16 I think I will have revelled in its surreal vision, as I perceived it then, and the comedy of the Horse Claude Levi Strauss that rolls joints with its hooves, the inquisitive narrator I, and the anti-hero Gunslinger/Slinger who is even cooler than another character Cool Everything who appears in Part 2. This modern epic poem is many things: it is a poetic quest in search of the meaning of life in the 60s, a capitalist life embodied by and thus the story’s physical search for Howard Hughes, and Dorn adorns [a pun he would have playfully used himself, not flinching at its naffness] this ontological, existential and surreal exploration with many layers of satire. The narrative is at its most poetic and philosophical in Part 2, beginning. …”
W – Ed Dorn
PennSound (Video)
Jacket2: Introduction to Edward Dorn
vimeo: [Reading by Ed Dorn] (1976) (part 1 of 2)

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