Category Archives: Poetry

Mexico City Blues (242 Choruses) – Jack Kerouac (1959)

“Mexico City Blues is a poem published by Jack Kerouac in 1959 composed of 242 ‘choruses’ or stanzas. Written between 1954 and 1957, the poem is the product of Kerouac’s spontaneous prose, his Buddhism, and his disappointment at his failure … Continue reading

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Trobar, a magazine of the New American Poetry

Trobar, a magazine of the New American Poetry 1 (1960). “Trobar magazine was published in Brooklyn in only five issues from 1960 to 1964, but it was tremendously influential in spreading knowledge about deep image poetry. Deep image poetry, according … Continue reading

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Poetry and Vietnam

“Poetry that documents the attitudes toward the Vietnam War–as well as the origins, development, and conduct of the war–is both pervasive and significant. Although only a few poems by French writers reflect that country’s involvement, the Vietnamese tradition of poetic … Continue reading

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The Complete Poems, 1927-1979 – Elizabeth Bishop

“In the spring of 1970, Robert Lowell accepted a position at the University of Essex, in England, leaving a vacancy at Harvard, where he’d been teaching poetry for one semester each year since the fall of 1963. He wrote to … Continue reading

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The Last Poets (1970)

“You can trace the birth of hip-hop to the summer of 1973 when Kool Herc DJ’d the first extended breakbeat, much to the thrill of the dancers at a South Bronx block party. You can trace its conception, however, to … Continue reading

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Jonas Mekas (1922– 2019)

“Jonas Mekas (Lithuanian: [ˈjonɐs ˈmækɐs]; born December 24, 1922– January 23, 2019) is a Lithuanian–American filmmaker, poet and artist who has often been called ‘the godfather of American avant-garde cinema.’ His work has been exhibited in museums and festivals worldwide. … … Continue reading

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Floating Lotus Magic Opera Company

“The Floating Lotus Magic Opera Company was a poetic sacred folk theater group created, written and directed by poet Daniel Moore. The opera company was based in North Berkeley, California, from around 1966 to sometime in 1969, and for three … Continue reading

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