Poems for the Nation: A Collection of Contemporary Political Poems
With Andy Clausen and Eliot Katz
Throughout the last year and a half of his life, Allen Ginsberg phoned many of his poet friends to ask if they had any social verses opposing America's rightwing drift or otherwise speaking their current political minds. This volume presents the perceptive and visionary poems that Ginsberg collected (with selections based on his notes), and also includes writings from contributors to "Planet News," an historic tribute to Allen Ginsberg that was held at New York City's St. John the Divine Cathedral in May 1998.
Featuring the voices of: Antler, Amiri Baraka, Barbara Barg, Eugene Brooks, William Burroughs, Andy Clausen, Wanda Coleman, Jack Collom, David Cope, Jayne Cortez, Diane di Prima, Eric Drooker, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Cliff Fyman, Allen Ginsberg, Aime Grunberger, Eliot Katz, Tuli Kupferberg, Sharon Mesmer, Daniel Moore, Eileen Myles, Carl Rakosi, Bob Rosenthal, Nanao Sakaki, Edward Sanders, Janine Pommy Vega, Anne Waldman, and Peter Lamborn Wilson.
About Allen Ginsberg
ALLEN GINSBERG (1926–1997) overcame censorship with his signal poem Howl, now one of the most widely read poems of the century. Crowned Prague May King in 1965, then expelled by Czech police and simultaneously placed on the FBI's Dangerous Security List, Ginsberg traveled to and taught in the People's Republic of China, the Soviet Union, Scandinavia, and Eastern Europe, where he received Yugoslavia's Struga Poetry Festival "Golden Wreath" 1986. He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and co-founder of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute, the first accredited Buddhist college in the Western world. Now Distinguished Professor at Brooklyn College. He was winner of the Harriet Monroe Poetry Award given by the University of Chicago in 1991 and in 1993 received France's "Chevalier de l'Ordre des Artes et des Lettres." January 20 1994 Carnegie Hall premiere Kronos Quartet poetry music performance of Howl. He died of liver cancer, April 5, 1997, in his home in New York City. Spontaneous Mind: Selected Interviews 1958-1996, ed. by David Carter, HarperCollins, 2001;Poems for the Nation: A Collection of Contemporary Poems,ed. Allen Ginsberg, Open Media Pamphlet Series, Seven Stories Press, 2000; Deliberate Prose: Selected Essays 1952-1995, ed. by Bill Morgan, HarperCollins, 1995,Illuminated Poems illustrated by Eric Drooker,1996, Four Walls Eight Windows; Selected Poems 1947-1995, HarperCollins; Journals Mid-Fifties 1954-1958,HarperCollins, edited by Gordon Ball, 1995; Howl Annotated, Harper Perrenial, 1995; Cosmopolitan Greetings: Poems 1986-1992 HarperCollins, 1994; White Shroud Poems 1980-1985, Harper & Row, 1985; Collected Poems 1947-1980, Harper & Row, 1984. Holy Soul Jelly Roll: Poems and Songs 1949-1999 four CD box set (Rhino) 1994; Photography Books: Snapshot Poetics, Chronicle Books, 1993;Allen Ginsberg Photography, Twelve Trees Press, 1991.