Written as he reached the significant age of 65, this book shows Ginsberg's continuing characteristic experimentalism, candor, humor, and political commitment shot throught with a heightened sense of mortality and the transience of all things. The experimentalism is exemplified by the inclusion some of of Ginsberg's comic-art style drawings and musical scores for poems he wrote as song lyrics. Though the quality is uneven, and the poems less revolutionary and spectacular than in his earlier, better known work, this book is nevertheless worth more than a whole shelf of more typical books of contemporary American poetry -- and in addition to his other merits, Ginsberg's poetry is always actually fun to read, even when the themes are grim, and how many other poets nowadays can you say that about. Recommendation: anyone interested in Ginsberg or beat poetry will be glad to have this book. Readers who are new to Ginsberg might be better off starting with the earlier classics Howl and Other Poems (City Lights Pocket Poets, No. 4) and Kaddish and Other Poems: 50th Anniversary Edition (The Pocket Series).
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