Collected Poems of Philip Lamantia

Collected Poems of Philip Lamantia

Garrett Caples
Andrew Joron
Nancy Joyce Peters
With a Foreword by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Copyright Date: 2013
Edition: 1
Pages: 512
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    Collected Poems of Philip Lamantia
    Book Description:

    The Collected Poems of Philip Lamantia represents the lifework of the most visionary poet of the American postwar generation. Philip Lamantia (1927-2005) played a major role in shaping the poetics of both the Beat and the Surrealist movements in the United States. First mentored by the San Francisco poet Kenneth Rexroth, the teenage Lamantia also came to the attention of the French Surrealist leader André Breton, who, after reading Lamantia's youthful work, hailed him as a "voice that rises once in a hundred years." Later, Lamantia went "on the road" with Jack Kerouac and shared the stage with Allen Ginsberg at the famous Six Gallery reading in San Francisco, where Ginsburg first read "Howl." Throughout his life, Lamantia sought to extend and renew the visionary tradition of Romanticism in a distinctly American vernacular, drawing on mystical lore and drug experience in the process. The Collected Poems gathers not only his published work but also an extensive selection of unpublished or uncollected work; the editors have also provided a biographical introduction.

    eISBN: 978-0-520-95489-2
    Subjects: Language & Literature

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-xviii)
  3. Foreword
    (pp. xix-xx)
    Lawrence Ferlinghetti

    I first saw the young Philip Lamantia sometime in about 1954 at one of Kenneth Rexroth’s Friday night soirées in his big old flat above Jack’s Record Cellar at 250 Scott Street in the old Fillmore district when it was still largely a black ghetto. Local and itinerant poets and other flickering literary lights would show up, usually loaded in more ways than one but mainly with the latest poetry. Rexroth, with his book review program on KPFA radio, was the reigning avant-garde arbiter of all things radically poetic. He was an anarchist and libertarian in those days when libertarians...

  4. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xxi-xxii)
  5. High Poet: The Life and Work of Philip Lamantia
    (pp. xxiii-lxiv)
  6. Editorial Note
    (pp. lxv-lxvi)
  7. TOUCH OF THE MARVELOUS (1943–1949)
  8. from EROTIC POEMS (1946)
  9. POEMS 1943–1955
  10. from TAU (1955)
  11. EKSTASIS (1959)
  12. from NARCOTICA (1959)
  13. POEMS 1955–1962
  15. DESTROYED WORKS (1962)
  16. POEMS 1963–1964
  17. from SELECTED POEMS (1967)
  18. POEMS 1965–1970
  19. THE BLOOD OF THE AIR (1970)
  20. POEMS 1970–1980
  22. POEMS 1981–1985
  23. MEADOWLARK WEST (1986)
  24. POEMS 1986–1993
  26. from SYMBOLON (1998–2001)
  27. Selected Bibliography
    (pp. 431-432)
    Steven Fama
  28. Index of Titles
    (pp. 433-437)
  29. Back Matter
    (pp. 438-438)