Tag Archives: Allen Ginsberg

“Plutonian Ode” by Allen Ginsberg

1 Jan


Plutonian Ode Front Cover

Just about a year ago I posted an article on my complete collection of the City Lights Pocket Poets Series.  I continue to add to the collection and replace near fine copies with finer examples.  It remains one of my proudest collective achievements.  The above was an unexpected Continue reading

RIP Barney Rosset

25 Feb

Owner/publisher of Grove Press from 1951-1985 and founder of the Evergreen Review, Barney Rosset, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 89.

Rosset was a counter cultural icon and 1st Amendment revolutionary that was pegged as a peddler of smut in the 50’s and 60’s.  Rosset and Grove Press defended the publication of D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer and William S. Burroughs’ Naked Lunch among other works, citing their literary/artistic merit.  Decades later, those three novels Continue reading

The City Lights Pocket Poets Series

8 Dec

I didn’t start reading books for enjoyment until 2001 (as sad as that is).  I didn’t start reading poetry (outside of class) until 2002.  I didn’t start collecting books until the spring of 2004.  I didn’t start collecting the City Lights Pocket Poets series until early 2005.  Late bloomer.

There have been 60 volumes released in the City Lights Pocket Poets series from Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s (poet and co-founder of the City Lights Press) 1955 Pictures of the Gone World to David Meltzer’s When I Was a Poet earlier this year.

Above: the City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology released in 2008, edited by Lawrence Ferlinghetti with excerpts of poetry released in the series.

I was introduced to the Pocket Poets series with Continue reading

“Go” by John Clellon Holmes

23 Oct

This morning I attended the 37th Annual Antiquarian Book & Ephemera Fair at the Armory in Albany.  I have been going to this fair for the past six years with my father.  To my dismay, there seemed to be fewer vendors than last year, and last year there were far fewer vendors than in years past.  I sincerely hope that they are able to keep it going.

I am a collector of modern fiction and poetry.  Unfortunately for me, Albany is a city steeped in history and so most of the vendors you find there cater to the local history buffs and ephemera geeks (as if I’m cooler). Continue reading