The Collected Poems of Philip Lamantia

By Philip Lamantia

The amassed Poems of Philip Lamantia represents the lifework of the main visionary poet of the yankee postwar new release. Philip Lamantia (1927-2005) performed an immense position in shaping the poetics of either the Beat and the Surrealist activities within the usa. First mentored through the San Francisco poet Kenneth Rexroth, the teenage Lamantia additionally got here to the eye of the French Surrealist chief André Breton, who, after examining Lamantia’s younger paintings, hailed him as a “voice that rises as soon as in 100 years.” Later, Lamantia went “on the road” with Jack Kerouac and shared the degree with Allen Ginsberg on the recognized Six Gallery examining in San Francisco, the place Ginsburg first learn “Howl.” all through his existence, Lamantia sought to increase and renew the visionary culture of Romanticism in a incredibly American vernacular, drawing on mystical lore and drug adventure within the technique. The gathered Poems gathers not just his released paintings but in addition an intensive choice of unpublished or uncollected paintings; the editors have additionally supplied a biographical creation.

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Fifty three. big apple publish, January 22, 1958. because of Steven Fama for supplying this quotation. fifty four. “Beat Mystics,” Time, February three, 1958. fifty five. Paul O’Neil, “The in basic terms uprising in Town,” existence, November 30, 1959, 123. fifty six. actually, they have been married two times, in a civil rite in Crawford, Texas, in 1960, after which in a Catholic ceremony in Mexico in 1961. fifty seven. This situation is mentioned in “Peroxide Subway” in Destroyed Works (San Francisco: Auerhahn, 1961): “66 days in Huntsville legal. ” in accordance with Lamantia, he used to be searched and busted only for a stray marijuana seed that used to be present in his one in all his pant cuffs. fifty eight. This incident is documented in Lamantia’s formerly uncollected poem, “Ceylonese Tea Candor (Pyramid Scene),” from which the quoted phrases are drawn. fifty nine. this can be extensively yet now not strictly actual, because the ultimate poem of the quantity, “Binoculars,” refers to humans like Gregory Corso, whom Lamantia met someday after the Six Gallery analyzing. 60. Michael McClure, Meat technological know-how Essays, second ed. (San Francisco: urban lighting, 1966), 10. The essay “Phi Upsilon Kappa” initially seemed in Kulchur eight (Winter 1962), yet didn’t look in Meat technological know-how until eventually the choice in Grove Press Inc. v. Gerstein (1964) lessened the aptitude to prosecute literary publishers on obscenity grounds. (The essay is in part dedicated to the be aware “Fuck. ”) McClure, who came across the notice aelf-scin, which means “shining like an elf,” in an Anglo-Saxon dictionary, likens this to Lamantia’s weir. sixty one. This e-book, for instance, contains “Deamin,” whose unique name used to be easily “Weir. ” 62. Tau and trip to the top, 123. sixty three. apparently Lamantia despatched the manuscript to Auerhahn in past due 1960—​hence the date of his “Note on Destroyed Works”—​though the publication wouldn’t be revealed until eventually 1962. sixty four. Lamantia’s Auerhahn books are unpaginated, yet this poem is the 6th component of the hole suite, “Hypodermic gentle. ” 65. Peter Conners, The White Hand Society: The Psychedelic Partnership of Timothy Leary and Allen Ginsberg (San Francisco: urban lighting, 2010), 154. sixty six. Autobiographical notes, Carton eleven, Folder eleven, of the Philip Lamantia Papers, 1944–​2005 (BANC MSS 2006/179) on the Bancroft Library on the college of California, Berkeley. lxii  excessive poet 67. formerly, through the interval of his ostensible silence, Lamantia had written an extended poem, “Kosmos,” in relation to his LSD reports, yet deemed it unworthy of ebook. sixty eight. Nancy Joyce Peters, handle on the memorial for Philip Lamantia, San Francisco, March 31, 2005. sixty nine. The back-cover replica additional said that, after Lamantia used to be “welcomed via André Breton into the Surrealist movement,” there “followed an extended, transitional interval of mystical orientations & silences. ” 70. José Pierre, Tracts surréalistes et déclarations collectives (Paris: Terrain imprecise, 1982). seventy one. In his 1973 prose assertion “Between the Gulfs,” Lamantia wrote: “From having firstly came upon the most important (the street starting, 1943–​1946) to having misplaced the main (the street closed down, 1946–​1966) and because rediscovering the foremost (the highway re-opening in 1967), my unity with the surrealist movement .

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