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Cosmopolitan Greetings: Poems 1986-1992 (1994)

de Allen Ginsberg

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Published on the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Beat Generation - that historic encounter in 1944 in New York City between Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and William Burroughs - Cosmopolitan Greetings is the first new collection of poems from Allen Ginsberg since his highly acclaimed book White Shroud appeared in 1986. In Cosmopolitan Greetings, Ginsberg's ebullient spirit, his compassion, humor, playfulness, and candor are as refreshing as ever. These are poems from the autumn years of his life, a time of extensive activity and engagement for the public figure and a period of reflection and meditation for the Buddhist. The poet confronts evil in the world - the ravages of government, dictators, and the CIA; the wanton destruction of natural resources and of our planet; the suffering of the persecuted, the victims of war - and he does it fearlessly and with passion. Death lurks around the corners of these poems, but Ginsberg's zest for life remains undiminished. His search for love is as poignant, funny, and energetic as his attempt to understand why he writes poetry. There is a wonderful balance in this collection between memory and desire. Ginsberg's ardent pursuit of younger lovers alternates with his poignant revisiting of family, friends, and scenes from his earlier days. Cosmopolitan Greetings demonstrates a variety of poetic style and voice. Some of the poems here have dance rhythms; others are song lyrics, and some are accompanied by sheet music on the facing page. There's even an original comic strip - "Deadline Dragon Comix" - in which Ginsberg's publisher is gently taken to task for pressuring the poet about deadlines. The poems in Cosmopolitan Greetings are vintage Allen Ginsberg; fresh, hopeful, full of humanity and soul in the face of the darkness of our times.… (mais)
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I found myself pretty lost with a lot of this material as there are so many references to (at the time) current events which I have no idea about.
The minority, which I didn't feel so out of my depth with, was stunning, as expected of mr Ginsberg. ( )
  mjhunt | Jan 22, 2021 |
Dedica: "for Sergio Poggianella "A HF", 4/2/96
  vecchiopoggi | Jan 14, 2017 |
I bought this after listening to the man speak at my (second) college. He recited, among others, 'Sphincter,' and so I wound up waiting two decades to get my nerve up to read this. Turns out that the poems don't get much more graphically grotesque, and some are downright sweet. Still, there are a lot here that don't mean anything to me - after all I'm not a gay man, nor Jewish, nor Beat, nor old, nor neurotic, nor political. On the the third hand, I'm glad I did read/skim this, rather than just donate it unread. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
The Beats insisted "First thought, best thought," something Ginsberg reiterated in this collection. First thought should not however, in my opinion, mean published thought. Because I really could have done without all the rectal/anal references, especially the narration of what happens when he sits on the toilet. Also unnecessary were the nonsensical ones, unless those were originally meant as public chants.

If anyone ever wondered what Ginsberg's politics were, this book will set them straight (so to speak). ( )
  AuntieClio | Dec 14, 2014 |
The best of the craft of poetry. ( )
  JayLivernois | May 3, 2012 |
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Published on the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Beat Generation - that historic encounter in 1944 in New York City between Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and William Burroughs - Cosmopolitan Greetings is the first new collection of poems from Allen Ginsberg since his highly acclaimed book White Shroud appeared in 1986. In Cosmopolitan Greetings, Ginsberg's ebullient spirit, his compassion, humor, playfulness, and candor are as refreshing as ever. These are poems from the autumn years of his life, a time of extensive activity and engagement for the public figure and a period of reflection and meditation for the Buddhist. The poet confronts evil in the world - the ravages of government, dictators, and the CIA; the wanton destruction of natural resources and of our planet; the suffering of the persecuted, the victims of war - and he does it fearlessly and with passion. Death lurks around the corners of these poems, but Ginsberg's zest for life remains undiminished. His search for love is as poignant, funny, and energetic as his attempt to understand why he writes poetry. There is a wonderful balance in this collection between memory and desire. Ginsberg's ardent pursuit of younger lovers alternates with his poignant revisiting of family, friends, and scenes from his earlier days. Cosmopolitan Greetings demonstrates a variety of poetic style and voice. Some of the poems here have dance rhythms; others are song lyrics, and some are accompanied by sheet music on the facing page. There's even an original comic strip - "Deadline Dragon Comix" - in which Ginsberg's publisher is gently taken to task for pressuring the poet about deadlines. The poems in Cosmopolitan Greetings are vintage Allen Ginsberg; fresh, hopeful, full of humanity and soul in the face of the darkness of our times.

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