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Wednesday, September 21 – 7pm
Gregory Corso’s
The Golden Dot: Last Poems, 1997-2000

Poets converge at Bird & Beckett tonight, 9/21, to honor Gregory Corso, reading from The Golden Dot: Last Poems, 1997-2000, edited by Raymond Foye and George Scrivani, is newly published by Lithic Press.

Co-editor Scrivani will join Scott Bird, Neeli Cherkovski, Agneta Falk, Sarah Menefee and Tate Swindell to read from the book, and to contribute poems of their own in tribute to this key figure in modern American poetry.

Nothing can rival the experience of being at the reading with poets that knew Corso as a friend and colleague. But if you simply can’t, we encourage you to take in tonight’s reading in the live stream that’s to be found at 7pm on our Facebook page and YouTube channel. If you like what you hear in the stream, and value what Bird & Beckett puts on offer there, please donate to help us pay an honorarium to the participating poets.

Gregory Corso (1930-2001), a founding and key figure in the Beat Generation constellation of poets and other cultural figures, published over a dozen books of poetry and one novel during his lifetime. In addition there have been numerous posthumously published collections of plays, interviews and correspondence.

Now, his book, The Golden Dot: Last Poems, 1997-2000, edited by Raymond Foye and George Scrivani, has been published by Lithic Press.

“Place this book in your survival kit. Let Gregory Corso, the youngest, most high-spirited of the beat poets guide you through the hallowed days, as he did for my generation.

He will steer you through the minefields of existence, poem by poem, drawn from his irreverent, benevolent revolutionary heart.”

–Patti Smith

Reviews of Corso’s The Golden Dot can be found here and here.




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