A rich gathering of poets will celebrate the work of Bob Kaufman, collected in a new volume from City Lights Books, edited by Neeli Cherkovski, Raymond Foye and Tate Swindell, with a forward by devorah major.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti said of Kaufman, “He was an original voice. No one else talked like him. No one else wrote poetry like him.”
Readers will include:
Kaufman’s importance as a key Beat Generation poet cannot be understated. His understanding of the post war world expressed through a surrealist and profoundly moral critical lens was unrivaled amongÂ his peers.
Read a recent New York Times review linked hereÂ of this important collection, drawn from Kaufman’s published books Solitudes Crowded with Loneliness, The Golden Sardine (now out of print), The Ancient Rain and the posthumous Cranial Guitar, and including poems discovered by the editors in personal collections and archives.
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