Collected Poems of Bob Kaufman

Collected Poems of Bob Kaufman
Foreword by devorah major
Edited by Neeli Cherkovski, Raymond Foye, Tate Swindell


Bob Kaufman


(Photo of Bob Kaufman by Ira Nowinski, 1980)

Bob Kaufman was born in New Orleans in 1925 and spent the 1940s in the Merchant Ma­rine. After a brief period as a labor organizer, he lived a peripatetic existence before settling in San Francisco in the late '50s, where he pub­lished three poetry broadsides with City Lights Books. In 1959, with Allen Ginsberg and others, he co-founded the long-running magazine Beatitude. Following the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963, he maintained a decade-long vow of silence, which he would periodically resume throughout his life. He published two books during the 1960s, Soli­tudes Crowded with Loneliness and Golden Sar­dine, and a third book, The Ancient Rain, in 1981. He died in San Francisco in 1986. He is considered by many to be the finest jazz poet of his generation.


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Cranial Guitar
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At the forefront of the Beat movement, Kaufman was active (except for a decade long self-imposed interval of silence) on the poetry scenes of San Francisco’s North Beach and New York’s Lower East Side and Village from the 1950s through the 1980s...



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The Ancient Rain
Poems, 1956-1978
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A collection of early rap poetry from "the black American Rimbaud."



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Solitudes Crowded With Loneliness
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