Kaddish and Other Poems: 1958-1960

Kaddish and Other Poems: 1958-1960
Pocket Poets Number 14, 50th Anniversary Edition
Afterword by Bill Morgan

Allen Ginsberg's "Kaddish," a long poem written about the madness and death of his mother, Naomi, is widely considered to be one his major works. This special fiftieth­-anniversary edition of Kaddish & Other Poems features an illuminating afterword by the noted Ginsberg biographer Bill Morgan, along with previously unpublished family photographs, Naomi's paintings, and documents and letters relating to the composition of the poem.

"In the midst of the broken consciousness of mid-twentieth century suffering anguish of separation from my own body and its natural infinity of feeling its own self one with all self, I instinctively seeking to reconstitute that blissful union which I experience so rarely. I took it to be supernatural and gave it holy Name thus made hymn laments of longing and litanies of triumphancy of Self over mind-illusion mechano-universe of un-feeling Time in which I saw my self my own mother and my very nation trapped desolate our worlds of consciousness homeless and at war except for the original trembling of bliss in breast and belly of every body that nakedness rejected in suits of fear that familiar defenseless living hurt self which is myself same as all others abandoned scared to own unchanging desire for each other."
— Allen Ginsberg, Kaddish

Title Kaddish and Other Poems: 1958-1960
Subtitle Pocket Poets Number 14, 50th Anniversary Edition
Afterword by Bill Morgan
Publisher City Lights Publishers
BISAC Subject Heading POE000000 POETRY
Title First Published 01 November 2010
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 128 p.
ISBN-10 0872865118
ISBN-13 9780872865112
Publication Date 15 December 2010
Main content page count 128
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $9.95

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