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Huge Dreams: San Francisco and Beat Poems
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Penguin USA
Publication date April 1, 1999
Pages 192
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780140589177
ISBN-10 0140589171
Dimensions 0.75 by 6.25 by 9.25 in.
Weight 0.55 lbs.
Original list price $17.00 says people who bought this book also bought:
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Summaries and Reviews
Combining two seminal works of Beat poetry--The New Book/A Book of Torture and Star--this new publication of the poet's radical work celebrates his focus on nature, the environment, antiwar activities, anarchism, and Zen philosophy. Original. (view table of contents) description: Product Description: Huge Dreams republishes two books, out of print for thirty years, which together are a cornerstone of the Beat movement: The New Book/A Book of Torture and Star. Both were influential in expanding poetry into a larger world:the West Coast Beat phenomena, which focused on nature, the environment, antiwar activities, individual anarchism, Zen Buddhism, jazz, and a kind of romantic mystical thought. With these books Michael McClure brought an animal energy and a knowledge of art and physical human nature that was new to the scene.

The New Book/A Book of Torture was written spontaneously while McClure was in a "dark night of the soul" brought on by psychedelics. A single long poem of experience and exploration, it offers the means of liberation from the darkness it examines. Star is a wide-ranging book of chalice seeking, spiritual discovery, and political protest, grounded in the emotions and sensations of eros and play.

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9780140589177 | details & prices | 192 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $17.00
About: Poems from two classic volumes of Beat poetry explore spiritual discovery, political protest, the antiwar movement, Zen Buddhism, and individual anarchism

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