Plutonian Ode and Other Poems 1977-1980. Allen Ginsberg.
Plutonian Ode and Other Poems 1977-1980
Plutonian Ode and Other Poems 1977-1980

Plutonian Ode and Other Poems 1977-1980

San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books, 1982. First Softcover Edition. Softcover. (Morgan A45, a2.1, pg. 56-57; Cook 147, pg. 157-159). "PLUTONIAN ODE: Title poem combines scientific info on 24,000-year cycle of the Great Year compared with equal half-life of Plutonium waste, accounting Homeric formula for appeasing underground millionaire Pluto Lord of Death, jack in the Gnostic box of Aeons, and Adamantine Truth of ordinary mind inspiration, unhexing Nuclear ministry of fear. Following poems chronologize Wyoming grass blues, a punk-rock sonnet, personal grave musing, Manhattan landscape hypertension, lovelorn heart thumps, mantric rhymes, Neruda's tearful Lincoln ode retranslated to U.S. vernacular oratory, Nagasaki Bomb anniversary haikus, Zen Bluegrass raunch, free verse demystification of sacred fame, Reznikoffian filial epiphanies, hot pants Skeletonic doggerel, a Kerouackian New Year's eve ditty, professorial homework, New Jersey quatrains, scarecrow haiku, improvised dice roll for highschool kids, English rock-and-roll sophistications, an old love glimpse, renaissance song, ode to hero-flop, Peace protest prophecies, Lower East Side snapshots, national flashes in the Buddha-fields, Sapphic stanzas in quantitative idiom, look out the bedroom window, feverish birdbrain verses from Eastern Europe for chanting with electric bands, Beethovinean ear strophes drowned in rain, a glance at Cloud Castle, poems 1977-1980 end with International new wave hit lyric Capitol Air." (from Back Cover). So reads the clamorous-&-discursive back cover blurb on Allen Ginsberg's (1926-1997) "Plutonian Ode," – the environmentally-focused collection from The Good Bard, Ginsberg. By this time, Allen's back cover blurbing had become formulaic. Virtually everything (subject matter-wise) that appears in the book is namechecked in the hyper-condensed, "Hydrogen Jukebox"-like syntactical collisions native to Ginsberg’s labyrinthine ‘blurbiage.’ Luckily, the poems in this collection are not rambling, nor are they formulaically frail. The poems of “Plutonian Ode” are alive with the Blakean power we-in-the-know ascribe to Ginsberg's verse. Published as No. 40 in the iconic Pocket Poets Series by Lawrence Ferlinghetti's City Lights Books. Trade-format softcover; First Printing, as stated on copyright page. From the collection of the late Erin Black Matson, an artist-poet who, along with her then-husband the acclaimed poet & educator Clive Matson, was a member of the Beat Generation as it morphed into the hippie counterculture during the 1960s. The Matsons were colleagues & protégés (in lifestyle as well as literature) of Herbert Huncke, Bonnie & Ray Bremser, Diane di Prima et al., undoubtedly including Ginsberg. Book in Very Good condition with slight shelf-wear to fine-edges, corners; moderate-to-pronounced rubbing, scattered nicks to front, back covers & spine; light spotting/staining to same; slight loss of paper ranging from pg. 99-111 (the book’s end) near top right-hand corner of back cover, the result of Erin's cats' or other small creatures' nibblings, we surmise; minor, (similar) scattered spotting & staining to text block, though more pronounced along topmost fine-edge than the much more moderate exhibits of same elsewhere. Very Good. [Item #4829]

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