Collected Poems of Lenore Kandel (Io Poetry Series) by Lenore Kandel,Diane di Prima

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By Lenore Kandel,Diane di Prima

Jack Kerouac immortalized her in his novel Big Sur. A pupil of Zen, she frolicked with Gary Snyder and Allen Ginsberg and used to be a speaker at San Francisco’s Human Be-In. yet Lenore Kandel was once no muse or hanger-on; she used to be an excellent lyric poet, frequently unabashedly erotic, and that’s the place her legacy lies.
 
Collected Poems of Lenore Kandel contains eighty examples of her artwork, from the “holy erotica” of her early years to later, extra contemplative works. a number of the poems have by no means been released, others purely in infrequent ephemeral courses. a few are explicit, celebrating carnal love as a part of the divine. Others are funny and canopy extra quotidian matters. A ordinary subject is the “divine animal” duality. the gathering contains poems written from the early fifties up till Kandel’s death.

The paradox of Lenore Kandel is that regardless of her prodigious expertise, she used to be one of many least learn and severely preferred of contemporary poets. Kandel discovered her voice at a time while the Beat period was once giving solution to the countercultural age, and although she straddled either eras, it intended that she additionally fell in the course of the cracks by way of acceptance. Now for the 1st time the total diversity of her paintings seems to be in a single volume.

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