The Happy Birthday of Death

The Happy Birthday of Death

It is true that he has been one of the inner circle of the 'Beats' from the first, but many admirers of his poetry feel that it belongs quite as much to other and older traditions in world literature. One of these is the revival of pure poetry whenever an ?original???be it Rimbaud or Whitman??has broken with current verse conventions to give free rein to the magic of langu It is true that he has been one of the inner circle of the 'Beats' from the first, but many admirers of his ...

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Title:The Happy Birthday of Death
Author:Gregory Corso
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Genres:Poetry
ISBN:The Happy Birthday of Death
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:91 pages pages

The Happy Birthday of Death Reviews

  • Bill Yarrow
    Mar 22, 2008
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  • Brady
    Mar 22, 2011
    So great. ...
  • K
    Aug 11, 2013
    http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/g... ---> "Despite Corso's reliance on traditional forms and archaic diction, he remained a street-wise poet, described by Bruce Cook in The Beat Generation as 'an urchin Shelley.' Gaiser suggested that Corso adopted 'the mask of the sophistica...
  • Max  Heinegg
    Dec 19, 2007
    the best poem in this otherwise forgettable collection is "Marriage" which has Ginsberg's "America" kinda humor goin' on ...
  • Andy
    Apr 02, 2008
    Gregory Corso makes my brain burn. He's a wonderful poet who creates passages you can't get out of your head. Here's a sample... Yes! One momentflash BANG!-and boiling boywar ("Police") The dead are born in Cheeryland, their buttocks neigh ("Heave The Hive With New Bees") "She Doe...
  • Greg
    Jan 11, 2016
    Corso was right there with Kerouac, Ginsberg and the rest of the Beats, and he wrote some pretty marvelous poetry. It's gritty, real, angry, and somehow uplifting, despite all that. (When someone's reaction to the horrors of the world is to create art for others, that tends to happen.)...
  • Ashley
    Feb 15, 2011
    The absolute exuberance in many of these poems is (perhaps due to the time it was written) still totally earnest and (to me?) completely unironic... the tone of these is built around the preeminent puncuated display of exuberance and excitement -- the exclamation mark. from "Hair" ...
  • J.
    Aug 26, 2013
    Of course, "Bomb" is the main poem people want to read in this, Corso's most famous collection. However, there are lots of other absolute gems, here. "Power," "Death," and "Away One Year" all shine just as brightly. Naturally, there is a lot of filler, here; they aren't all masterpiece...
  • Al
    Jul 16, 2008
    "the faint glow in the belly of enlightenment, is the old spouting their know" Read it and THINK Merged review: How to love the bomb an stop worrying ...
  • Stephen
    Mar 16, 2009
    I got nothing from this. Nothing but absolute rubbish. ...
  • Andy Rhodes
    Oct 06, 2009
    Corso reached his best poetic state in "The Happy Birthday of Death". It's got "Bomb", "Marriage" and others. My personal favorite is "Clown". ...
  • Roxanne
    Jun 07, 2012
    2 thumnbs up ...
  • Ian Forsyth
    Aug 13, 2013
    "Bomb", "Clown", "Power", "Marriage", and "Army" are all good poems. From power: Whoever complains about Life is a dazzling monster in the zoo of Power Power is sadly fundamental Power is attained by Weakness ...
  • Lynn
    Dec 30, 2014
    There are moments in this book that took my breath away. Some of it is so wonderful and funny I wanted to run outside and show it to strangers in the street. He has this way of putting words together that makes them seem like shiny toys, like we've been storing them on shelves, and he'...
  • Jason
    May 18, 2014
    Corso has a bit of a clang to him; Read it and you'll immediately understand what I mean. The foldout for "Bomb" was worth my secondhand $6. ...
  • Sarah Surratt
    Oct 11, 2012
    My favorite book when I was a little girl. Corso was a genius. ...
  • Tomas Ramanauskas
    May 13, 2018
    Corso is mighty, but I've struggled with this tome. His poetry is in equal measure heavy or flowing. When it gets heavy, you wonder how many lines have left. When it flows, you get POETS HITCHHIKING ON THE HIGHWAY about the fight of two poets: (...) "I was feeling like a demon ...
  • Justo
    Aug 20, 2013
    purely fucking amazing! ...
  • Mat
    Feb 02, 2012
    Absolutely stunning collection of poetry. Plenty of goodies in here folks. Corso's growth curve as a poet from The Vestal Lady on Brattle to Gasoline to The Happy Birthday of Death is not linear but explosively exponential. The breadth and depth of vocabulary and ideas in The Happy...
  • Jon Richards
    Apr 25, 2012
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  • Guillermo Galvan
    Oct 22, 2012
    It was strange, I still don't know exactly what to think of it except that I enjoyed it greatly. At first it seemed almost like pure chaos. The words barely held in relation to the other. Sometimes they appeared as if chosen at random. Perhaps they were. In every poem there was a meani...
  • Bill Daniels
    Nov 26, 2014
    After being introduced to Ferlinghetti, I started mainlining the Beats. ...
  • Kirsten Irving
    Jan 24, 2013
    Probably my favourite Beat. 'She Doesn't Know He Thinks He's God' is an incredible little bullet of panic. Great to get 'Bomb' in here too. ...
  • Stephen
    Apr 24, 2018
    Mostly not my cup of tea but holds historical interest. ...
  • Jonathan Holleb
    Jun 09, 2013
    My copy is, strangely enough, missing about 20 poems...Even so, this is a great collection of wildly imaginative and unique poetry from a poet I hadnt read much of...I would recommend it to just about anyone...Corso seems to have a lot more to his poems then you get on first read of th...
  • Robert Stevens
    Jan 08, 2019
    Poetry has alwas been a favorite genre of literature for me. Being fascinated with the artistic representation of death and the more negative side of life, when I saw my copy of "The Happy Birthday of Death" at one of my favorite independent bookstores, I had to buy it and I had to rea...
  • Matthew
    Sep 10, 2014
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  • Simon
    Dec 06, 2017
    BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM ye skies and BOOM ye suns BOOM BOOM ye moons ye stars BOOM nights ye BOOM ye days ye BOOM BOOM BOOM ye winds ye clouds ye rains go BANG ye lakes ye oceans BING Barracuda BOOM and cougar BOOM Ubangi BOOM orangutang BING BANG BONG BOOM be...
  • Rahmad
    Nov 18, 2017
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  • Yuri
    Aug 18, 2019
    :v ...