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Gregory Corso

(26 March 1930 – 17 January 2001 / New York City, New York)

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Gregory Nunzio Corso was an American poet, youngest of the inner circle of Beat Generation writers (with Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs). He was beloved by the other "Beats".

… a tough young kid from the Lower East Side who rose like an angel over the roof tops and sang Italian song as sweet as Caruso and Sinatra, but in words… Amazing and beautiful, Gregory Corso, the one and only Gregory, the Herald.” ~Jack Kerouac

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  • ''what if I'm 60 years old and not married,
    all alone in a furnished room with pee stains on my underwear
    and everybody else is married!''
    Gregory Corso (b. 1930), U.S. poet. Marriage (l. 106-108). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 198...
  • when Mrs Kindhead comes to collect for the Community Chest
    grab her and tell her There are unfavorable omens in the sky!
    And when the mayor comes to get my vote tell him
    When are ...
    Gregory Corso (b. 1930), U.S. poet. Marriage (l. 62-65). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983)...
  • O how terrible it must be for a young man—
    seated before a family and the family thinking
    We never saw him before! He wants our Mary Lou!
    After tea and homemade cookies they ...
    Gregory Corso (b. 1930), U.S. poet. Marriage (l. 16-19). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983)...
  • ''a fat Reichian wife screeching over potatoes Get a job!
    And five nose running brats in love with Batman''
    Gregory Corso (b. 1930), U.S. poet. Marriage (l. 83-84). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983)...
  • ''O God, and the wedding! All her family and her friends
    and only a handful of mine all scroungy and bearded
    just wait to get at the drinks and food—''
    Gregory Corso (b. 1930), U.S. poet. Marriage (l. 24-26). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983)...
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  • Brian Docherty (9/21/2009 12:04:00 PM)

    pedantic note on the Gregory Corso biography- para 2 gives his father's name as Sam Corso; para 3 gives his father's name as Gary'fortunato' Corso; which is it?

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