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Gregory Corso

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

Quotations

  • ''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., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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  • ''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 you going to stop people killing whales!''
    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) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ''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 ask What do you do for a living''
    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) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ''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) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ''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) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ''Should I get married? Should I be good?
    Astound the girl next door with my velvet suit and faustus hood?''
    Gregory Corso (b. 1930), U.S. poet. Marriage (l. 1-2). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ''The indifferent clerk he knowing what was going to happen
    The lobby zombies they knowing what
    The whistling elevator man he knowing
    The winking bellboy knowing
    Everybody knowing! I'd be almost inclined not to do anything!''
    Gregory Corso (b. 1930), U.S. poet. Marriage (l. 37-41). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ''it's just that I see love as odd as wearing shoes—
    I never wanted to marry a girl who was like my mother
    And Ingrid Bergman was always impossible''
    Gregory Corso (b. 1930), U.S. poet. Marriage (l. 100-103). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ''she in the kitchen
    aproned young and lovely wanting my baby
    and so happy about me she burns the roast beef
    and comes crying to me and I get up from my big papa chair
    saying Christmas teeth! Radiant brains! Apple deaf!''
    Gregory Corso (b. 1930), U.S. poet. Marriage (l. 52-56). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.

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To a downfallen rose

When I laid aside the verses of Mimnermus,
I lived a life of canned heat and raw hands,
alone, not far from my body did I wander,
walked with a hope of a sudden dreamy forest of gold.
O rose, downfallen, bend your huge vegetic back;
eye down the imposter sun...in winter dream
sulk your rosefamed head into the bile of golden giant,
ah, rose, augment the rose further still!
whence upon that self-created dive in Eden

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