Gregory Corso

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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 ...
Popular Poems
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Last Night I Drove A Car
Last night I drove a car
not knowing how to drive
not owning a car
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2.
I Am 25
With a love a madness for Shelley
Chatterton Rimbaud
and the needy-yap of my youth
has gone from ear to ear:
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Bomb
Budger of history Brake of time You Bomb
Toy of universe Grandest of all snatched sky I cannot hate you
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Humanity
What simple profundities
What profound simplicities
To sit down among the trees...
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Marriage
Should I get married? Should I be Good?
Astound the girl next door with my velvet suit and faustaus hood?
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Brian Zukes 07 October 2018
The poem Bomb has force through the choice of strong metaphor and poetic competence, but the final effect is one of desuetude and impotence. Corso could have put his talent to better use by adding his support and talent (making it more literal and comprehensible) , to a group or party opposed to the Bomb, a party that is for the people, the common people, whom Corso, in his poem, too eagerly writes off as doomed.
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Brian Docherty 21 September 2009
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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