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Biography of Gregory Corso

Gregory Corso

Gregory Corso (1930 - 2001)

Gregory Corso (March 26, 1930 - January 17, 2001) was an American poet, the fourth member of the canon of Beat Generation writers (with Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Burroughs).

Incarcerated in Dannemora for burglary in 1947, Gregory Corso dove into literature, and began writing poetry. He returned to New York City after his release in 1950 and met Allen Ginsberg in a bar in Greenwich Village (the Pony Stable). Ginsberg then introduced Corso and his poetry to other members of the beat literary scene.

Gregory Corso's first volume of poetry was privately published in 1955 (with the assistance of associates at Harvard, where he had been auditing classes): The Vestal Lady on Brattle and other poems. This was the year before the publication of Allen Ginsberg's first collection of poetry, and two years before Kerouac's On the Road. In 1958, Corso had an expanded collection of poems published as number 8 in the City Lights Pocket Poets series: Gasoline/Vestal Lady on Brattle.

Later publications by Corso include:

  • The Happy Birthday of Death (1960),
  • The American Express (1961) (his only novel),
  • Long Live Man (1962),
  • Elegaic Feelings American (1970),
  • Herald of the Autochthonic Spirit (1981), and Mindfield (1991).

His most notable poems are Bomb (formatted as typewriter-art in the shape of a mushroom cloud) and Marriage a humorous meditation on the institution.


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6 Poems written by Gregory Corso

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Budger of history Brake of time You Bomb Comments and analysis of BOMB by Gregory Corso 22 Comments
I am watching them churn the last milk they'll ever get Comments and analysis of The Mad Yak by Gregory Corso 227 Comments
Last night I drove a car Comments and analysis of Last Night I Drove A Car by Gregory Corso 1 Comment
My hands did numb to beauty
They deliver the edicts of God
With a love a madness for Shelley


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