Collected Poems of Lenore Kandel (Io Poetry Series) by Lenore Kandel,Diane di Prima

By Lenore Kandel,Diane di Prima

Jack Kerouac immortalized her in his novel Big Sur. A scholar of Zen, she frolicked with Gary Snyder and Allen Ginsberg and used to be a speaker at San Francisco’s Human Be-In. yet Lenore Kandel was once no muse or hanger-on; she used to be a super lyric poet, usually unabashedly erotic, and that’s the place her legacy lies.
Collected Poems of Lenore Kandel contains eighty examples of her artwork, from the “holy erotica” of her early years to later, extra contemplative works. a number of the poems have by no means been released, others purely in infrequent ephemeral courses. a few are explicit, celebrating carnal love as a part of the divine. Others are funny and canopy extra quotidian topics. A routine subject is the “divine animal” duality. the gathering contains poems written from the early fifties up until eventually Kandel’s death.

The paradox of Lenore Kandel is that regardless of her prodigious expertise, she used to be one of many least learn and significantly liked of contemporary poets. Kandel came across her voice at a time while the Beat period used to be giving option to the countercultural age, and notwithstanding she straddled either eras, it intended that she additionally fell in the course of the cracks when it comes to attractiveness. Now for the 1st time the whole variety of her paintings seems to be in a single volume.

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