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  Encyclopedia: Gregory Corso
Gregory Corso was first incarcerated in a standard (adult) facility in New York then known as "The Tombs" at the age of 12 while he awaited trial on petty theft charges (he had been caught trying to sell a stolen radio).
Gregory Nunzio Corso was born in New York's Greenwich Village on March 26, 1930, to teenage Italian parents.
Gregory Corso died on January 17, 2001, at the age of seventy.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Gregory-Corso   (438 words)

 Gregory Corso - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Gregory Nunzio 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).
Corso's mother, sixteen years old when Gregory was delivered, abandoned the family a year later and returned to Italy.
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.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Gregory_Corso   (664 words)

 Fast Forward: Editorial: Gregory Corso
Corso had the lowest profile of the four but was actually the living embodiment of all that was professed by the Beat Generation and would later transmute into true rock and roll sensibility.
Corso avidly studied the Romantics, particularly Shelley, and through him found his lifelong fascination with the classics and began his journey as a fledgling poet.
Gregory sang of the spirit of the untamed individual, a concept that is truly American, yet feared by America as a whole.
www.ffwdmag.com /editfeb2001.htm   (882 words)

 obits.com, The Internet Obituary Network, Obituary for Gregory Corso
By the time he was a year old Corso's mother had abandoned her child and their Bleeker Street flat to return to her native Italy, and Corso's life from that point on was spent in orphanages, institutions and foster homes.
By the time Corso was paroled in 1950 he had begun writing his own verse in the style of the romantic writers he had been reading.
Corso forged friendships and work alliances within the group, though his seduction of Kerouac's girlfriend became the basis of Kerouac's "The Subterraneans" and the character of Yuri Gregorovic.
obits.com /corsogregory.html   (785 words)

 Chapter 5: Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton
In his introduction to Gasoline, Allen Ginsberg wrote of Gregory Corso, "He’s probably the greatest poet in America, and he’s starving in Europe." Ginsberg was writing from Amsterdam in October of 1957.
At roughly the same time, Corso was kneeling in a garret in Paris, razoring typewritten lines on a hexagonal tiled floor.
The notebooks, which cover Corso’s European travels from 1958 to 1960, through France, Italy, and Greece, are as much sketchbooks and occasional address books as they are records of the earlier drafts of his poetry.
www.library.miami.edu /treasure/chapters/chapter5.html   (627 words)

 CNN.com - Books - Poet Gregory Corso remembered as brilliant Beat force - January 19, 2001
Gregory Corso, shown in 1993, was one of the circle of Beat poets that included Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac
Corso was part of the New York literary troupe that included fellow Beat poets Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac.
Corso met Ginsberg in a Greenwich Village bar, and though he had no desire to be a poet, he was soon spouting words to the huddled masses in street corner cafes.
www.cnn.com /2001/books/news/01/19/corso.obit   (598 words)

 More info about the poet: Gregory Corso - references bibliography
Gregory Corso, the only major Beat writer to have the forethought to actually be born...
Gregory Corso came over often during the week, reciting poetry in the living room to John Limon, being irascible and responding only to Allen and John,...
Gregory Corso is the most intensely spiritual of the Beat generation poets and...
www.poemhunter.com /gregory-corso/resources/poet-8527/page-1   (647 words)

 On "Marriage"
Gregory Corso came back from Europe in 1957 for the publication of Gasoline and was on the scene at just the moment that the Beat Generation thing was beginning to explode.
Not to quibble, however, for in the writing of "Marriage," Corso did make a choice, his most important, for the matter and form of it are distinctly his own.
Yet the prospect of withholding himself from the common fate is just as painful for Corso as the doom of conformity, and the whole of his poetic career is summed up in the terrors of the poem's final strophes....
www.english.uiuc.edu /maps/poets/a_f/corso/marriage.htm   (922 words)

 Gregory Corso   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Gregory Corso, was a poet and a central figure in the BEAT poetry movement.
Corso, expertly played the role of the wise guy hipster, thumbing his nose at the powers that be,and " busting the chops" of the self- proclaimed mandarins of the literary world.
Corso was in the audience, and he interrupted the poets in midstream, yelling to the tune of, " What are you doing Allen!...Lowell is a murderer of Poetry!" He was to say the least, prone to public outbursts.
www.lucidmoonpoetry.com /interviews/powers.shtml   (1149 words)

 Gregory Corso | Olson
Gregory Corso is the most intensely spiritual of the Beat generation poets and still by far the least explored.
While Corso is a subject of great controversy—his work often being seen as nihilistic and wildly comic—Olson argues that Corso’s poetry, in fact, maintains an insistent theme of doubt and faith with regard to his early Catholicism.
Corso’s concerns, like his influence, extend beyond the Beat generation as he speaks about concerns that have troubled thinkers from the beginning of the Western tradition, and his answers offer provocative new openings for thought.
www.siu.edu /~siupress/titles/f02_titles/olson_corso.htm   (400 words)

 Gregory Corso - Biography & Brief Bibliography - Beat Generation Poet
Gregory Corso passed away on January 19, 2001 at the age of 70.
Gregory Corso was one of the major figures of the Beat Generation.
Gregory was a chronic runaway, and was in and out of jail during his adolescence.
www.emptymirrorbooks.com /corso.html   (622 words)

 Gregory Corso at the Blue Neon Alley   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Beat Generation poet Gregory Corso was born in New York's Greenwich Village, he authored or co-authored more than 20 collections of poetry and other works.
Gregory Corso's first poems were published in 1955.
Corso died on January 17, 2001 of prostate cancer.
www.neonalley.com /corso.html   (192 words)

 Woodstock Journal - Gregory Corso   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Gregory Corso's exploration of the awe and terror of classical beauty is a link in a chain that includes his beloved Piero and Fra Angelico, Keats and Shelley.
I told them Gregory was a renowned American poet, of a stature comparable to that of Dylan Thomas in the British Isles (come to think of it, perhaps not the best reference), and with Solomonic wisdom, the Bobbies decided that it was time for everyone to settle their reckonings and retire.
Gregory Corso is the golden leviathan of imagination, who with rampaging behemoth thundering and with zingers of flashgenius, exploring the caverns of his cell walls captured with grace, and wrote down another of his genius poems from the airy uni- verse: "Rembrandt – Self Portrait" which begins:
www.woodstockjournal.com /corso6-18.html   (4316 words)

 Gregory Corso: Biographical Note
Gregory Corso was born in New York City on 26 March 1930.
His mother, sixteen years old when Gregory was delivered, abandoned the family a year later and returned to Italy.
His father remarried when Gregory was eleven years old, and he had his son stay with him, but the boy repeatedly ran away.
www.english.uiuc.edu /maps/poets/a_f/corso/bio.htm   (316 words)

 Gregory Corso   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Gregory Corso was born on March 26th, 1930 in New York City and died on the 17th January, 2001.
Corso became involved with crime and spent time in a Youth House and at the age of sixteen was sent to state prison for three years on theft charges.
Whilst in prison, Corso began to read and write poetry and at his release had aspirations to be a poet.
www.tijean.freeserve.co.uk /corso.htm   (185 words)

 Gregory Corso: Die on Me: The Final Recordings - PopMatters Music Review
When Gregory Corso passed away on January 17, 2001, the sole surviving member of the real core of the Beat Generation, the last great literary movement of the past 50 years, was gone.
Born in 1930, Gregory Corso was the youngest of the group of four writers; when a 20-year-old Corso first met Ginsberg in a Greenwich Village bar in 1950, Ginsberg was 24, Kerouac 28, and Burroughs 38.
When the recordings were made, Corso didn't have enough energy to read everything, and both "Getting to the Poem" and "No Arrangement Was Made", two bittersweet, self-referential poems, are both read by Marianne Faithfull at his bedside, her smoky voice sounding magnificent, with Corso adding commentary ("Oh, that's a funny one") and chuckling often.
www.popmatters.com /music/reviews/c/corsogregory-die.shtml   (1094 words)

 Alibris: Gregory Corso
Gregory Corso has been much publicized as one of the leading literary spokesmen for the "Beat Generation, " together with Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William Burroughs.
Gregory Corso's poetry has been called "an affront to all that limits, restrains, or frightens": "Death, I unsalute you", he declares.
In these letters from Gregory Corso, written in the 1950s and '60s, he ruminates on his own poetry and that of others, and reminisces about his difficult early years, which included orphanages, reform school, mental institutions, and prison.
www.alibris.com /search/books/author/Gregory_Corso   (633 words)

 LitKicks: Gregory Corso   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Gregory Corso was born on March 26, 1930 in New York City.
He was the only native New Yorker among the circle of major Beat writers, and was in fact born on Bleecker Street in the heart of Greenwich Village, where as a young man he would meet Allen Ginsberg in a bar.
Gregory left New York City in ill health to live with his daughter in Minneapolis only a few months before his death on Jan 17, 2001.
www.litkicks.com /People/GregoryCorso.html   (435 words)

 Gregory Corso
Gregory Corso came to visit me and my wife in Ponce, Puerto Rico for three crazy weeks during the Christmas Holidays in 1970.
Gregory was introduced to Dona Casals, the beautiful young widow of Pablo Casals.
After drinking, turning on and gambling all night, Gregory had run the $50 he was saving for a Christmas present for his wife in Colorado into $800.
www.geocities.com /privaj/puerto.html   (413 words)

 K. Hemmer: Barbarians in the Gates: Recent Beat Scholarship   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Though it is generally believed by scholars that Corso did not realize his literary potential because of his problems with substance abuse in the 1960s and 1970s, he may still be the only Beat poet who can seriously challenge Ginsberg for the title of laureate of the movement.
Corso is arguably the most humorous of the Beats and was one of the most astute practitioners of surrealism this side of the Atlantic.
"What makes Corso preeminent among the Beats influenced by surrealism," argues Skau, "is his effective use of humor, ranging from the unusual structures producing gentle smiles of the mind to whole poems that seem to exist only for the radical displacement, or punch line, which brings the work to closure" (9).
rmmla.wsu.edu /ereview/55.2/reviews/hemmer.asp   (3053 words)

 Gregory Corso-COSMIC BASEBALL ASSOCIATION-1997 Pisces Player Plate   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Gregory Corso is one of the original Beat poets.
Ginsberg liked the poetry and was also attracted to the dark, Italian Corso who, at 20 years of age, had already experienced the underworld of the underclass.
Gregory is indeed one of the Daddies." (William Burroughs)
www.cosmicbaseball.com /corso7.html   (323 words)

 Gregory Corso, Beat Poet   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
For readers of a certain age, the death of Gregory Corso is as unpleasant a reminder of the passage of time as watching Bob Dylan thank the Academy.
Corso was the royal jester of the Beat Generation with his philosophy of free verse, free love, and free drinks (he was a notorious cheapskate).
By the time Corso was released from prison in 1950, Ginsburg and Kerouac had begun to codify their spontaneity in Greenwich Village coffeehouses and bars, in one of which Corso met Ginsburg.
www.goodbyemag.com /jan01/corso.html   (876 words)

 Woodstock Journal - Gregory Corso   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
After a short commemoration and the reading of a few of Corso's poems by Yarra and Penny Arcade, the urn was put into the ground and Sheri slowly cascaded a shower of red rose petals on it.
The crowd hushed as she murmured "Gregory always loved roses." Mozart flowed through the air from loudspeakers, and the notes of an "independent" clarinet played old Spanish revolutionary songs.
Corso was lyrical all right, but in a highly original, cutting sort of way.
www.woodstockjournal.com /corso7-10.html   (1197 words)

 Tributes to Gregory Corso
Note: Gregory Corso sadly passed away on January 17, 2001—after this issue of JACK came out in the summer of 2000.
The next issue of JACK, out soon, will include a more extensive devotion to Gregory, with the reproduction of a rare work by Gregory titled "Way Out," published by Ira Cohen's Bardo Matrix, as well as tributes to Gregory and reflections by several artists and poets.
Gregory Corso and his daughter Sheri, August 2000.
www.jackmagazine.com /issue2/corso.html   (242 words)

 village voice > books > by Patti Smith
Gregory Corso, the flower of the beat generation, is gone.
Though we were aptly scolded, Gregory counseled me to stick to my irreverent guns and demand more from those who sat before us calling themselves poets.
But before he ascends into some holy card glow, Gregory, being himself, lifts his overcoat, drops his trousers, and as he exposes his poet's rump one last time, cries, "Hey man, kiss my daisy." Ahh Gregory, the years and petals fly.
www.villagevoice.com /issues/0104/smith.shtml   (669 words)

 Corso, Gregory: Hair   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Gregory Corso, along with Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, and Allen Ginsberg, was an early pioneer of Beat Poetry.
Corso has written many poems with one word as their title, including "Sun," "Marriage," "Bomb," and "Power." The single word becomes a beacon which transmits an extended meditation on a unified theme.
In "Hair," Corso explores many of the nuances both of having hair and losing it, of hair's erotic life and its life as detritus in someone's soup.
endeavor.med.nyu.edu /lit-med/lit-med-db/webdocs/webdescrips/corso473-des-.html   (234 words)

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