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Cultural Affairs in Boston

Wieners, John

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ISBN 10: 0876857403 / ISBN 13: 9780876857403
Published by Black Sparrow Pr, Santa Rosa, 1988
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Limited 4132/226 cc signed by John Wieners, Robert Creeley and Raymond Foye. Protected with a mylar wrap. Bookseller Inventory # 4001520

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Title: Cultural Affairs in Boston

Publisher: Black Sparrow Pr, Santa Rosa

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

About this title


Black Mountain don Robert Creeley wrote of his contemporary John Wieners, "there is no one for whom that city [Boston], or any other, has proved so determining and generative an experience." In Cultural Affairs in Boston, Wieners writes as a man imbued with the spirit of the City upon a Hill, but also with all that is antithetical to Winthrop's town: Wieners recounts dalliances with men behind night-ensconced park statues; jaunts to New York City and elsewhere with fellow libertines; and, of course, drugs ("Our faces show the strain / at 30. Hah, 30! we'll never see again / why heroin redeems us.").

Still, this collection is notable for the way in which poet and place are both intertwined and brought into stunning focus for the reader, no matter how unfamiliar with Boston or temperate the reader be. As Creeley continues, "nor do these poems, any of them, seem ever some place else . . . they're here, as we are."

Gifted and neglected, John Wieners bedazzled all who encountered his work, and this particular work, putting Wieners into his beloved context, is bound to win over the unacquainted.


1930 Jazz
238 Cambridge Street: An Ocasional Verse
2nd Communique For The Heads
Adult, To His Inspiration
After You Go In The Dark Room
Anatomy Worked Over,
Ancient Blue Star!
And What Is Nothingness
As Preface To Transmutations
At The Carnival
Audience Of One
Berkeley St Bridge
The Book And The Lamp
Charity Balls
The Cut
December 30
Drug Fantasy
An Evocation To Tommy Dorsey
Fifteen Minutes In A Cheap Hotel
For A Cover Of Art News
For Huncke
For The Mind Of 38 Grove Street 3rd Front
The Fountainhead
The Future
'god Is The Organ Of Novelty'
Grey Sabath
Grown Out Of Habit
'hart Crane, Harry Crosby...'
Home Surgery At Merchant Marine
I Despair Of Love
I've Lived Here Longer Than Anybody Else And I Know Where Everything
In The Beginning
It Was Yours
The Keyholer
The Loneliness
Memories Of Gerrit
Memories Of You
Monday Sunrise
Money Is Not Monogamous
My Darling Father And Son
New Beaches
Night Samba
Night, That Last Month Of The Last'
No Gods, Mother, Boys, Beauty
On A Fats Navaro Record
On The First Page
On The Photograph Of William Carlos Williams Appearing As The Cover On
Paltry Freedom
Parking Lot
The Party That No One Came To
'peyote Poem'
Plane, Train, Car, Bus, Or Boat
Poem For #238
Poetry And The Social
The Pool Hall
Prime Time
The Rose At The End Of The Saloon
San Francisco, 1958
Sexual Facts Are Tiring, Too
'some Black Man Looms In My Life...'
Steve Magellanstraits
The Take For Granteds
To Charles Olson
To D
To Denise Levertov
To H
To Labor, Power And Energized Devotion
To Those Of Born Divine
Two Men
We Would Be Two Men
What A Poet Is For...
What Happened In The Woods At Rockingham County
What Happened?
What I Imagine To Be My Love Whispers In The Corner
Where Fled
White Rum And Limes
Withered On The Stem
You Do Not Come
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®

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