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 pupil 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 was once 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 paintings, from the “holy erotica” of her early years to later, extra contemplative works. a few of the poems have by no means been released, others simply in infrequent ephemeral guides. a few are explicit, celebrating carnal love as a part of the divine. Others are funny and canopy extra quotidian matters. A ordinary subject is the “divine animal” duality. the gathering contains poems written from the early fifties up till Kandel’s death.

The paradox of Lenore Kandel is that regardless of her prodigious expertise, she was once one of many least learn and significantly preferred of recent poets. Kandel stumbled on her voice at a time while the Beat period used to be giving approach to the countercultural age, and although she straddled either eras, it intended that she additionally fell in the course of the cracks by way of attractiveness. Now for the 1st time the entire variety of her paintings seems in a single volume.

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