BOOK REVIEW–The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry





The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, – edited by Alan Kaufman – is an anthology of American underground poets spanning the post-war era to the present day. First published in 1999, the collection features work from several notable poets, including Jack Micheline, Patti Smith, Harold Norse, David Trinidad, Tuli Kupferberg, D.A. Levy, Bob Kaufman, Jim Chandler, Jim Brodey, Daniel Higgs, Jack Kerouac, Bonny Finberg, David Lerner, Richard Brautigan, Allen Ginsberg, Tom Waits, William S. Burroughs, Carlos ac Libera, Ken Kesey, Justin Chin, DianDi Prima, Charles Bukowski, and FrancEyE, among others.      

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The term Outlaw Poet is one used by the author to describe the unconventional, the Beat poets- original and inspired by- the Outsiders, anti-authoritarian, anti-Vietnam war, those gritty, sometimes controversial writers of verse who are is often shunned by the ruling academic circles. This book is immense !  673 pages of poems, short biographies  and essays plus a short b/w photo section in the middle.

I find the book a fascinating dip-in type tome. This lucky dip approach never fails to give me a ‘win’, but I would think any approach would be rewarding for anybody interested in this genre of poetry.

It can be pricey new, but a 2nd hand copy’s a steal ! (approx £5 + PnP)


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