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The definitive collection of anti-establishment American poetry, from Bob Dylan and Jack Kerouac to Sapphire and Tupac Shakur "Welcome to the Wild West of American Poetry, the Hole-In-The-Wall of Blakean vision, a two-fisted saloon of New World dreams where you'll meet the greatest Outlaw voices from the post-war era to the present day. Here are the inventors of the Beat g The definitive collection of anti-establishment American poetry, from Bob Dylan and Jack Kerouac to Sapphire and Tupac Shakur "Welcome to the Wild West of American Poetry, the Hole-In-The-Wall of Blakean vision, a two-fisted saloon of New World dreams where you'll meet the greatest Outlaw voices from the post-war era to the present day. Here are the inventors of the Beat generation and the heroes of today's Spoken Word movement, poets who don't get taught in American poetry 101, yet hold the literary future in their tattooed hands." So begins The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, a primer for generational revolt and poetic expression, and an enduring document of the visionary tradition of authenticity and nonconformity in literature. From the Beat poetry of the '50s to the spoken word of the 1990s, The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry brings readers the words, visions, and extravagant lives of bohemians, beatniks, hippies, punks, and slackers. This exuberant manifesto includes lives of the poets, on-the-scene testimony, seminal underground articles never before collected, photographs of clubs and cafes, interviews, and, above all, the poems.


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The definitive collection of anti-establishment American poetry, from Bob Dylan and Jack Kerouac to Sapphire and Tupac Shakur "Welcome to the Wild West of American Poetry, the Hole-In-The-Wall of Blakean vision, a two-fisted saloon of New World dreams where you'll meet the greatest Outlaw voices from the post-war era to the present day. Here are the inventors of the Beat g The definitive collection of anti-establishment American poetry, from Bob Dylan and Jack Kerouac to Sapphire and Tupac Shakur "Welcome to the Wild West of American Poetry, the Hole-In-The-Wall of Blakean vision, a two-fisted saloon of New World dreams where you'll meet the greatest Outlaw voices from the post-war era to the present day. Here are the inventors of the Beat generation and the heroes of today's Spoken Word movement, poets who don't get taught in American poetry 101, yet hold the literary future in their tattooed hands." So begins The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, a primer for generational revolt and poetic expression, and an enduring document of the visionary tradition of authenticity and nonconformity in literature. From the Beat poetry of the '50s to the spoken word of the 1990s, The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry brings readers the words, visions, and extravagant lives of bohemians, beatniks, hippies, punks, and slackers. This exuberant manifesto includes lives of the poets, on-the-scene testimony, seminal underground articles never before collected, photographs of clubs and cafes, interviews, and, above all, the poems.

30 review for The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry

  1. 5 out of 5

    Allen Taylor

    This is a fabulous book of poetry. Not the kind of poetry you're going to read in your high school English Lit class. This is real straight-from-the-gut poetry. But you'll recognize some of the names here - Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and other famous poets. But most of the poets here are real wild and not your straight-laced academics. My only criticism is that it is heavily weighted toward Beat poetry, probably a little too much, but the poetry it includes (most of it) is well worth the read. Hu This is a fabulous book of poetry. Not the kind of poetry you're going to read in your high school English Lit class. This is real straight-from-the-gut poetry. But you'll recognize some of the names here - Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and other famous poets. But most of the poets here are real wild and not your straight-laced academics. My only criticism is that it is heavily weighted toward Beat poetry, probably a little too much, but the poetry it includes (most of it) is well worth the read. Huge book!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kyleigh

    This collection made me believe in myself as a person, a writer, and a poet. I found it one day while browsing the book-store with my abusive ex-boyfriend in sophomore year of high school. I skimmed the pages and came across over a dozen poems that I could relate to. I begged to recieeve it as a christmas gift from my mom and when I got it and read the entire thing, it made me come to the realization, that just like all of these poets, musicians, and authors, I WAS JUST AS POWERFUL. After readin This collection made me believe in myself as a person, a writer, and a poet. I found it one day while browsing the book-store with my abusive ex-boyfriend in sophomore year of high school. I skimmed the pages and came across over a dozen poems that I could relate to. I begged to recieeve it as a christmas gift from my mom and when I got it and read the entire thing, it made me come to the realization, that just like all of these poets, musicians, and authors, I WAS JUST AS POWERFUL. After reading this collection, I took to writing poetry and came to my senses about everything that was hurting me in my life. I was able to gather the power to leave the abusive boyfriend, stand up for myself and what I believed in, and write with my heart and soul. This collection is truly inspiring. It is my favorite thing in my entire book collection,

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tosh

    Now this is a fun little (well actually big) anthology of poetry by bad asses of all sorts. You are pissed. Angry even. This is the book that will add the salt to the open wound. Poor it on baby because you are going to eat this book like it's the last meal.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bill Chamberlain

    I liked the concept of the anthology, for these last several decades so much of “establishment poetry” seems indiscriminate. But this book, excluding maybe a half-dozen poems, was utterly bogus. It featured the same circle-jerk as “the establishment”, only these poems lacked any sort of craft or refinement. One especially memorable stanza said: “I want people to hear my poetry and vomit.” Mission accomplished.

  5. 5 out of 5

    The Boogerhead

    Bombastic and overwhelming, missing a few key figures because their families wouldn't grant the publishing rights (Bukowski), but contains others that might not have been included, like Tupac Shakur & Tom Waits. A good intro.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Seven

    you're not a poet if it's not on your shelf!!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dennis

    Marvelous anthology of the poetry of some of America's most renegade poets...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    OK...though this is one of my favorite books of poetry, I am selective about which poets I've really enjoyed from it. I do credit this book, however, with introducing me to slam poetry, the likes of which I'd never read or heard onstage before. At the time, I was in college, and The Outlaw Bible helped me discover such poetic "outlaws" as Tupac Shakur, Patricia Smith, Taylor Mali, Pedro Pietri, Mike Mollett, and Bob Flanagan (of Sick fame). The major difference, as I see it, between this book and OK...though this is one of my favorite books of poetry, I am selective about which poets I've really enjoyed from it. I do credit this book, however, with introducing me to slam poetry, the likes of which I'd never read or heard onstage before. At the time, I was in college, and The Outlaw Bible helped me discover such poetic "outlaws" as Tupac Shakur, Patricia Smith, Taylor Mali, Pedro Pietri, Mike Mollett, and Bob Flanagan (of Sick fame). The major difference, as I see it, between this book and most of the ones that you'll read in school is that The Outlaw Bible discusses openly subjects such as sex (both hetero- and homosexual), violence, sadism, masochism, drug abuse (in a positive light), and rape. Though the classical poets may have covered these subjects as well, it seems they were often disguised by flowery language, such that you'd never know what they meant. Not here! Actually, my major criticism of the book (and the reason I wouldn't give it 5 stars) is that it isn't particularly well organized. There is a chapter called "Slammers," and also "Prologue: Voices from Outlaw Heaven," which offers poems from those who are no longer with us. However, the majority are listed under "American Renegades"; maybe it's just that most poets aren't able to be classified, and that was the closest common thread that they had. So, for anyone who loves spoken word and beat poetry, or for those who are looking to expand their repertoire, I'd recommend The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kitty

    As stated in the publisher's note, "the anthology's intent is to create a forum for poetry that is urgent, visceral and at times redemptive". In this Bible there are poems which make me laugh, cry, and poems which turn my stomach that I would never call poems. There are poems which have nothing to do with changing society and poems which can ONLY change something about the person reading them, which will in fact, change society. Ezra Pound, the father of the maxim “Make it new” also said that “T As stated in the publisher's note, "the anthology's intent is to create a forum for poetry that is urgent, visceral and at times redemptive". In this Bible there are poems which make me laugh, cry, and poems which turn my stomach that I would never call poems. There are poems which have nothing to do with changing society and poems which can ONLY change something about the person reading them, which will in fact, change society. Ezra Pound, the father of the maxim “Make it new” also said that “The poet is the antenna of the species.” But further, to quote again the publishers, "The poets here have peeled back the skin of the heart... the result of so much heavy throttle tends to be that you've visited a place you'll remember." The anthology opens with Whitman’s “Shut not your doors”, closes with his “Poets to come” and on p. 194, “Song of the Open Road.”. The bible has examples of Renegades, abomunists (Bob Kaufman’s jail poems p. 69), the anti-establishment, be here, be now beats, who repeat the 14th century Villon like Gregory Corso, (p. 152) but know about Dada rocking horses of absurdity, surrealists, history; the meat poets and the slammers, who want recognition, not necessarily truth; the barbarians who met at the café Babar where “poetry is commited”... and the living theatre and happenings of the Carma Bums (1989) and Lost Tribe. In the “Bible” there are people like Henry Miller, who gives 20th c. advice to poets: “first, ask yourself if you have anything to say. Use an axe for your first draft.” There is correspondance between Wm. Carlos Wms. and Harold Norse. 1957 –a time before photocopiers, internet, personal computers; a time when writing poetry was to give in to the subconscious, and what was really going on through Williams’ variable foot – as well as experiments with density, complexity of language sounds and syntax. The question "when will man know how to live?" is indeed timeless, and this Outlaw Bible gives multiple ponderings. I was glad to see women activitists represented as well as working poets, and many poems about and inspired by art. A sampling of poems: some are merely poems of lyrical rage shaped for consumption and what Kenneth Patchen calls poems written in the evening of the two-fisted prayer. Some are merely personal diaries of frustration. There are poems which address the difficulty of being identified as American where you don’t feel like the American who is providing a reputation for you. (George Tsongas' summary of “The States” – It’s an/ amazing /place, where/ no one enjoys// life// but they/all want/to live/ forever ) and poem snapshots of McDonalds, poems which look at abstract art, fortune cookies and woody woodpecker and barbie (521). Poems which explain living on the edge, and embrace the slogan “NOW is THEN’S only tomorrow”. There is Father Daniel Berrigan next to mention of of a drunken Jack Kerouac and Burroughs who shot his wife. A short poem about relationship by Ken Kesey (One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest) next to the title "French rebel Rimbaud resurrected to see the dentist". Shock value can range from a graphic description of a condemned man who could request to humiliate a prisoner w/ oral sex to Mona Lisa’s alopiecia and Rodin’s Thinker’s bunions. In the end, it is hard not to feel a real call for engagement.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Matthew DeCostanza

    I hate this book because the editor's intent seems to be to turn off aspiring literates from poetry forever. The selection is mixed, Mike Topp, Frank O'Hara, Harold Norse, Tom Waits and other left-of-center artists representing the good side, and a pastiche of Ani DiFranco ripoffs and shitty Z-list beat poets champing the other. Some other questionable inclusions: Why, of all Ginsberg poems, would you put motherfucking Homage to Hersch in there? At least have Please Master so the kids can derp a I hate this book because the editor's intent seems to be to turn off aspiring literates from poetry forever. The selection is mixed, Mike Topp, Frank O'Hara, Harold Norse, Tom Waits and other left-of-center artists representing the good side, and a pastiche of Ani DiFranco ripoffs and shitty Z-list beat poets champing the other. Some other questionable inclusions: Why, of all Ginsberg poems, would you put motherfucking Homage to Hersch in there? At least have Please Master so the kids can derp at the anal sex. And why are Woody Guthrie and Tupac goddamn Shakur in there in the first place? ... I need to stop reading poetry. It angries up the blood. Someone in these reviews said that this is "not the kind of poetry you're going to read in your high school English Lit class", which is funny because that's exactly where I learned about this book. In my high school English lit class. One day the disgusting 30-going-on-55 instructor came in flaunting the book like a stein of manna, desperately pleading for acceptance with her cool book of punk rock poetry that she bought for 45 bucks at the local airport novel bookstore. Yuck.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Gallagher

    What a great collection of poetry - much of it rebellious in tone (the great American virtue). It literally is the "wafer thin mint" because it truly leaves you craving more. This collection really spans our literary history. The undergrounds, the Beats, the Punks and even Walt Whitman, for good measure. And it's not just their "best known works" - for instance, Ginsburg is here but "Howl" is not. It just gives you a tiny taste of what these artists created and you want to rush out and read more What a great collection of poetry - much of it rebellious in tone (the great American virtue). It literally is the "wafer thin mint" because it truly leaves you craving more. This collection really spans our literary history. The undergrounds, the Beats, the Punks and even Walt Whitman, for good measure. And it's not just their "best known works" - for instance, Ginsburg is here but "Howl" is not. It just gives you a tiny taste of what these artists created and you want to rush out and read more. For someone who has created poetry (and prose) for 25 years now, and knew who and what she liked, it was still really magical to discover something like David Lerner's "Mein Kampf".

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jason Robinson

    This pithy volume stayed in my backpack for months when I was living in Athens, Georgia during the early 2000's. Many nights I sat with drinks or coffee at restaurants and cafes poring over these postmodern and experimental poems. a must read for anyone who likes modern poetry and writing that truly pushes the boundaries.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    To the extent that any biker, anarchist, counter-culturist, revolutionary, atheist or artist should even have a "bible," this is the most varied, richly diverse -- yet often complementarily meaningful -- collections I have come across.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Misti Rainwater-Lites

    I love David Lerner. He is the star of this book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tory

    I read this in a library 5 years ago. Mostly I remember it for introducing me to Gregory Corso.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    I mean, it's fine for what it is, but to be honest the whole thing is really just supposed to be enticing based on the rebel yell promised by the title. A lot of good poetry, a lot of stupid poetry, not anything I'd recommend to people, outlaws or no. A lot of people have the wrong idea that poetry has to be rebellious to be good, or that Being A Poet means breaking all the rules, getting drunk and peeing everywhere, slapping asses and screaming in people's faces. If this were true, G.G. Allin I mean, it's fine for what it is, but to be honest the whole thing is really just supposed to be enticing based on the rebel yell promised by the title. A lot of good poetry, a lot of stupid poetry, not anything I'd recommend to people, outlaws or no. A lot of people have the wrong idea that poetry has to be rebellious to be good, or that Being A Poet means breaking all the rules, getting drunk and peeing everywhere, slapping asses and screaming in people's faces. If this were true, G.G. Allin would have been the greatest poet ever. What people generally don't realize that poetry is one of the most demanding art forms ever, and requires discipline and exactitude and zen-like attention to detail that gets lost in the glamour of barbaric yawps and seasons in hell, particularly for the sophomoric, wannabe, know-nothing types who need an excuse to act out. Forgive the rant, seeing the cover reminded me of my time in undergrad with a friend who couldn't stop reading from it like it gave him honorary badass status or something.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Stan

    A great anthology of Poets.Raw real poetry not what you find in high school or college English. class. This is poetry of the streets and cities. While there are a number of Beat poets in the collection tit is heavily reliant on the Street poets. Like all anthologies there are some poets I did not care for but overall this was a great collection and gave me a list of poets to search out their books.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jim Manis

    A tome of late 20th century angry, counterculture, etc. poetry. Interesting, sometimes good, more often just fun.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Brad

    Like any anthology, some of these poems struck me on a personal level and some didn't have any effect on me whatsoever. That being said, I enjoyed the majority of the works held within.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    It took me a year [with pauses] to read this book cover to cover. It changed me. I loved it. These are the poems of our times, the voice of real people. Read it!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Caltrider

    Such a great collection.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Robert Jonsson

    The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry innehåller allt från Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Leonard Cohen till Tupac Shakur. Men mestadel är det mindre kända poeter. Det är namn jag aldrig tidigare hört. Det är beat, hipsters, slam, spoken-word och gatans poesi. Det är fängelsepoesi. Poesi från samhällets utstötta. De galna, fängelsekunderna, sökarna, missbrukarna, de socialt slagna, de törstiga och hungriga, de vars vingar av kärlek är fullständigt knäckta. Det är ord från de som har varit med The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry innehåller allt från Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Leonard Cohen till Tupac Shakur. Men mestadel är det mindre kända poeter. Det är namn jag aldrig tidigare hört. Det är beat, hipsters, slam, spoken-word och gatans poesi. Det är fängelsepoesi. Poesi från samhällets utstötta. De galna, fängelsekunderna, sökarna, missbrukarna, de socialt slagna, de törstiga och hungriga, de vars vingar av kärlek är fullständigt knäckta. Det är ord från de som har varit med om något. Poesi från människor som i många fall inte äger annat än just kärleken till ordet. Ord från de som har något att berätta. Och det är äkta. Och det märks. Och det tilltalar mig, - av varierande grad. Där några saker är riktigt bra, andra sämre. Och en del saker måste jag säga får mig att rycka på axlarna. Och kanske är det språkbarriären som gör detta. Som ställer till det en del. Jag har inga problem att förstå vad som skrivs, men ändå. Det tar tid. Texterna når mig inte lika direkt som om de vore skrivna i Svenska. Och i vissa fall har jag svårt att riktigt nå kärnan. Och det är ju så klar synd, då texterna om man skall försöka binda ihop dem alla i ett gemensamt drag. Ge det en form, nog mest liknar ett vapen. De – texterna - ger en känsla av att direkt och precist som tonen av en Magnum 44 vilja stanna och bli kvar i ditt ansikte. Och det är svårt att ge ett betyg till en sån här bibel som spänner över drygt 700 sidor. Men innehållet i den är i många fall av riktigt bra klass. Och den är mycket bra paketerad och presenterad, med ett Lexicon på slutet som ger lite bakgrundsinformation om varje poet. Jag ger den en svag fyra, som nog skulle bli högre om jag bara kunde ta till mig en del texter lika direkt som de som skrev dikterna var ute efter. Slumpstycket: The System – A.D Winans There are old men and women Who have worked all their lives Who have put in three four decades for the right to a pension There are old people who have worked Twenty years or more Only to be laid off and given Two weeks severance pay There are old people who have Worked their entire life Only to see the company go belly-up And find there is no pension fund left You can find them on park benches or wandering sterile supermarkets Or sitting at neighborhoods bars Nursing their drinks Like a blood transfusion The come in assorted flavors Like Life Savers Some thin and balding Some fat and sweating Some complaining bitterly Some too proud To let the pain show So proud they eat dog food And find dessert in back alley Garbage cans Trapped by a belief in a system That has abandoned them For the most part they suffer In silence Duly unnoticed To be carted off in meat wagons Waiting to be cut open by coroners Who see them as morning cereal Who go about their business Like a butcher Thinking of dinner Thinking of how it used to be How it might have been How it should have been How it could have been It’s the way of life It’s the way of politicians It’s the way of rats and mice It’s the system where Just trying to stay alive Becomes a small victory

  23. 4 out of 5

    Miss.dee

    From the Beat poetry of the '50s to the spoken word of today, The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry brings readers the words, visions, and extravagant lives of bohemians, beatniks, hippies, punks, and slackers. Like Donald Allen's epochal New American Poetry, The Outlaw Bible will serve as a primer for generational revolt and poetic expression, and is an enduring document of the visionary tradition of authenticity and nonconformity in literature. This exuberant manifesto includes lives of the poet From the Beat poetry of the '50s to the spoken word of today, The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry brings readers the words, visions, and extravagant lives of bohemians, beatniks, hippies, punks, and slackers. Like Donald Allen's epochal New American Poetry, The Outlaw Bible will serve as a primer for generational revolt and poetic expression, and is an enduring document of the visionary tradition of authenticity and nonconformity in literature. This exuberant manifesto includes lives of the poets, on-the-scene testimony, seminal underground articles never before collected, photographs of clubs and cafes, interviews, and, above all, the poems. Editor and self-proclaimed Outlaw poet Kaufman has gathered into a single volume the voices of more than two hundred poets who don't get taught in American poetry 101. A multigenerational anthology of work by those who follow the off-road literary paths of Whitman and Ginsberg. ID-driven, political, and sexually explicit, these poems speak in the vernacular of the street, touting oppositional art as a weapon against poverty, corporate capitalism, discrimination, and violence. The renegades of the spoken word universe.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lamar

    so far so good. This is a good collection of poets that are kings and queens of the underground press. There is a good selection of slam poetry that is not always presented in anthology form, which is a worthy enterprise in itself. Blessedly, some of the big names of the post beats are missing, and I mean 'blessedly' because the representation for academic and for decidedly non-academic academic narrative fills the shelves of every bookseller in the world. It's good to read what you don't alread so far so good. This is a good collection of poets that are kings and queens of the underground press. There is a good selection of slam poetry that is not always presented in anthology form, which is a worthy enterprise in itself. Blessedly, some of the big names of the post beats are missing, and I mean 'blessedly' because the representation for academic and for decidedly non-academic academic narrative fills the shelves of every bookseller in the world. It's good to read what you don't already know, and that's what makes this collection such an ending triumph for Alan Kaufman, he brings the poetry to us, the readers, without all the polish and gloss, and also without all the hunting for current great poems. I do wish that more of the poets of RD Armstrong's Little Red Book series were in here though, but a few are, as are poets published by Ray Foreman in his Clark Street and earlier Coffee Street press. RD and Ray both should have been in this collection but there are other Bibles of American poetry to be published, and this Outlaw tome is a fucking great introduction.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alexia

    I've tried reading this book twice and I'm OVER it. Fair warning: I've never been a fan of poetry. It's taken me a while to warm up to it and after an awesome Walt Whitman experience and finishing a couple books of sonnets that I liked I thought I'd check out beat poetry. Bad decision. I'm about 200 pages or so in and most of it seems word salad-y (ringing, stinging, flower stalks, glory devine, chair overturned on an overwhelmed platform--WHAT IS GOING ON RIGHT NOW I HAVE NO IDEA) and heavy hand I've tried reading this book twice and I'm OVER it. Fair warning: I've never been a fan of poetry. It's taken me a while to warm up to it and after an awesome Walt Whitman experience and finishing a couple books of sonnets that I liked I thought I'd check out beat poetry. Bad decision. I'm about 200 pages or so in and most of it seems word salad-y (ringing, stinging, flower stalks, glory devine, chair overturned on an overwhelmed platform--WHAT IS GOING ON RIGHT NOW I HAVE NO IDEA) and heavy handed (oppression, more oppression, systems/THE MAN keeping you down etc. etc.). I like abstract art a lot and it seems like, thematically, abstract art and beat poetry are grouped together. But I fail to see the link. I'm open to hearing reasons why I'm dead wrong. I'm actually a little worried that my intense dislike means I don't really understand it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    James

    An important anthology of poets, some known, many not, who can be described as outlaws in the American tradition from the Beats to slam poets to prison writers. Like any anthology, though, it's a mixed bag, some excellent, some mediocre. Some poets probably deserved more, some less. The absence of Bukowski is notable (though addressed in the introduction). Sometimes, I wanted a little more context rather than just a long list of poems thrown at me. Still, overall, a strong collection that is wor An important anthology of poets, some known, many not, who can be described as outlaws in the American tradition from the Beats to slam poets to prison writers. Like any anthology, though, it's a mixed bag, some excellent, some mediocre. Some poets probably deserved more, some less. The absence of Bukowski is notable (though addressed in the introduction). Sometimes, I wanted a little more context rather than just a long list of poems thrown at me. Still, overall, a strong collection that is worth seeking out to discover some under-read figures.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Todd

    This book is MASSIVE... I put it on my "reading" list because for some time now I have been fingering my way through it. So far it has a lot of good stuff, and some not so good stuff. I'll probably have this on my "reading" list for a very long time because obviously it isn't a book you can just sit down and read like you would any other novel. But some day in the distant future I will FINISH it (maybe)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Bob

    This is probably the best bible you could ever read. Some amazing poets from some of the classic beat poets to some modern folks to some activist folks and a lot more! Everytime I crack that book open I find a great poem lying within. It also has a few awesome pictures! I suggest everyone go out and get a copy through whatever means it takes. I believe they have a copy at the BMK Infoshop in DC so help them out and get a really great bible of some kick ass poetry!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Arguello

    Wow!!! Who knew poetry was like a tiger!! This book has teeth, a heart of fire, everything! It is a great collection of poets who live on the edge and write beyond the box. Highlights for me were d.a. Levy, Jack Micheline, and Sapphire. However, it is all of excellent quality. This is a must for any poetic soul.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Brandon

    My biggest complaint about this anthology is the inclusion of pop culture icons better known for their part in other types of art (such as musicians Patti Smith, Tupac Shakur, Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison, and so on). I was happy to see poems by d.a. levy and Bob Flanagan, and very happy to see a whole section devoted to the Unbearables.

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