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Oct. 20th, 2014

The Outlaw Bible of American PoetryThe Outlaw Bible of American Poetry by Alan Kaufman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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.



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