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Overtime: Selected Poems (Poets, Penguin)

ISBN13: 9780140589184
ISBN: 014058918X
Binding: Paperback
List Price: $20.0
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Published Date:
Pages: 336
Average Goodreads rating: 4.24/5 (66 ratings)

Like his college roommate Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen took both poetry and Zen seriously. He became friends with Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and Michael McClure, and played a key role in the explosive poetic revolution of the '50s and '60s. Celebrated for his wisdom and good humor, Whalen transformed the poem for a generation. His writing, taken as a whole, forms a monumental stream of consciousness (or, as Whalen calls it, "continuous nerve movie") of a wild, deeply read, and fiercely independent American—one who refuses to belong, who celebrates and glorifies the small beauties to be found everywhere he looks. This long-awaited Selected Poems is a welcome opportunity to hear his influential voice again.