Rain Taxi Reviews The Poetry and Politics of Allen Ginsberg


There is a review of Eliot Katz’s new book, The Poetry and Politics of Allen Ginsberg, in the latest issue of Rain Taxi.

”Katz’s analysis is readable and enjoyable while offering a scholarly view of Ginsberg’s most influential poems, including “Howl,” which appropriately gets a full chapter here. Katz is able to explicate the originality with which Ginsberg converted his political views into poetry, making them resonate powerfully to his audiences.

Previous biographies and books about Ginsberg’s life and work have appeared, but The Poetry and Politics of Allen Ginsberg is the first that explicitly analyzes Ginsberg’s political poetry and dissects his progressive influence on our culture. Katz’s book is a lively read regarding the poet of poets who shaped the political views of a generation.”

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Other reviewers and readers have said: The Poetry and Politics of Allen Ginsberg

Eliot Katz has put together a valuable and extensive investigation into the role of politics in the life and work of an important poet, adding an important dimension to Beat Generation scholarship. His book is both detailed and yet accessible, and will doubtless be useful to students and fans of the Beat Generation. – Ragazine

Eliot Katz’s book The Poetry and Politics of Allen Ginsberg deserves to be part of any academic reading list. It is a labor of love, intelligence and humility. – Marc Olmsted, Sensitive Skin Magazine

This book is an excellent look at Ginsberg and the world he saw around him. – Evil Cyclist Book Blog

In this perfectly researched and immensely readable book, Katz has tackled this important aspect of Ginsberg’s work and reminds people in this apathetic and polarized world that raising our voices and becoming involved can make a difference. Ginsberg never shied away from addressing issues head-on and Katz’s book makes his timeless ideas shine through with crystalline brilliance. – Bill Morgan

The Poetry and Politics of Allen Ginsberg is the most engaging and rigorous analysis of Ginsberg’s political poetry yet attempted. – Kurt Hemmer

“Eliot Katz has created an insightful and thought-provoking book […] very well researched” – Poetry Spoken Here podcast

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