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News from Columbia's library of rare books and manuscripts


One of the great advantages of working at RBML is not only being surrounded by the fabulous rare and unique books and manuscripts that are important to us, but also having colleagues who share their own discoveries. Today was just such a day: While discussing our Beat Collections with Carrie Hintz, one of the manuscript editors at RBML, Carrie drew a letter from City Lights editor Lawrence Ferlinghetti to the poet Gregory Corso. And not just any letter: In this letter Ferlinghetti accepted the poem 'BOMB' for publication and enclosed a small sketch of the proposalLayout.

Gregory Corso's poem 'BOMB' - first published in 1958 by City Lights in San Francisco - was published as aCalligram, d. H. a poem whose typographical characters are spatially arranged according to the subject or subject of the poem. The letter is from RBML's Allen Ginsberg Papers.

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Ferlinghetti's enthusiastic response also mentions his plan to use the poem as aBroadside, or as a single sheet. The format is particularly suitable for BOMB and graphically enhances the effect of the Corso theme. Columbia's copy of the printed poem is on the left and can be viewed up close in the RBML reading rooms. RBML phone number:B812C818 O5 1958

RBMLalso has a Gregory Corso collection of correspondence, artwork, and the poet's notebooks.

Posted in UncategorizedTagged Beats, Broadside, City Lights, Corso, Ferlinghetti

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