By Lenore Kandel
Jack Kerouac immortalized her in his novel Big Sur. A pupil of Zen, she frolicked with Gary Snyder and Allen Ginsberg and used to be a speaker at San Francisco’s Human Be-In. yet Lenore Kandel was once no muse or hanger-on; she used to be a super lyric poet, usually unabashedly erotic, and that’s the place her legacy lies.
Collected Poems of Lenore Kandel contains eighty examples of her artwork, from the “holy erotica” of her early years to later, extra contemplative works. a few of the poems have by no means been released, others basically in infrequent ephemeral guides. a few are explicit, celebrating carnal love as a part of the divine. Others are funny and canopy extra quotidian topics. A habitual topic is the “divine animal” duality. the gathering comprises poems written from the early fifties up till Kandel’s death.
The paradox of Lenore Kandel is that regardless of her prodigious expertise, she was once one of many least learn and severely favored of recent poets. Kandel chanced on her voice at a time whilst the Beat period used to be giving solution to the countercultural age, and even though she straddled either eras, it intended that she additionally fell in the course of the cracks by way of acceptance. Now for the 1st time the entire diversity of her paintings seems to be in a single quantity.
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