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Poems for Peace: A Benefit Reading for the New York Workshop in Nonviolence

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Poems for Peace: A Benefit Reading for the New York Workshop in Nonviolence

Steeped in the reality of America’s involvement in the Vietnam War, Poems for Peace features a series of avant-garde, beat, and hippie poets on the themes of war, racial violence, and American modernity. Recorded in support of the New York Workshop in Nonviolence, the 1967 album kicks off with the stream-of-consciousness work of the legendary Allen Ginsberg. From there, listeners are treated to an array of poets, including Walter Lowenfels, Armand Schwerner, Ed Sanders, and Jackson Mac Low. For reference the liner notes include the text of most poems, which often exhibit experimental formatting.

Track Listing

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Ginsberg, Allen: Auto Poesy to Nebraska Allen Ginsberg 9:08
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Orlovsky, Peter: June 20, 1961, Tangiers Peter Orlovsky 1:53
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Katzman, Allen: Elegy, Poems from Oklahoma Allen Katzman 3:04
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Dicker, Harold: The Mouth is a Zoo, The Prize of War is Always Harold Dicker 3:26
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MacLow, Jackson: Speech Jackson Mac Low 4:57
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Antin, David: from "The Black Plague" David Antin 3:27
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Sanders, Ed: Peace Freak Poem Ed Sanders 3:41
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Blackburn, Paul: Is any Coherence Worth the Celebration? December Sixth and Seventh Paul Blackburn 5:56
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Schwerner, Armand: from "The Tablets," The Emptying Armand Schwerner 5:14
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Berger, Art: Life has no Dimension Art Berger 1:45
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Lowenfels, Walter: All Our Valises are Packed Walter Lowenfels 2:37
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Plantz, Allen: Heat Wave (A Discontinuous Poem) Allen Plantz 3:04
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