Greogory Corso – A Dark Arriviste

  • Gregory Corso March 26, 1930

  • His drawing
    Gregory Corso. Original drawing, undated, probably 1970.

    Patty first met Gregory Corso at a party given by Charles Henri Ford at his apartment in the Dakota. She recalls “Gregory was quite a madman…He just gave them [the drawings and manuscripts in her archive] to me later…I think he liked me….I would see him from time to time…”

    Gasoline – The Imaginary and the Pure

    ‘I think Corso is a more perfect poet, unique and independent of modes and manners’

    – Allen Ginsberg

    ‘….it comes; I tell you, immense with gasolined

    rags and bits of wire and old bent nails, a dark

    arriviste, from a dark river within.’

    – Gregory Corso

    It seems an almost well accepted fact that more than fifty years on from when it was first published in 1958, Gasoline (City Lights, 1958) by Beat poet Gregory Corso is a seminal book in the birth of that particular literary generation. Yet today, when compared to Burroughs, Ginsberg, Kerouac, the other major Beat writers, his work is still relatively ignored, and while their books can be found in large amounts in most British and American bookshops, Corso is still almost untraceable.

  • Jack Kerouac’s – List of 30 Beliefs and Techniques for Prose and Life
    Some samples here.

    – No time for poetry but exactly what is
    -Visionary tics shivering in the chest
    -In tranced fixation dreaming upon object before you
    -Remove literary, grammatical and syntactical inhibition
    -Like Proust be an old teahead of time