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My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer (Wesleyan Poetry) Cover Image
By Jack Spicer, Peter Gizzi (Editor), Kevin Killian (Editor)
ISBN: 9780819570901
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Wesleyan University Press - August 15th, 2010

For my money, Jack Spicer is the best American poet of the 20th century. A forefather of the Beat movement (though his work doesn't share many of the maddening qualities of Beat poetry), his work is at times emotionally cathartic, surreal, and imagistic. Spicer's personal history is also fascinating and is presented at the beginning of the book. A truly genius poet who unfortunately doesn't get his due-- read this and weep.