By Robert Coover
Ros is useless. a foul actress yet an important lover, whilst she used to be alive her thighs pillowed solid contributors, workforce, neighbors and buddies. Now Gerald's get together maintains round her murdered corpse (it is, in spite of everything, simply the 1st of the night), because the visitors bask in ingesting, flirting and jealousies, and the police make their brutal investigations. a night of cocktails, intercourse and violence, Robert Coover's novel is a homicide secret as rousing and disorienting because the most sensible drunken get together, a vaudevillian masterpiece.
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Nineteen forty-eight was, as Ginsberg noted, a pivotal year. ” Williams had achieved success with The Glass Menagerie (1944) and A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), but now he felt like an outcast in his own country, which seemed to be turning totalitarian at home even as it battled totalitarian nations abroad. ” World War II, and the war economy generated by the Cold War and the Korean War, created a new class of American millionaires—a “Babylonian plutocracy,” Tennessee Williams called it. A small circle of writers enjoyed ﬁnancial success, but most had to struggle just to survive.
The world was a horrible place, and suffering was everywhere, Louis insisted, but there was always the ecstasy of poetry. “There is no joy like the joy of creative activity . . of making articu- 37 / Family Business late what is inarticulate and imprisoned in most people,” he explained. When he was a boy, his father’s books were sacred to him. ” Allen was moved by The Everlasting Minute (1937), which Louis dedicated to his wife, whose shadow seems to darken his poems. Long before Allen wrote about Naomi, Louis wrote about her; even Allen’s brother, Eugene, wrote about Naomi before he did, most remarkably in a poem entitled “To My Mother” that was ﬁrst published in the New York Times and later in his own volume of poetry, Rites of Passage.
The world of poetry was inﬁnite and it existed everywhere. You could lose yourself in a single poem — discover its meter, rhyme, metaphors, and similes. Louis showed Allen how to perform poetry. Pacing back and forth in the living room in Paterson, and breathing deeply, he read aloud from the works of Milton, Wordsworth, Dickinson, and so many others. Allen listened enthralled. For the most part, Louis was cool, calm, collected, even when Naomi went mad, but when he read poetry he caught ﬁre and revealed his own raw emotions.