Mainline to the Heart

Mainline to the Heart : And Other Poems

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This new edition of Clive Matson's early poems includes all of Diane di Prima's Poets Press version and adds significant uncollected pieces from the same period. At once obstreperous and innocent, these poems celebrate a place where emotion, sex, and religion come together with overwhelming intensity. In the fifties and sixties Beat Generation writers were revisiting this edgy, full-blooded romantic tradition and Matson joined the exploration with youthful energy. But the quest was fraught with tension.show more

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  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 172.72 x 203.2 x 7.62mm | 113.4g
  • Regent Press
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1587901390
  • 9781587901393

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his new edition of Clive Matson's early poems includes all of Diane di Prima's "Poets Press" version and adds significant uncollected pieces from the same period. At once obstreperous and innocent, these poems celebrate a place where emotion, sex, and religion come together with overwhelming intensity. In the fifties and sixties Beat Generation writers were revisiting this edgy, full-blooded romantic tradition and Matson joined the exploration with youthful energy. But the quest was fraught with tension. To Matson's heart and mind, the Beatific vision morphs into something as sinister as it is beautiful, sex is utterly consuming yet fosters hostility, emotion is an exhilarating current as dangerous as a tsunami, drugs are glorious and bring one to the brink of death. Writing these poems were a crucial part of a young person's growth, as demonstrated by the open, accessible style. The poet's overriding concern is understanding the self and the world. Be-bop and cool riffs, common in the Beats, are truncated or undercut in Matson's work, to arrive quickly and precisely at the point. Mainline to the Heart and Other Poems expresses a confluence of personal and historical forces. Clive Matson was coming of age at the same time the culture was at the height of its 1960s explosion. While the poems cast a sobering light on Beat exuberance, Matson's vibrant imagery makes the personal, visionary, and sexual excitement impossible to deny. Steve Weltner writes, "These poems speak about desire with an exactitude too excruciating to be pornographic. The power of their eroticism has not diminished."show more

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