Ed Sanders : REVS OF THE MORROW
Cover by Red Grooms
Ed Sanders has been all over the map and always remained close to the center of counterculture resistance and in the forefront of defenders of freedom of speech. In this collection of new poems, he revisits some of his substantial fellow travelers, in poems to Ginsberg, Kerouac, Snyder, Ferlinghetti, and Olson. He pens odes to anarchist Emma Goldman and environmentalist Rachel Carson. He attacks our nation’s leaders from Hamilton to Cheney, lavishes attention on a poem by Sappho (Greek included), and ends with a moving tale based on a story by Chekhov.
Ed Sanders was born August 17, 1939 in Kansas City, Missouri. He dropped out of the University of Missouri in 1958 and hitchhiked to New York City’s Greenwich Village. He wrote “Poem From Jail” on toilet paper in his cell after being jailed for protesting against nuclear proliferation in 1961. In 1962, he founded the mimeo poetry magazine, Fuck You: A Magazine of the Arts. Sanders’ Peace Eye Bookstore at 147 Avenue A became a gathering place for bohemians and radicals. Sanders graduated from New York University in 1964, with a degree in Classics. In 1965, he founded the band The Fugs with Tuli Kupferberg. The Fugs put out a number of records on the Reprise label in the late 1960s. The band broke up in 1969 and reformed in 1984. In 1971, Sanders wrote The Family, a profile of the events leading up to the Tate-LaBianca murders. He obtained access to the Manson Family by posing as a "Satanic guru-maniac and dope-trapped psychopath." As of 2006, Sanders lives in Woodstock, New York, where he publishes The Woodstock Journal with his wife of over 36 years, the writer and painter Miriam R. Sanders. He has invented musical instruments, including the Talking Tie, the microtonal Microlyre, and the Lisa Lyre, a musical contraption involving light-activated switches and a reproduction of Da Vinci's Mona Lisa.
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