Gasoline & The Vestal Lady on Brattle by Gregory Corso

Gasoline & The Vestal Lady on Brattle

Gregory Corso was born on March 26, 1930 in New York City. His first book of poetry was published by City Lights Press in 1955.

Details Gasoline & The Vestal Lady on Brattle

TitleGasoline & The Vestal Lady on Brattle
Release DateJan 1st, 2001
PublisherCity Lights
GenrePoetry, Literature, American, 20th Century

Reviews Gasoline & The Vestal Lady on Brattle

  • Ben
    A good collection from one of the more undervalued Beat poets. Corso has strong merits, but his work comes across as darker and more pessimistic than others, and does not speak to me in the way that Ferlinghetti does or (to a lesser extent) Ginsberg. Much as "Howl" was in many ways Ginsberg's defining poem, "Bomb" (not contained in this collection) was that for Corso. The other poems in this collection do not come close to that masterpiece, thoug...
  • Mat
    Wow and I say again wow. One of the best collections of modern surreal poetry I have EVER read. Already very impressed with Corso's first book of poetry, The Vestal Lady on Brattle, Gasoline showcases Corso's explosive growth as a poet. This book features some of his well-known poems like 'Mad Yak' and 'I am 25' and 'Last Night I Drove a Car' which Corso himself called a 'weirdo' poem. (Listen to 'The Three Angels' CD in which you can hear Corso,...
  • Paul Stubbs
    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 booksh...
  • Erika B. (SOS BOOKS)
    Thus begins my sojourn into the life and poetry of Gregory Corso. He and I will be pretty tight all the way until May (thank you college). Good thing there is something about his words that really draws me into his verses. He's my "Urban Shelley." One reviewer on here called him the Ringo Star of the Beats, to which I totally and completely agree. Two favorite poems from this work-I Am 25With a love a madness for ShelleyChatterton Rimbaudand the ...
  • Happydog
    Corso is probably the least well-known of the Beat writers. More people know of Kerouac, Ginsberg and Burroughs. However, Corso, in many ways, is a more finessed and nuanced poet. He has a deeper artistic background than any of the above-named gents, and his knowledge of the great poets of the past (and the great painters as well) informs his word choice and metaphors. He can be more abstract and more flowing than his contemporaries, and yet he c...
  • Kasandra
    I'd only read a couple of Corso's poems before this book, and I expected to like it much better than I did. The pluses: playfulness, bizarre hilarity, surreal and vivid imagery, spontaneity. The minuses: a lack of focus overall, a consistent tone of self-importance that intruded on a lot of the better poetry, what felt like sloppy, unedited pieces in some places, and a feeling of "whatever, this is jazz so I can be obscure". I especially liked "P...
  • Brandon
    Well, 3 and a half. These are really early Corso poems, from 1955 and '58 respectively. The good ones are really good, he gets up in the air and does his thing. The rest are just crap, particularly plagued by the cheesy rhyme (the horror!). Well, there are a few that are just okay, I don't mean to exaggerate. I don't know. I kind of hoped that this book would be awesome like, "Before he started to believe his own blurbs he was really good," but n...
  • Eric Simmons
    I personally am not a fan of poetry, but I have had some success in the past with some poets. Corso is not one of them. Actually Beat Poetry or even just the Literature can be a bit of a hit or a miss with me. More often it's a miss, but it's good to try something different. Most poets have at least a couple of poems that I liked, but not so here. Not only did I not like them, I never really understood what the hell he was talking about. It just ...
  • James Carmichael
    Corso is the Ringo of the Beats, if Ringo had the songwriting chops of George Harrison. His poems are odd and frequently disarming in their charming openness - I really enjoyed reading this slim volume.
  • Roderick
    Read one these poems to a speech class at UW, my first attempt at college education. Other students and professor hadn't ever heard anything like this. I was on a permanent real and contact high for these years/
  • Adrian Manning
    Excellent early beat and city lights poetry from a formative poet in the genre who is often criminally neglected when the beats are discussed.
  • Corey
    These two early Corso books are quite lively.
  • Steven
    I’ve never read any beat poetry that I can say was any good. This one falls into that category. Total fucking trash. Another book on the heaping pile of the pretentious, that I’d love nothing more than to set aflame to.
  • Brendan Booth
    gasoline was great; the vestal lady on brattle was meh
  • Charles Mitchell
    Corso excellence
  • Lex Smith
    Gregory Corso, also known as the only Beatnik who was even a little bit valid.
  • JJ
    An interesting collection of poems that didn't really resonate with me. Some intriguing imagery and ideas, but overall I couldn't get deeply engaged with the two collections contained in this volume.
  • J.C.
    Corso is one artist that I think needs more attention and love. While films like Kill Your Darlings have brought more notoriety to Beat figures such as Lucien Carr, Corso, one of the major players of the Beat scene has been ignored. Note: the back cover of Gasoline has quotes of praise from Ginsberg, Burroughs, and Kerouac. Talk about the best backup ever, right? Gasoline and the following collection grouped with it, The Vestal Lady On Brattle, s...
  • James Badger
    Dangerous Book #3 - This book has always been, and will always be an enigma. Even if I read it with a dictionary and encyclopedia in hand, I always feel that Corso is speaking on a level much too deep for me to completely understand. If Ferlinghetti is the wordsmith, and Ginsberg is the madman, Corso is the artist.There are poems within this book which I read in high school and struggled to understand. I am slightly better at divining their meani...
  • Gia
    Here is a poem I really enjoyed from this collection, called "Hello..".It is disastrous to be a wounded deer.I'm the most wounded, wolves stalk,and I have my failures, too.My flesh is caught on the Inevitable Hook!As a child I saw many things I did not want to be.Am I the person I did not want to be?That talks-to-himself person?That neighbors-make-fun-of person?Am I he who, on museum steps, sleeps on his side?Do I wear the cloth of a man who has ...
  • Donald Armfield
    Beatnik fans will dig. Two separate collections "Gasoline" was a little more to my liking. The second part "The Vestal Lady" has more of the WTF did I just read moments? Gasoline-Amnesia in Memphis-Mexican Impression-I Miss My Dear Cats-To a Downfallen Rose-This Was My MealThe Vestal Lady On Brattle-Dementia in an African Apartment House-The Shakedown-The Crime
  • heel grabber
    When I was young a lot of people gave me really shitty reading suggestions.I really thought literature was the most obnoxious bullshit when I was sixteen.Eventually, I guess my mind changed.Somewhere early in that process I was kind of forced to take a copy of Gasoline. Corso is a great poet to read when you are really sick of reading poetry.
  • Lee
    Corso is a wizard of language. He has a way of blurring his objects and intentions in ways that stir questions without provoking confusion. He is one of the shining stars of the Beats but has gotten hardly any of the spotlight he deserves. this little book is a great read and i agree with GInsberg who said you should open it "like a box of crazy toys."
  • Christy Stewart
    I'm not going to wax poetic about this book, but I enjoyed it. It had a bizarro aspect to it that I enjoyed. Mexicans sure were mentioned a lot. I guess Corso likes Mexicans....Wait, I think Corso is a Hispanic name. That might explain it.
  • Chris
    Corso has a rambling style that is great when it's short, but I think gets a little long winded when his poems go beyond the one page mark or so. Here, they rarely do, and there are some stand out poems in the book, but as a whole, I don't find it cohesive enough to warrent a much higher rating.
  • Matt
    Very underrated poet, in his prime. (Added years later)But his prime was pretty short.
  • Tom
    There are a few really good / really funny poems in here, but there's also a lot of sub-par stuff, too.