The Hotel Wentley Poems

John Wieners

The Hotel Wentley Poems

The Hotel Wentley Poems

  • Title: The Hotel Wentley Poems
  • Author: John Wieners
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 478
  • Format: chapbook


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John Wieners is the god of poetry where everything goes wrong but it's so good. The true king of the Beats and queer on top of it. He had such a vision that was totally Wieners. You could pretend to be John, but the John was a true master. I love his poetry. Everything else is shit.

Wieners famously wrote The Hotel Wentley Poems over the course of six days in 1958. The Hotel Wentley, where Wieners stayed, was a San Francisco Beat institution and this set of poems is an important document in terms of both Beat poetics and the San Francisco Renaissance in general. While the subject matter of these poems — junkies, heroin, queer life, and painting — all too easily fall within the stereotypical subject matter of Beat poetics, Wieners' poetic training at the Black Mountain [...]

John Wieners achieved something in the span of 11 days in 1958 that defined him as a poet but also haunted him as an artist. This book's success and legend shadowed Wieners through the streets and asylums of Boston, NYC, San Fran and home to his Milton grave. He subsequently wrote to escape it's burden as he wrote to remember its drug fueled visions. His juxtaposition of the denizens of the streets - their sounds and sights of the streets commingled with his heavenly visions, in sparse crystalli [...]

Unique and emotionally visceral - a true 'beat' classic and any poet who has penned poems of such beauty in their first publication should be mighty proud. What a great start to a phenomenal career - John Wieners is a fantastic poet!

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