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Poetry Month

A Poet's Poet: Gregory Corso


Gregory Corso was born at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City. His family lived near Bleecker and MacDougal streets at the time of his birth.

His birthday is March 26.

His famous poem "Marriage" can be found online, but I'll quote his epitaph here:

is Life
It flows thru
the death of me
like a river
of becoming
the sea

This marks his grave in Rome, at the foot of Percy Bysshe Shelley's grave.


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Gregory Corso's poem

Gregory Corso's poem "Marriage," is very profound. It is also very appropriate to mark the grave of Percy Bysshe Shelley. Shelley was a poet of very extraordinary sensitivity, who wrote poignant and magnificent poetry. Here is an Excerpt: "When night advances through the sky with slow and solumn thread, The queenly moon looks down on life below as if she read Man's soul, and in her scornful silence said All beautiful and happiest things are dead!"

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