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Campfires of the Resistance : Poetry from the Movement edited by Todd Gitlin

Campfires of the Resistance : Poetry from the Movement edited by Todd Gitlin


Indianapolis : The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1971. Hardcover. 295 pages ; 25 cm. $7.50 dust jacket with lots of rips and tears around the dust jacket edges. Pages are age toned and unmarked. Binding is firm.

Poetry from The Movement Edited by TODD GITLIN

'There is no more absentee poetry": that is the message here. Todd Gitlin, poet deeply involved in the movement, has put together a collection of poems by young people who are doers, not just dreamers. Poets who marched in Mississippi, fought in the streets of Chicago and fed the hungry in Montgomery— young people who feel and act and cry out against injustice and for whom poetry is the stuff of revolution and revolution the poetry of our time. Paul Goodman, Tuli Kupferberg, Robin Morgan and others, whose brief biographies read like poems themselves, combine to form the most impassioned chronicle of the movement to date.

This is not merely an opportunist collection of poetry from people who happen to be involved in the social and cultural revolution of the sixties, but rather the expression of poets so deeply moved by the temper of their time that they are compelled to act, to fling their bodies and their youth where once they might have flung only words; to offer their energy, time, and often lives to make a world fit for poetry... very delightful and affecting." —Kirkus

TODD GITLIN: "Born New York City, 1943. Came of age 1960, into the student peace movement. Worked with SDS (1963-65), JOIN Community Union (1965-67), San Francisco Express Times (1968), and other movements and publications. Wrote poems, articles, and essays, when the time and language could find me. Wrote a book with Nanci Hollander, Uptown: Poor Whites in Chicago."

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