Glued binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 256 p.
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The book her devoted readers have been waiting for. At last,
New York Times bestselling author Kathleen
Norris's first continuous narrative . . . a story of sex,
drugs, and poetry.
After spending her sheltered high school years in Hawaii,
Kathleen Norris was woefully unprepared for
Bennington College in the 1960s, with its culture of drugs, sex,
and bohemianism. But it was also at Bennington that she discovered
her great love of poetry, which carried her to New York City at a
time when a new generation of poets was emerging and shaking up the
Working at the Academy of American Poets for her beloved mentor,
Elizabeth Kray, and hanging out at clubs with Andy Warhol's crowd
at night, Norris found herself immersed in an exciting and
emotionally turbulent new world. Her memoir of that time-of her
friendships and encounters with poets, including Jim Carroll,
Denise Levertov, Gerard Malanga, Erica Jong, James Merrill, Stanley
Kunitz, and James Wright, as well as of her own development as a
poet-is an inspiring tribute to poetry and a stunning evocation of
a time and place. Her tenuous balancing act on the bridge between
naïve experimentation and indirection and the more focused
responsibilities of adulthood makes for a dramatic and illuminating
account of coming-of-age at a tumultuous moment in our history.