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Rain Taxi review of “The Poetry and Politics of Allen Ginsberg”

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”Katz’s analysis is readable and enjoyable while offering a scholarly view of Ginsberg’s most influential poems, including “Howl”…. Katz is able to explicate the originality with which Ginsberg converted his political views into poetry, making them resonate powerfully to his audiences…. A lively read regarding the poet

Kurt Hemmer on “The Poetry and Politics of Allen Ginsberg”

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“The Poetry and Politics of Allen Ginsberg is the most engaging and rigorous analysis of Ginsberg’s political poetry yet attempted. We find in these pages the astuteness of a literary critic, the contextualization of a social historian, the knowledge of

Bill Morgan on “The Poetry and Politics of Allen Ginsberg”

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“The Poetry and Politics of Allen Ginsberg is an inspired work about one very-celebrated poet and political activist by another remarkable poet and activist, Eliot Katz. It is a serious work about the politics and social commitment behind much of

Jim Cohn’s “Big Bridge” review of “The Poetry and Politics of Allen Ginsberg”

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Adrien Begrand’s review of “Unlocking the Exits”

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Review of “Unlocking the Exits” by Jim Cohn

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Reading Eliot Katz, I was moved by an elegiac feeling of his sweet well-lit poems & their deeply paradoxical summations. To begin, “These Hands—A Present” chilled me in a deaf way with the lines: “I held out these hands /

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Alicia Ostriker on “Unlocking the Exits”

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Eliot Katz has been for years an exuberant heir of Walt Whitman, William Carlos Williams, and Allen Ginsberg. He has been oracular, comic, furiously compassionate, explosively and winsomely political, madly inventive, acutely vernacular. To read or hear him is to

Allen Ginsberg: Praise for “Unlocking the Exits”

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Another classic New Jersey bard! E. Katz has created his own original poetics for personal observation, animated discourse, critical insight, fantasy, and communal vision. His verses bespeak the colloquial heart of world tragedy and hope from his haunts, New Brunswick,

Adrienne Rich on “Unlocking the Exits”

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“Eliot Katz’s poems are wonderful in their celebration of life and rhythmic verbal exuberance, set against the atrocities of now” –Adrienne Rich

Howard Zinn on “Love, War, Fire, Wind”

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“I love these poems, which are full of passion and thought. Eliot Katz is among a handful of contemporary American poets whose work speaks to me.” –Howard Zinn

Alicia Ostriker on “Love, War, Fire, Wind”

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“One of the amazing facts about Eliot Katz as a poet is that you can just never predict what he will do next. His sparkling mind, his acute political savvy, his comedy and his all-embracing warmth are always there. He

William Heyen on “Love, War, Fire, Wind”

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“Eliot Katz, spiritual son of Whitman & Ginsberg, is a poet of hypnotic velocity, of anger that has risen to aria, of a comic (& sometimes elegiac) high seriousness. His is Walt’s ‘primal sanity’ that in this faithful & furious

Amiri Baraka’s Introduction to Space and Other Poems

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A New Wave Rushes Toward Us Eliot Katz’s Space, his second book, ought to make him instantly famous, it is that good. But even if it does not make his name formidable today, there is no doubt that it will

Allen Ginsberg’s Introduction to Space and Other Poems

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I’ve known Eliot Katz for about ten years, and I’ve seen his poetry grow. In style and substance, he follows in the Whitmanic democratic tradition. Beyond that, he’s developed a unique blend of literary influences: Romantics, Dickinson, Williams, surrealists, Brecht,