The major work from a hero of Beat poetry, political activism, and rock 'n' roll.
"Sanders [is] the poet-maestro of American history."-Michael McClure
"Sanders has been an astonishing and fertile presence n our cutlural and political landscape...But it is Sanders's poetry, more than anything else he does, that pulls together all the varied strands of his interests to weave them in to the body of one of our century's most coherent poetics."-Andrei Codrescu, National Public Radio
"In Sanders' poetry we find...one of the clearest and most necessary bodies of work still being written today."- Poetry Project Newsletter
Picking up where Thirsting for Peace in a Raging Century left off and spanning more than two decades, Edward Sanders' new collection animates the whole of human history-breathing new life into ancient stories, celebrating artists and activists, telling tales of beatnik escapades, eulogizing friends and politicians, and lamenting the follies that have led us to war time and again.
Illustrated throughout, Sanders' poems contain visuals that range from drawings of Egyptian hieroglyphs to a scan of Robert Creeley's sage counsel, written on a napkin: "Things / come and go. / Then / let them."
Sanders also offers his own advice in "To the Revolutionaries Not Yet Born":
Work in extra dimensions
Think 100 years ahead
Enjoy your Revolution
Show enough mercy so
that Mercy shows the way
With exuberant pragmatism and visionary scholarship, Sanders continues to mark the way forward for poets and peacemakers, rock 'n' rollers, and revolutionaries.
Edward Sanders is the best-selling author of the Charles Manson expose The Family, author of the recently published Poems for New Orleans, and a recipient of the American Book Award. He is also a founding member of the legendary rock group The Fugs, a classics scholar, publisher, former bookseller, and pioneer in investigative poetics. He lives in Woodstock, New York.