Literary Birthday – 26 March – Gregory Corso

Gregory Corso was born 26 March 1930 and died 17 January 2001.


  1. Standing on a street corner waiting for no one is power.
  2. If you believe you’re a poet, then you’re saved.
  3. I feel I want to be wise with white hair in a tall library in a deep chair by a fireplace.
  4. If you have a choice of two things and can’t decide, take both.
  5. It is a great feeling to know that from a window I can go to books to cans of beer to past loves. And from these gather enough dream to sneak out a back door.
  6. Ah, if I were dictator I’d have poets throwing bombs!

Gregory Corso was an American poet. He was the youngest of the inner circle of Beat Generation writers (with Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs). These writers were credited with sparking much of the social and political change that transformed the United States in the 1960s. His collections include Gasoline, The Happy Birthday of Death, Long Live Man, Selected Poems, and Mindfield.

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 by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 25th March 2020