This is the last recording of Ira Cohen (1935-2011) reading at his New York apartment, made by poet, friend and collaborator Louise Landes Levi who was staying with him at the time. A very intense reading spanning his early work ‘Poems from the Cosmic Crypt’ up to his last collection ‘Everything You Say May Be Held Against You’. Cohen’s visionary surrealist poetry transforms Asian shamanism, the Sufi poetry of Rumi, Cendrars’ great travelogues and Lorca’s duende into multi-dimensional phantasmagorical incantations. Jack Micheline called him ‘Allen Ginsberg on stilts’. His written work is as ecstatic intoxicating as his legendary mylar photographs and classic ‘The Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda’ movie from the sixties. Includes insert. 100 copies.
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