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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (248 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kathleen Norris Narrator: Sandra Burr Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The book her devoted readers have been waiting for. At last, New York Times betselling author Kathleen Norris's first continuous narrative . . .a story of sex, drugs, and poetry.

After spending her 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 establishment.

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 - is an inspiring tribute to poetry and a stunning evocation of 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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Spencer Keasey | 9/28/2013

    " A must read for anyone entering an MFA program for poetry or for anyone who would like to better understand how the politics of poetry evolved from a place of pure poetic intent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Karl | 5/29/2012

    " Understanding Norris' spiritual journey is a trip to God's grace. Not reformed perhaps, but gracious nonetheless. A great fellow traveler with Lamott. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Darleen | 3/27/2012

    " Part personal memoir and part tribute to her mentor, Elizabeth Kray, this book meanders in revealing aspects of Norris; young adult years, while also relating much about the American world of poets in the 1970s. There are some gems of thought here and some good book references. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Erika | 4/13/2011

    " Benington shared "

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