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purity

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not sure i meant by "pure poet" when i wrote that, but this is what i mean now: in my opinion, Corso is the best poet qua writer of poems.

Kerouac's prose is to me itself poetry -- you might even say, it is pure poetry -- indeed somewhere he says that his prose is just poetry with very long lines (interestingly in one of his poems he says the reverse, that the poem was really prose, but sincere). kerouac's my favorite beat writer, but i think Corso's poetry is, pound for pound, better than Ginsberg's or Kerouac's poems (again, not counting kerouac's prose as poesy). emphasis on the 'pound for pound' because it might be that ginsberg's poetry is overall a more significant contribution but, like whitman, occasionally its voluminosity dilutes its virtuosity.