ONE OF “THE MOST PROMISING POETS” TO READ AT NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY, 11/8
Poet and novelist, Charles Plymell, will read from his new book ‘Benzedrine Highway’ at NYC’s historic Jefferson Market Library (425 Sixth Ave.) on Friday, November 8 at 7:30 pm. Plymell will be introduced by Warhol ally, poet, artist and photographer Gerard Malanga.
Published by Kicks Books, ‘Benzedrine Highway’ collects Plymell’s earliest works, including the first reprinting of his book of poetry ‘Apocoplypse Rose’—written while he shared a house with Allen Ginsberg and Neal Cassidy in the early 1960’s—in nearly 50 years.
Born in Holcomb, Kansas, Plymell spent the early ’60s in San Francisco, where he spent important times with Ginsberg, Cassady, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. In addition to his own work, Plymell has published, designed and printed numerous underground magazines and is widely revered as an originator of underground comics after publishing Robert Crumb’s Zap #1. In 1976, World Book Encyclopedia named him the most promising poet of the year, and his work has been praised by literary figures including Ginsberg, Burroughs, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Tom Wolfe.
WHAT: “An Evening with Charles Plymell,” presented by Kicks Books
WHO: Charles Plymell, author of “Benzedrine Highway,” and poet, artist and photographer Gerard Malanga
WHERE: Jefferson Market Library (NYPL), 425 Sixth Ave. (at 10th St.), New York, NY 10011
WHEN: Friday, November 8, 7:30 pm
BENZEDRINE HIGHWAY BY CHARLES PLYMELL All hail the hi-tension streetrod master beat scribe Charles Plymell, direct from the Wichita Vortex! Plymell is the last beat generator left standing and he is back with the first ever redlivery of his first book of verse APOCALYPSE ROSE and his first novel auto-bio road tripper LAST OF THE MOCCASINS in one volume, with all-new intro by the author, new material, and original ‘ROSE foreword by Allen Ginsberg. 244 pages may cause a bulge in your hip pocket, but who’s counting?