Michael Horovitz

Michael Horovitz: from "On the Beat with Gregory Corso"

More than any other modern poet, he's put the lyre back into the lyric, illuminating the haphazard mosaic cast by his thoroughgoing imagination of Bomb--the "Budger of history." He puts down the bomb in the best way possible--outlines its look and boom in a pattern of words which locates the explosions in his being, to express them--creatively, "lyre and tuba together joined." He cannot write in fear, as though the atom were the monster, as though it and not ourselves exercised the power. It elicits a hymn from his pen, "neither for or against the bomb," says [Allen] Ginsberg "--it just reduces the bomb to insignificance because the poem is greater than the bomb." (67)