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Beat Poet Gregory Corso Dies at 70

January 18, 2001

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Poet Gregory Corso, one of the circle of Beat poets who included Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, has died. He was 70.

Corso, who had been suffering from prostate cancer, died on Wednesday at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, his daughter, Sheri Langerman, said Thursday. He had been living with her since September, she said.

Born in New York’s Greenwich Village, he was the author or co-author of more than 20 collections of poetry and other works. Ginsberg discovered Corso in the 1950s. Corso’s first poems were published in 1955.

One of his best-known works was the 1958 poem ``Bomb,″ an ode to atomic weapons in the shape of a mushroom cloud. ``Know that the earth will madonna the Bomb/ that in the hearts of men to come more bombs will be born/ magisterial bombs wrapped in ermine,″ he wrote.

Among his collections of poems are ``Gasoline,″ ``Elegiac Feelings American″ and ``Mindfield.″

He remained active up until his death, recording a CD with Marianne Faithfull at his daughter’s home, Langerman said.

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