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Welcome to our regular weekend poetry readings, where we take the time to present to you some of the great poems of the modern age as read by the poet themselves.

This week, soak in the words of  Gregory Corso, the youngest of the inner circle of the Beat Generation writers. This is his signature poem “Marriage”, a humorous take on the institution. Humourous, satirical, and just a little bit poignant, it is an excellent example of the tearing-down of poetic traditions that made the Beats the single most important literary movement of the 20th Century in our opinion. It’s self-assured swagger hides the awkwardness of the content. Simply brilliant.

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