Mainline to the Heart

Mainline to the Heart Cover

Mainline to the Heart

And Other Poems

By Clive Matson; Erin Matson (Illustrator); Diane Di Prima (Afterword by)

Regent Press, Paperback, 9781587901393, 92pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2009

This new edition of Clive Matson's early poems includes all of Diane di Prima's "Poets Press" version and adds significant uncollected pieces from the same period.

At once obstreperous and innocent, these poems celebrate a place where emotion, sex, and religion come together with overwhelming intensity. In the fifties and sixties Beat Generation writers were revisiting this edgy, full-blooded romantic tradition and Matson joined the exploration with youthful energy. But the quest was fraught with tension.