Perhaps the best of the beat poets of the 1950s.
The National Observer

Solitudes Crowded With Loneliness

Poetry by Bob Kaufman

With a contribution by Bob Kaufman

Published in 1965, Solitudes Crowded with Loneliness assembles ten years’ work of Bob Kaufman, celebrated in San Francisco as the original Beat and in France as “the American Rimbaud.” Kaufman, one of fourteen children born in Louisiana to a German Jewish father and a Black Catholic mother, ran away to sea when he was thirteen, circling the globe nine times in the next twenty years. In the 1950s, while working as a waiter at the Los Angeles Hilton, he met another erstwhile member of the Merchant Marine, Jack Kerouac, and soon thereafter both moved north to found, along with Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, and others, the San Francisco literary “renaissance” of the time. Kaufman promotes a spontaneous, prophetic verse, mixing street talk and jazz with vision. Solitudes Crowded with Loneliness contains odes to Charles Mingus, Hart Crane, Ray Charles, and Albert Camus as well as love lyrics, political rants, “Prison Poems,” and the prose meditation “Second April.”

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Paperback (published August 1, 1965)

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9780811200769
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Bob Kaufman

Robert Kaufman was a Beat Poet who helped define the “San Francisco Renaissance” poetry movement

Perhaps the best of the beat poets of the 1950s.
The National Observer