Scenes of Life at the Capital

Scenes of Life at the Capital

by Philip Whalen

Edited by David Brazil

Published by: Wave Books

152 Pages, 6.00 x 8.75 in

  • Paperback
  • 9781940696928
  • Published: May 2020


Written from 1969 to 1971, West Coast Beat poet Philip Whalen's "Scenes of Life at the Capital" is a lasting testament to the ambition, range, powers, and devotion of this crucially important American voice. Positioned among the Buddhist temples of Kyoto, Whalen looks across the ocean to address the new frontiers, political problems, and transformative hopes of the United States of the 1960s—so much of which still resonates today. In this new edition—with a deep and enlightening afterword by David Brazil—Whalen's poem is further cemented as a fundamental work in American literary history.