Learning to Reprint the Bomb

blog_corsoThe cover of this week’s print edition of The Economist, which imagines a world free from nuclear weapons, pays homage to Gregory Corso‘s poem Bomb, published by City Lights Books in 1958, in which the type is arranged in the shape of a mushroom cloud (view an online reproduction of Corso’s poem here): Annie Nocenti, a regular contributor to STOP SMILING and guest editor of The Gambling Issue in 2008, wrote an eloquent remembrance of Corso, the beat poet who passed away in 2001, in the Downfall of American Publishing issue, which also features a tribute to City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco. Click here to view a YouTube clip of Corso reading his work.