His youth did not suspect that he would get one. Prominent position in the literary society His mother, who was 16 when Corso was born, left the family a year after his birth, and this ushered in a period in which Corso often took shelter in foster homes and orphanages. He constantly ran away, and his career as a petty criminal eventually led to the conviction of three years for theft.
The Clinton State Prison , a major revolution took place in Corso's life. He got to know the literature and developed a preference for poetry. In an interview with Contemporary Authors, Corso said about his experience in prison: "When I left, I left there a young man, educated in the ways of men at Their worst and at their best Sometimes hell is a good place - if. Proves it to One That Because it exists, so must its opposite, heaven exist ". Corso found his "heaven" in the writing of poetry.
He was in 1950 released and came in contact with Allen Ginsberg , William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac . He began writing for the Los Angeles Examiner, but was also a craftsman and worked for the Norwegian trades . He acted and starred in Andy Warhol's film Couch .
In 1954 appeared The Vestal Lady on Brattle and Other Poems , his first book of poetry. This was the beginning of a series of lectures in which he traveled Corso town and country, for example in Eastern Europe and Mexico . In 1956 he moved to San Francisco and became the figurehead of the Beat Generation. The highlight of his poetic life was in the fifties and sixties .
In 2000 Corso went to live with his daughter, who was a nurse in Minneapolis . He was already ill and died at the age of 70 in Minneapolis to prostate cancer . At his own request, he was buried in a grave next to that of Percy Shelley in the Cimitero Acattolico , a Protestant cemetery in Rome .
- The Vestal Lady on Brattle and other poems (1955)
- Gasoline (1958)
- A Pulp Magazine for the Dead Generation: Poems (with Henk Marsman) (1959)
- The Happy Birthday of Death (1960)
- Minutes to Go (with Sinclair Beiles, William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin) (1960)
- The American Express (1961)
- The Minicab War: The War Gotla-Interview with Minicab Driver and Cabbie (1961)
- Long Live Man (1962)
- Selected Poems (1962)
- The Mutation of the Spirit (1964)
- The Geometric Poem (1966)
- 10 Times a Poem (1967)
- Elegiac Feelings American (1970)
- Ankh (1971)
- Gregory Corso (1971)
- The Night Last Night Was at Its Nightest (1972)
- Earth Egg (1974)
- Way Out: A Poem in Discord (1974)
- Herald of the Autochthonic Spirit (1981)
- Mind Field (1989)