Lenore Kandel  

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Lenore Kandel (born 1932) is a poet who was briefly notorious as the author of a short book of poetry, The Love Book, a small pamphlet of 8 pages with 4 poems, including "To Fuck with Love" which was prosecuted for obscenity in 1967 in San Francisco during the hippie movement in Haight-Ashbury. She was a student of Zen before she moved from her native New York City to San Francisco in 1960. She met the Beat poets Lew Welch and Gary Snyder and had a brief affair with Jack Kerouac (which he incorporated into his novel Big Sur). She referred to her verse as holy erotica.

She was a speaker at the Human Be-In in Golden Gate Park, January 14, 1967. She was one of 15 people interviewed in Voices from the Love Generation. She published one other book of poems, Word Alchemy in 1967, but is known to have continued writing throughout her life. She appears in the Kenneth Anger film Invocation of My Demon Brother, smoking a marijuana cigarette contained in a miniature skull. She was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in 1970, though she is said to continue to write daily.

She is considered by some to be one of the major poets of the 20th century, but is generally unknown and underappreciated. Volume 1, No. 1 of the internet literary and erotic magazine, The Divine Animal, features Lenore Kandel and her work.

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