achieved fame in the countercultural world of the 1960s as poet, magazine founder, bookstore owner, publisher, journalist, anti – war protester, and leading force of The Fugs, a satirical folk – rock band. He is the author of a new memoir, Fug You: An Informal History of the Peace Eye Bookstore, the F**k You Press, the Fugs, and Counterculture in the Lower East Side. A major collection of his poetry was published in 2009, Let’s Not Keep Fighting the Trojan War. In 1971, he published The Family, a critically acclaimed profile of the “Manson Family,” widely regarded as a classic piece of journalism of its period. Other books include, Thirsting for Peace in a Raging Century, Selected Poems 1961–1985 (1988), winner of the American Book Award; Chekhov (1995), a major verse biography of the Russian physician, writer, and dramatist; 1968: A History in Verse (1997), a mix of memoir, anecdote, and factual research about that fateful year; and Allen Ginsberg (2000), a biography – in – verse. With his wife, Miriam, he publishes the online Woodstock Journal.