Desolation Angels consists of a series of trips. First, its narrator, Jack Duluoz, journeys to Seattle, San Francisco, Mexico City and New York (from where he visits Washington, his mother and sister in North Carolina, and William Carlos Williams in Paterson). Next he moves on to Tangiers (to visit Bull Hubbard), Paris and London. He then returns to America – first to New York, and then to Florida, where his mother has moved. Next he travels with his mother to California and back to Florida, before revisiting Mexico and finally New York. On these journeys Duluoz recurrently links up with three poets, Irwin Garden, Raphael Urso and Simon Darlovsky. He finally christens these three his “Desolation Angels” (366).
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