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Death is comprised of deep blue tortures

DEATH POEM ONE Michael McClure DEATH IS COMPRISED OF DEEP BLUE TORTURES and filled with dark chocolate cake. Birth has gone with the losses of endless imagination. A round brown leaf whirls at the tip of a spider thread. I n l a t e Winter I will study the whiteness of plum blossoms and look for knots in an old trunk at the edge of the forest fire near some deer bones. Today marks the first anniversary of the passing of the great American Beat poet Michael McClure.  

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in America when the sun goes down

Last Friday would have been Jack Kerouac’s 99th birthday. One of the online commemorations linked to this extraordinary clip from a 1959 television appearance on the Steve Allen Show. Kerouac reads from On the Road while Allen plays some bluesy jazz … Continue reading

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Belief and Technique by Jack Kerouac

 

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“Thanx 4 Nothing”

I just discovered that the artist and Beat poet John Giorno died in October. You can be forgiven if you are not familiar with him, but in the 60s and 70s he was a prominent figure in the New York … Continue reading

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Drunks in doorways, Moons on trees

This  Monday, Bill Murray popped-up at SXSW in Austin, Texas for an impromptu street poetry reading of the great Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s short work “Dog”. The reading was not spontaneous, but part of a national promotional campaign for director … Continue reading

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Nowhere to go but everywhere

“There was nowhere to go but everywhere…”

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Writing Lessons From William S. Burroughs

Back in 1979, William S. Burroughs taught a writing course for Boulder Colorado’s Naropa University. Thanks to the magic of YouTube we can all learn the secrets of the Beat icon. The three part video series covers Burroughs’s views on writing … Continue reading

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On The Road

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Call Allen Ginsberg

I nearly forgot to mention that this is National Poetry Month. To celebrate San Francisco’s literary heritage and to commemorate the Beat Poets, a clever cabal of contemporary hipsters developed the “Call Allen Ginsberg” project. They installed street art pieces … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving

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