Jack Kerouac Shipped Out from Perth Amboy
Apr24

Jack Kerouac Shipped Out from Perth Amboy

In Door Wide Open: A Beat Love Affair in Letters, 1957-1958 by Jack Kerouac and Joyce Johnson, Kerouac writes to Joyce, “It was a good thing you didn’t come back on the ship with me because it only went to big gas tank barges off Perth Amboy.” Kerouac was headed on the Yugoslavian freighter to North Africa on a Sunday, February 15, 1957, and would meet William Burroughs in Tangier. Joyce Johnson writes in Minor Characters: A Beat...

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Life & Death

Twin horns beat against the backdrop Twin horns dancing To their own song Twin horns color an otherwise Black night Pale street lights hug trash in the middle of the road A winos lips grab that last gulp Never enough despite being told its too much by so many The twin horns remain Always in sync Despite the separation Of time, space, and...

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Lewisham Visitation

A football oval somewhere –––– long verdurous grass growing thick from good soil. By the footpath concrete, sitting, watching the ancestor of an illegal dutch immigrant, Who last week just lost it and sat on his desk upside down in a rage, And the kindergarten teacher with her dog, A small little animal with short curled fur and a grinning mouth, And slow-like, the thin strips of velvet silver smoke ascend into the blue air Twirling...

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Cat in Bop Hat
Apr18

Cat in Bop Hat

Take all blank nights at country blue grass blues To spend one digging cat in be hat At Five Spot You haven’t heard Monk Till ye seen him Thump! Bump! Bump! Thump! Hip jazz angel Hop essential Harp the bass Hype the place Tip the daisy Pull the cup Fly the kite Thing One Thing Two Jackie-ing Blew blue Boo Boo Birthday cup and a cake Sally forth To you bop (In celebration of national jazz appreciation and poetry month [April, USA],...

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Big Sur Trailer
Apr13

Big Sur Trailer

With the success of On the Road, all eyes are now on the next adaptation of a Kerouac novel: Big Sur.  

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Bill Morgan’s Walking Tour “Allen Ginsberg in the East Village”
Apr09

Bill Morgan’s Walking Tour “Allen Ginsberg in the East Village”

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. Many thanks to Bill Morgan, author and Allen Ginsberg bibliographer and archivist, and Grey Art Gallery, New York University, for the Saturday, April 6, 2013, 2:00 pm walking tour “Allen Ginsberg in the East Village.” Gracious Bill Morgan led the tour and focused on the best known photographs of Allen Ginsberg, and the locations where the photos were taken. The group met at the northeast...

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Soap Suds Cacophony
Apr03

Soap Suds Cacophony

Bickford’s washing up storm soap suds cacophony submarine night hey, Huck, pitch in Bird blew same in Harlem club all over town the pearl diving jam scrap pile plunge solos improvs sudsy scalding water wet mess best minds, best fingers, scrubbing away from sink bottom look up what dreary deed goes unpunished? washing and a noshing in the Lion’s Den simple labor, laborious task produce time to think, compose, write one’s mind...

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