Herbert Huncke – Times Square Superstar
May29

Herbert Huncke – Times Square Superstar

by Spencer Kansa.   I first met Herbert Huncke in the Spring of 1992, during a layover in New York, en route to visiting William Burroughs at his home in Lawrence, Kansas. Shortly after my Manhattan arrival, I received a phone call at my hotel from Burroughs’ consigliere, James Grauerholz, who graciously welcomed me to America. During our conversation, I joked how I’d been hanging around Times Square, looking for Huncke,...

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A Bun for La Ipleg
May28

A Bun for La Ipleg

Jill got happy two nights at a raspberry bush And thought, “Paul, you of the shining Cape, sea, sea, See if the bake shop opens at three.” “The shop is open,” quoth Paul a-twitter and tweet. “Then let us go get a bun or treat.” Jill wanted not any old sweet, sweet, sweet, But a hot flaky boulangerie fruit croissant, Found only in a jardin in sparkling Wellfleet. Ready. That night the bush blossomed and bloomed, soar spirit of whitest...

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Ginsberg Exhibition Tomorrow
May22

Ginsberg Exhibition Tomorrow

This summer, the Contemporary Jewish Museum is putting on an Allen Ginsberg festival. You can read more about it at: http://ginsbergfestival.com/ The festival will include a guided tour by Bill Morgan, author of a Ginsberg biography. Tomorrow (May 23rd), an exhibition will begin, also at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, featuring photographs by Ginsberg. Check out http://www.thecjm.org/visit/general-information for more...

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New Beatdom Book!
May20

New Beatdom Book!

“This is the story of how I screwed up being a lesbian.” Beatdom Books’ next publication is the wonderful novel, The Third Kind of Horse, by Michelle Auerbach. The book will go on sale later this week, and you can pre-order it right now from our online store. It’ll be on Amazon later in the...

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Do you burrow like William Seward Burroughs?
May18

Do you burrow like William Seward Burroughs?

Groundhog, do you burrow like William Seward Burroughs? In a windowless bunker at 222 Bowery? (back in the bad old days on Bowery) Chipmunk, do you burrow like William S. Burroughs? Boro Cooling and Heating, LLC, you provide comfort to the houses of suburbia and the great obese marshmallow pillows. Chirp, Bird, and blow like Birdland, Or birdbrain. Squirrels, do you support unemployed poets? Do you squat at the ghats like the Bard...

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Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face: Favorite Saint of Gabrielle Ange L’Evesque Kerouac
May11

Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face: Favorite Saint of Gabrielle Ange L’Evesque Kerouac

Thérèse Martin (1873-1897) was four years old when her mother died. She entered the Carmelite convent at Lisieux, France, at the age of fifteen and took the name Sister Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. (Thérèse’s five sisters also became nuns.) She died at the convent when she was twenty-four. Thérèse was canonized in 1925 and would have been fifty-two years old. In 1997 Saint Thérèse was made a Doctor of the Church and...

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Bus Ride to Newtown

On city bus riding on provisional tar roads layered with rain, Watching silently in my head while water roars on the windows and people in coats grumble crowdedly, And me in my thin blue jumper! Silly for such a cold day but what is there to do? I suppose I could get off at Newtown and get me a cheap raincoat or windbreaker from Vinnies, And then if Josh doesn’t show up catch the next rainy bus to Lewisham, But that’s in the future...

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Jackie
May01

Jackie

Jackie-ing Jackie reading Jack Ker-o-uac Black Jack Bouvier Parlez-vous … français? jack be nimble jack be spry jack jump over apple pie (with Iowa vanilla ice cream) Jack Tar jack flash Jack & Jill (Kris & Keven All good children go to heaven) Jackie & Jack How about Thelonious Monk and Jimi Hendrix on the same stage? Are YOU experienced? Not like that, Jack, not like that What would Monk say About Monterey?...

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