Keeping the Darkness Out

How fast the sun arrives
And disappears, its arc

Belongs to yesterday
As whiskey and cigarettes

Future forward.
The night turns to lust

To keep the darkness out.
We are …{read more}

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3 poems by Dennis Mahagin

Doc Williams’ 12-Step Blues

so much, depending

on a frayed
flannel shirt
with sleeves whacked
off, burn marks, buttoned
lopsided, sending

prayers and good thoughts
over the AA meeting

gleaming …{read more}

digital collage by D.Enck

6 short poems by Sparrow

Shrug

I shrug
when I’d

rather
scream.

Overheard on the Subway

“Bedbugs make me horny.”

Car

A lone car on Route 28
at 5:22 AM – leaving the
night shift? …{read more}

Sunrise, courtesy http://www.sxc.hu/profile/jcash

Present Consumption

The time of now is the present of madness
Quoted everyone who ever lived in a time.
The walls of today are streaked, obfuscated windows and dog doors nailed shut.
…{read more}

Photo credit: pipp - http://www.sxc.hu/browse.phtml?f=view&id=324302

Free Speech Cantos

Free Speech Canto XXVI

Banned in Boston
constitutes an epic of censorship
A few excerpts from that epic:


A private morality police was formed

(giving away its religious base
with  ...{read more}
Walt Whitman 2 - collage by D. Raphael

Charles Reznikoff’s “During the Second World War…” as Objectivist Ars Poetica

This essay is dedicated to Charles Bernstein

A poem I keep coming back to again and again is Charles Reznikoff’s “During the Second World War, I Was Going Home One …{read more}

photo via http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/2179931106

The Beat Generation

Paul Bowles (detail). Photo by Birgit Stephenson

Calling on Paul Bowles: Tangier, Morocco, August 1979

Calling on Paul Bowles Tangier, Morocco, August 1979”There it is,” someone says, and in the darkness, in the distance, you can see Tangier sprawled across several hills, a white city illuminated by electric lights and veiled by a thin fog. … [read more...]

Ghost Tantras by Michael McClure

Michael McClure’s GHOST TANTRAS published by City Lights in new edition

Originally self-published in 1964 and long out of print, Ghost Tantras is one of McClure's signature works, a book mostly written in "beast language." A mix of lyrical, guttural and laryngeal sound, lion roars, and a touch of detonated dada, this is one … [read more...]

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Literature

photo via http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/2179931106

Charles Reznikoff’s “During the Second World War…” as Objectivist Ars Poetica

This essay is dedicated to Charles BernsteinA poem I keep coming back to again and again is Charles Reznikoff’s “During the Second World War, I Was Going Home One Night,”1 first published in 1969. I first encountered the poem from hearing it in … [read more...]

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Book Collecting

On the Road / Prendio2 / Flickr

For collectors: where and how to buy Beat Generation books (and others)

We've gathered together booksellers, publishers, and other services for book book collectors of all stripes. Please get in touch if you'd like to suggest a resource for this list.Booksellers - Beat, small press & poetryBeat booksellersThe … [read more...]

copyright Jo Bourne / Flickr

How to Identify a First Edition Book

This page has lots of information on it! Here are some quick links to the most important topics.General guidelines for identifying a first edition Identifying 1st editions from specific publishers Identifying book club editions On printings & … [read more...]

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Top Ten Books Lists

Snow Geese by William Fiennes

Anna MacDonald’s Ten Favorite Books

1. The Snow Geese: A Story of Home by William Fiennes2. The Rings of Saturn by W. G. Sebald3. Rodinsky's Room by Rachel Lichtenstein and Iain Sinclair4. Lights Out for the Territory: 9 Excursions in the Secret History of London by Iain … [Read More...]

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Poetry

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Keeping the Darkness Out

How fast the sun arrives And disappears, its arc Belongs to yesterday As whiskey and cigarettes Future forward. The night turns to lust To keep the darkness out. We are addicted to The warmth of bodies Genuflecting bedposts, … [Read More...]

Sam Silva - THE END OF THE WORLD THROUGH A FISH BOWL

THE END OF THE WORLD THROUGH A FISH BOWL

In summer time I am an air conditioned icicle ...in winter, the steam which haunts the house.I will not go into the grocery store with you Rachel ...I will ride along in the car and be a witness to the distant terror of the world. Images pass … [Read More...]

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Art

Ido Abramsohn - Welcome to Lebanon 2 (detail)

Diorama: Photographs by Ido Abramsohn

Artist's StatementModels of Israeli soldiers and Palestinian insurgents and civilians were photographed and enlarged to human size. The new scale of the models casts the original meaning of the images in doubt, and enables us to scrutinize the … [Read More...]

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Film

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Movie Review – Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

As a kid in the 1960s, I remember asking my mom why we didn't ever have Granny Smith apples in the house. She replied that she refused to buy anything from South Africa because of what the government did to its people. As the years passed and I became more aware of the world around me, I began to … [read more...]

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Writing & Publishing

How to find reviewers for your self-published book

10 places to find reviewers for your self-published book

Self-publishing is a great way to get your book into the world. But when you self-publish, you take on all the responsibilities that a traditional publisher usually would, including marketing the book, soliciting reviews, sending out review copies, and … [Read More...]

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Music

IR 29 - New Generation Dub

(Music Review) IR 29.1: New Generation Dub

One of the biggest crimes committed by the music industry has been their ability to co-opt, dilute and turn even the most radical of genres into something safe for mass consumption. Disco, punk and rap have all been taken and watered down so they would … [Read More...]

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