David Amram: To Laura for Ted Joans

Ted Joans Lives!

David Amram: To Laura for Ted JoansDear Laura: - I just heard about Ted's passing and wanted to tell you how sorry I was, and hope you will know that you are not alone, and that many like myself (I knew Ted since 1956) will always miss him, as you and his children. - So will all the people around the world of all ages, whose lives he … [Read more...]

Robert Creeley: Ted Joans, Primary Poet

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Sad news indeed that old friend and ally Ted Joans has died in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he'd been living for the past few years. Apparently his health, affected by diabetes, had not been good, and though there is as yet no clear report, that seems at the root of what's happened.What to say about this terrific, unbeatable and indefatigable person, wedder of bop … [Read more...]

The Teducated Mouth: John Barbato interviews Ted Joans

Ted Joans Lives!

Ted Joans, one of the original Beat poets, was born in Cairo, Illinois on 4 July 1928. By his twenties, living in New York City , he moved in the surrealist world of painters, jazz players and poets. If a scene was happening Joans had it covered. A partial list of his friends reads like a who's who of the important creators of the 20th century: Allen Ginsberg, Ella … [Read more...]

Philip Whalen

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Philip Whalen Resources on the Web BIG BRIDGE: On the Occasion of the Publication of Philip Whalen's Collected Poems BIG BRIDGE published this feature, which includes essays on Whalen & his work by Whalen's work by Dale Smith, Ron Silliman, David Schneider, Karl Young, Neeli Chrkovski, Brian Howlett, John Tarrant, Tom Clark, Anne Waldman, David Meltzer, and a book … [Read more...]

Pete Winslow, Beat/Surrealist Poet

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Best known for his poetry, Pete Winslow was also a newspaper columnist, essayist & novelist. A surrealist poet, Pete was also sometimes associated with the Beat Generation.Born October 19, 1934 in the state of Washington, Winslow passed away in September 1972 of complications following surgery, leaving a wife and 5-year-old son behind.Following his death, his last … [Read more...]

Kay Johnson, aka Kaja

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Gerry George: i knew kay johnson as swami-ji in berkeley in 1973 when we were very close friends for a time.she gave me the typewriter she had carried in greece, an orange portable with a large white "om" painted on it. i gave it to a friend from college with whom i just had my first conversation in 17 years and he mentioned using the typewriter and i looked for kay on … [Read more...]

Gregory Corso

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Gregory Corso passed away on January 19, 2001 at the age of 70, after a long illness. Corso was one of the major figures of the Beat Generation. He was a poet, painter, traveler, and occasional lecturer. His vibrant, vital, authentic poetry celebrates the mystery of life and death through everyday detail and mystic visions.Though he never gained the truly widespread fame … [Read more...]

A.D. Winans on A.D. Winans

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I was born in San Francisco, and have lived here almost my entire life. I was born at home, premature. My mother said the doctor told her I would not live a long life. Now I'm 71 and the doctor is long dead.My father was seventeen years older than my mother, and they fought constantly... When my mother wasn't yelling at my father, she was yelling at me. This left deep … [Read more...]

Ken Kesey

Ken Kesey - Further INquiry

Ken Kesey passed away on November 10, 2001 at the age of 66, of complications following surgery for a tumor on his liver.The following biographical sketch was written by Jason Reott several months before Kesey's death.Ken KeseyPerhaps Ken Kesey is best known for his work One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, a novel symbolizing the corruption of freedoms in America, … [Read more...]

The Beat Hotel by Barry Miles

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With the July 2000 Grove Press release of The Beat Hotel, author (Barry) Miles revisits 9 rue Git-le-Coeur, an historic set of decaying digs amid a rat infested slum on the Left Bank of Paris, "a decrepit rooming house with hole-in-the-floor toilets shared by all..." circa 1957-1963. A spectral time in diminutive spaces where life's more literate mysteries were eloquently … [Read more...]

Max Douglas, Poet

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Max Douglas was a Kansas poet who died much too young, leaving behind many admirers, and a thick volume's worth of really fine work. Douglas, born in 1949, passed away in 1970 of an accidental heroin overdose. During his life, many of his poems were published in literary periodicals, and his Collected Poems was published in 1978 by White Dot Press. It's now very hard to find - … [Read more...]

Howard Hart

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SOME LINES FOR YOUWRITTEN UNDER A REDWOOD IN THE CITY PARKNOT YET THREE MONTHS SINCE YOU DIED IN MY ARMSIN OUR HOME ON CHESTNUT STREET, SAN FRANCISCO Drawn to the Temple where you worshipped I slink along the edges of the city like a catHawk family nesting in our Autumn Garden Turning overhead like something out of Yeats's Second ComingMarble Angel still holding … [Read more...]

Seymour Krim

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Seymour Krim was born in 1922 and moved into Greenwich Village in 1943 to hang around the New York Intellectuals and wait for the arrival of the Beats. Krim knew he was a writer, but he complained later that the book reviews he wrote for the Times and the criticism he published in literary quarterlies "made a cramped miniature" of his spirit. Then in 1957 On the Road appeared … [Read more...]

Mary Norbert Korte

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A former nun, Mary Norbert Korte has been publishing her poetry since the mid-1960s. She lives in Northern California, where she has dedicated herself to the environment, poetry, and teaching.A chapter, "Redwood Mama Activist," in the book Women of the Beat Generation, by Brenda Knight, is devoted to her.Six of Korte's poems, spanning her career are printed there: "Eddie … [Read more...]

A. D. Winans Looks Back at the Beat Generation

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Generally speaking, counter-culture describes the values and norms of behavior of a cultural group or subculture in conflict with those of the cultural mainstream of the day, a visible phenomenon that reaches critical mass and persists for some time.The Beat Generation was composed of a group of American poets and writers who first congregated in New York and later joined … [Read more...]

An Interview with David Amram: By Your Works Ye Shall Be Known

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A friend of mine is so artistically fascinating and creative that labeling him "eclectic" or "multi-faceted" understates his cultural contributions. Full of life, he incessantly looks for beauty in all that surrounds him. The following is his story, plus an interview I conducted with him prior to his June 4, 2003 appearance in Chicago. We sat down to discuss his life and his … [Read more...]

Jack Foley Writes About Ted Joans

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Jack Foley: GOODBYE, TED JOANSDon't let the minute spoil the hour.      --Ted JoansTed Joans died April 25th, 2003 at the age of 74. He was alone in his apartment in Vancouver, British Columbia. His body wasn't found until May 7th.It seems odd--and was in fact merely accidental--that Ted should have died alone: he was an immensely … [Read more...]

Ted Joans Lives! Words by T. Paul Ste. Marie

Ted Joans & T.Paul Ste. Marie at Bukowski's in Vancouver. photo by Laura Corsiglia

T. Paul Ste. Marie:My fortune in life, my true fortune of connecting with wonderful people, grew intensely as a result of knowing Ted & Laura here in Vancouver, B.C.. I had first met them at a reading Ted was giving at Bukowski's Bar & Grill. Being a poet and an artist myself who draws heavily upon jazz and surrealist influences, it was a joy to witness one of the … [Read more...]

Ted Joans Lives! Tribute (15)

Ted Joans Lives!

Cordley CoitTed Joans   (unfinished documentary) Music: Ornette Coleman's Empty Foxhole Red beans and rice, wet pussy, nice. We know where the .38 lives where the rule of switchblades reign. We waited for Brother Malcolm, Orly: only for him he was diverted by death.Pause a full measure: Sax Solo From the last of Ted to Shakespeare & Co. Armed … [Read more...]

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Ted Joans Lives!

Harry Nudel:I must have 1st met Ted in the Summer of '79. I was selling books on Soho-St...he came by & i gave him a copy of my book...2 hrs later he was back "you WROTE this?"We hit it off. Ted who always needed a place to stay, lived with me for 3 weeks..he was the perfect houseguest..as if he was a pro.. somewhere there's a picture he took of ladder, … [Read more...]

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Ted Joans Lives!

Stephen Ronan:By the time of Ted's visits to City Lights I had attended at least one of his readings. Usually he would read at Cody's Books in Berkeley. I remember good turn-outs and a general delight with Ted's charismatic renditions of his poems of profundity and humor. He always seemed borne up by everyone's appreciation.He was singular in many ways not the least … [Read more...]

Ted Joans Lives! Tribute (12)

Ted Joans Lives!

Gary Cummiskey:I met Ted Joans when he came out to South Africa in late 1993. I attended a workshop of his and was most impressed by his warmth, humour, humility and infectious creative spirit. He had emphasised the importance of simply 'writing down the poem', not worrying about issues of form or even reception, just get the poem out, let it live. I will also always … [Read more...]

Ted Joans Lives! Tribute (11)

Ted Joans Lives!

John Bibby:I met Ted twice - in Timbuktu (1966) and in Algiers (1969).I remember his immortal first words - "Haben Sie Sardinen?" (I was wearing Lederhosen - he assumed I was German - and he was on the edge of the Sahara pining for sardines!)We spent much of the next week together on the top of a lorry trying to get to Niamey - I must admit, I found a week with … [Read more...]

Ted Joans Lives! Tribute (10)

Ted Joans Lives!

C. Edward Bernier:Ted Joans came to us in the late 70s fresh from his wanderings throughout the Sahel. I was Cultural Affairs Officer at the US Embassy in Dakar. He began slowly, with poetry readings about town and in the countryside. Then he moved in with us. Brought his trunk full strange and mystical things from the brosse. Bird skulls, feathers, sticks, and other … [Read more...]

Ted Joans Lives! Tribute (9)

Ted Joans Lives!

John Bibby:I met Ted twice - in Timbuktu (1966) and in Algiers (1969).I remember his immortal first words - "Haben Sie Sardinen?" (I was wearing Lederhosen - he assumed I was German - and he was on the edge of the Sahara pining for sardines!)We spent much of the next week together on the top of a lorry trying to get to Niamey - I must admit, I found a week with … [Read more...]

Ted Joans Lives! Tribute (8)

Ted Joans Lives!

Anne Baxter:The written word is not my medium, but I feel Ted would be pleased if I at least made an attempt to honor him and his "Teducation" though this great website. I first met Ted in Paris. It was 1988, and he came to my sculpture exhibit. My hermit tendencies didn't seem to phase him - we understood each other in a certain way as fellow Cancerian crabs. Ted has … [Read more...]

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Ted Joans Lives!

Dudley Merchant:I met up with Ted Joans in June of 1978 in Paris. He was great to read with and we had two readings together and a few more parties. Ted is alive as I think of him often. He was really against the French learning to rent their cars, car leases, and the debts of the ordinary citizen. I last saw Ted at a barge party on the Seine in August of 1978, before I … [Read more...]

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Ted Joans Lives!

Denise Enck:I've been writing a piece about Ted and will post it here in a few days. But this this morning while looking through a cache of letters, postcards, and ephemera Ted sent me over the years, I found this recent item which I thought I'd share with you now.Getting mail from Ted was always a treat. His newsy letters were often embellished with drawings, or … [Read more...]

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Ted Joans Lives!

Jake Lamar: Paris 14 May 2003 I'm still in shock that Ted Joans has, as he would have put it, "gone on to the ancestors." I don't know what to say other than that he was like a father to me and I'm going to miss him forever.These photos were taken at---where else?---the Café Le Rouquet during Ted's last visit to Paris on March 24, 2003. Ted and I were sitting and … [Read more...]