Remembering Ronnie Burk

Ronnie Burk

Ronnie Burk, poet and activist, Surrealist and Buddhist, would have been 60 today on April 1, 2015! Celebrate him with a remembrance post at ACT UP Archives filled with photos and collages. Feel free to leave a comment! … [Read more...]

Yannis Livadas: A double interview

Yannis Livadas

These interviews were conducted for Quorum Magazine, which is based in Croatia. This is their first appearance in English.Interview No. 1Tomica Bajsic interviewed the poet Yannis Livadas for Quorum Magazine, n. 3/4, 2012.Q: During years you have traveled extensively, reading a lot, doing all sorts of jobs. Do you consider traveling and close-range experience a … [Read more...]

How to Publish Your Poetry – Some Advice.

On Publishing Poetry

Though the focus of this article is on poets & poetry, many of the tips below are appropriate for writers of fiction and nonfiction as well.Where should I publish my poems? Finding the right places to submit your can be tricky. Here's where to look.Poet's Market My best suggestion for locating publishers is that you get your hands on a copy of Poet's Market, … [Read more...]


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Like a crow caws into the night, like an owl with its questioning eyes, like a Shaman lights the night with magic words, like a hawk circles the sky, like a farmer plants seeds, like a magician skilled in illusion, you hurled the boulders of darkness into the face of death played the game out on your own terms forced death to her knees before surrendering on your own … [Read more...]

In honor of ruth weiss on her 85th birthday

Ruth Weiss / copyright Horst Spandler

The following is from: “ruth weiss and the American Beat movement of the ‘50s and 60’s” by Horst Spandler, published in: ruth weiss, no dancing aloud – lautes tanzen nicht erlaubt. edition exil, Vienna, 2006. – also used as an introduction to ruth weiss’ book can’t stop the beat – THE LIFE AND WORDS OF A BEAT POET. Divine Arts, Studio City, 2011.ruth weiss’ and Kerouac’s … [Read more...]

Four Poems by Sam Silva

4 Poems by Sam Silva

THINGS HAPPENThank God these days I sleep and dream!Things happen is inevitable!, this angry wrangling of the nerves in a place that feels like Hell or a paranoid respite full of anxious passionwhich can die down to a calm. And there are a few good memories too ...just a sponge balm for all terrors wounds.These things do not strengthen you! unless … [Read more...]

L.G. Hertz site includes poems about the arts & music

LG Hertz Renting the Moon for a Party Poetry Collection

The late poet L.G. Hertz's website has been recently updated with poems excerpted from his newest collection, "Renting the Moon for a Party" as well as a spotlight on poems about music.The spotlight themes are updated on a regular basis (about once every one or two months) to focus on a different facet of the poet's inspiration.Hertz's formal, … [Read more...]

Poetry Review: Waterloo, by J.T. Welsch

Digital collage by D.Enck

Waterloo by J.T. Welsch / Like This Press / Saddle-Stitch, 36 pagesThe twenty-four numbered but untitled poems, and almost as many monochrome images, of J.T. Welsch’s Waterloo begin with a wake. The first poem quickly makes clear that though a death may have served as the impetus for this series, the poems will not really be about grief: “Between the storm and jetlag, the … [Read more...]

In Remembrance of Poet, Novelist & Editor, James D Quinton

James D Quinton Books

Amy Quinton writes to us, "It is with deepest sorrow and regret that I have to tell you that my husband, James D Quinton, took his own life on 6 September 2012."James was a British poet & fiction writer, as well as the editor of Open Wide Magazine.His works appeared in many poetry journals and online literary magazines. He was the author of two poetry collections, and … [Read more...]

Poetry Collection: Visions of the Drowning Man by Dee Sunshine

Visions of the Drowning Man by Dee Rimbaud

Dee Sunshine's third poetry collection, "Visions Of The Drowning Man", has recently been published.What other writers are saying about the book:"His work reminds me of Blake's proverb about the road to excess leading to the palace of wisdom". D.M. Thomas"Dee Sunshine is the poetic equivalent of Hieronymous Bosch". Des Dillon"Replete with raging rhythms and rich … [Read more...]

On writing poetry – how to write terrific poems

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Here are some tips on learning about poetry, finding your unique voice, and writing terrific poems.Preparation & Inspiration for Writing Poetry Read as much contemporary poetry as you can. Those who read little poetry rarely succeed as poets. (Just as those who don't experience a wide variety of foods rarely succeed as chefs, and those with little experience running … [Read more...]

A.D. Winans on A.D. Winans


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...]

Lawrence McGaugh

Lawrence McGaugh - A Fifth Sunday

Bay Area poet Lawrence McGaugh was the author of "A Fifth Sunday" and other volumes.Lawrence McGaugh Selected Bibliography A Fifth Sunday Berkeley: Oyez, 1965. Beautifully Designed and printed by Graham Mackintosh in an edition of 500 copies. Stapled in wrappers featuring a photo of the poet. Unpaginated, 32 pp. full-size image of cover image of title page image of … [Read more...]

Howard Hart

Howard Hart and Raymond Foye, by T. Walden

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...]

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...]

A.D. Winans Remembers Jack Micheline


Jack Micheline, a poet of the Beat generation, died of a heart attack on Friday, February 27, 1988 aboard a Bart commuter train. The transit police at the Orinda Bart station discovered his body, which ominously was the end of the line.Micheline was a "Street" poet who lived out his life on the fringe of poverty, first in the Bronx neighborhoods of New York, where he was … [Read more...]

A.D. Winans Remembers Bob Kaufman

Bob Kaufman, known in France as the American Rimbaud, was one of the original Beat poets to come out of the Fifties. He is rightfully regarded as one of the most influential black poets of his era, but his poetry transcends any race identification. In San Francisco's North Beach, home of the West Coast Beats, he was regarded as the original be-bop poet. As a jazz poet, he … [Read more...]

Remembering Poet Kirby Doyle


Kirby Doyle & the Snows of Yesteryear by Michael McClure       In 1958 Kirby Doyle's menage on Sacramento Street, in a basement apartment of the no-man's land between the wealthy on the Hill and the Black Fillmore District, had a Francois Villonesque air. Kirby lived there with gloriously beautiful, blond DiDi. Their space had the air … [Read more...]

In Memory of Poet Alan Ansen: Biography, Books & Links

Alan Ansen - Contact Highs

Alan Ansen passed away in Athens, Grece on November 12, 2006. A poet, playwright, and author, he was associated with both the Beat Generation & New York poets. Ansen served as secretary to W.H. Auden for a number of years.Ansen inspired the character Rollo Greb in On the Road, and other of Kerouac's characters as well. Living in Tangier, he spent time with Paul Bowles, … [Read more...]

Review – Who was Sinclair Beiles?

Who Was Sinclair Beiles?

Who was Sinclair Beiles? / Gary Cummiskey & Eva Kowalska, editors / Dye Hard Press / 2009 / 978-0-620-42792-0Before I opened Dye Hard Press' new volume, its title, Who was Sinclair Beiles? was a question I certainly didn't know the answer to. His is a name I've occasionally come across, as a poet who, as a resident of Paris' famous "Beat Hotel," created cut-ups with William … [Read more...]