6 poems by Bradford Middleton

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BORED AND ALONE This life of mine has become trapped In the lacklustre slow lane of a side road Labelled no turning back from here With no sign of hope or salvation out On the horizon of life that has now Simply been reduced to getting through The shift at work and having enough To […]

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

Ghost Tantras by Michael McClure

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 of his best-known but least available books, a deep well from which […]

Review – The Beats: A Very Short Introduction by David Sterritt

The Beats: A Short Introduction by David Sterritt

The Beats: A Very Short Introduction by David Sterritt / Oxford University Press / 978-0-19-979677-9 / 126 pages David Sterritt’s work might be familiar to Beat or film aficionados through his previous books, which include Mad to be Saved: The Beats, the ’50s, and Film, and Screening the Beats: Media Culture and the Beat Sensibility […]

I Am San Francisco

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  I have witnessed the waterfront decay the ships disappear the piers given over to tourists and sunbathing sea lions Gone the Haight Theater in the old Haight Ashbury where as a kid I paid a dime to see two movies a serial and a newsreel Gone the old Embassy Theater on Market Street where […]

Charged Vision: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg

Jack Kerouac by Allen Ginsberg

The photographs of Allen Ginsberg recently were on display at the Jewish Contemporary Museum in San Francisco. Walking through the museum is like going on a jaunt through Beat History. A spritely Jack Kerouac followed by the drunk. A youthful William Burroughs, and the junky with withered skin. Gregory Corso, Gary Snyder, Robert La Vigne, […]

6 Poems by A.D. Winans

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POEM FOR RUTH WEISS she grooves with time day time, night time be bop jazz time dances with timeless time all rhythm no rhyme birds in flight flap their wings copulate with the wind a magician’s illusion where time and words move from celibate to wild orgy feed off the flesh of the other pause […]

Neal & Carolyn Cassady’s house at 29 Russell St., San Francisco

29 Russell St., 1999, by Joshua Medsker

It’s been about ten years now since I saw Beat legends Neal and Carolyn Cassady’s house. It was such a thrill for me; I can remember it perfectly. My old friends Kirstin and Colin, from Alaska had just moved down to San Francisco the year before in 1998, and had told me about it. “Yeah,” […]

Michael McClure & Ray Manzarek – The Piano Poems: Live From San Francisco

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McClure & Manzarek’s third CD Listen to tracks / buy at Amazon: Piano Poems: Live in San Francisco A collaboration between Ray Manzarek and Michael McClure, this live performance, recorded at an old San Francisco church, features both new and older poems, with McClure’s words and Manzarek’s jazz piano, accompanied by Larry Kassin on flute. […]

David Gitin: 5 From San Francisco in the Sixties

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Outstretched Arms pumice the bone smoothberry juice illusion of bloodto cover loss belly of the moonwe penetratewhat Venus do we carve?herbs and drugs do not restoreterritories of resurrection Earth poised in somatelevision chroniclesmissile finger fascination sea-scorpionsand horseshoe crabswill survive us To Pharoah corkchips thirstto unplug the bottle inhale its vaporswoodengears behind eyes turn slowlylike the […]

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 […]