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 …{read more}

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 …{read more}

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 …{read more}

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 …{read more}

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. …{read more}

6 Poems by A.D. Winans

Empty Mirror Arts Magazine

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
…{read more}

29 Russell St.

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 …{read more}

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 …{read more}

David Gitin: 5 From San Francisco in the Sixties

San Francisco

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 …{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 …{read more}