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...]

Ted Joans website in works; photos sought!

Ted Joans Lives!

For several years, there's been a very small, basic website devoted to Ted Joans. Now, it's time to go big.The new website will launch in April 2015. But, before that happens, I need to track down some photos and information. We'll be sure to credit you for anything you can supply! (And, I'll send you a free TED JOANS LIVES! letterpress postcard - just ask.)Here's what … [Read more...]

Review – Erik Verhaar’s Andalusian Dogging

Andalusian Dogging by Erik Verhaar

Andalusian Dogging by Erik Verhaar, translated by Jonathan Ellis / The Reception Game / 2013 / 17 pages In Erik Verhaar's short story, inspired by Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali's 1929 film An Andalusian Dog (Un Chien Andalou), the film itself becomes a character.An Andalusian Dog bumps into this story's narrator on the street:"I felt his fingers tap my shoulder. I … [Read more...]

‘Leporellos in Black and White’ by Rik Lina

Rik Lina Art

in ARTTRA gallery AMSTERDAM From 4 January to 12 February 2013 Opening on Friday, January 4 from 17:00 to 19:00Rik Lina - in his atelier in Amsterdam 2012   BLACK AND WHITE My drawings and black and white paintings have their origin in nature, they are not “after nature” but arise from being and working in nature. From childhood I have done that, and this was … [Read more...]

Mario Cesariny

Mario Cesariny, by Carlos Botelho

Portuguese Surrealist poet, painter, and playwright Mario Cesariny passed away on November 19, 2006 in Lisbon, at the age of 83.He met Andre Breton in Paris in 1947, was greatly influenced by the French Surrealists, and was part of the Surrealist Group, and later Dissident Surrealist Group, in Portugal.Thanks to Rik Lina for providing the impetus for this page.To … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Pete Winslow, Beat/Surrealist Poet

Pete Winslow - Monster Cookies

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...]

Jack Foley Writes About Ted Joans

Ted Joans Lives!

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...]

Ted Joans Lives! Tribute (14)

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...]

Ted Joans Lives! Tribute (13)

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...]

Ted Joans Lives! Tribute (7)

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...]

Ted Joans Lives! Tribute (6)

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...]

Ted Joans Lives! Tribute (5)

Ted Joans Lives!

Michael Hayward:True story: yesterday afternoon, writing at the window table in my favorite café (Caffé Buongiorno in Vancouver) I looked up to see Ted Joans running across the street towards me, and then carrying on, heading west, his eyes alight. I wrote about this visitation:re: BirthTed Joans just ran past the café window, where I wrestle with a piece … [Read more...]

Ted Joans Lives! Tribute: Keith Scotcher and Larry Keenan

Ted Joans Lives!

Larry Keenan:Keith Scotcher:I was shocked to hear of Ted's death, having met him in Paris in March, first outside the Shakespeare and Co bookshop and later at his regular cafe in Blvd St Germain, he seemed in good spirits and looked well. He was looking forward to getting some income from a book he was preparing and hoped to use the money to visit the African … [Read more...]

Ted Joans Lives! Tribute (2)

Ted Joans Lives!

Howard Park: I only met Ted Joans once, at the 1994 NYU Beat Conference. According to my somewhat altered consciousness and memory of the time, Ted and Jack Micheline stole the show. At the time, Ted was living, at least part-time, in Timbuktu (did I spell it right?). He seemed to delight in the reactions of young white kids like myself who had never met anyone from … [Read more...]

Ted Joans Lives! Tribute (1)

Ted Joans Lives!

Jim Haynes: Ted Joans and I have been close friends and associates since our first meeting in Edinburgh in 1960. He stayed in my home in Edinburgh, later in London and often in Paris. I launched my kitchen-table publishing house, Handshake Editions, to publish a small collection of his poetry, Duck Butter Poems, to coincide with a reading at UNESCO in the early 80s. … [Read more...]

Ted Joans Lives! A Tribute

Ted Joans Lives!

When Charlie Parker died, Ted Joans coined the phrase 'BIRD LIVES' and wrote it in chalk or charcoal on walls. Laura Corsiglia suggests that we remember Ted in the same way:GRAB SOME SIDEWALK CHALK OR CHARCOAL AND WRITE "TED JOANS LIVES" EVERYWHERE YOU CAN!jimmy bruchListen! can you hear it? i hear him now that old Ted Joans. i hear the beat, beat, beat, the beat of … [Read more...]

Remembering Ted Joans – Beat / Surrealist Poet & Artist

Laura Corsiglia and Ted Joans

Tributes & Celebrations: TED JOANS LIVES! A TRIBUTE is found on this website. To contribute, please email us.A celebration of Ted Joans' life took place in Vancouver B.C. on Wednesday, May 14.The Isis Gallery in Seattle hosted an evening in remembrance of Ted on June 6, 2003.Al Aronowitz & others remember Ted Joans at The Blacklisted Journalist.A … [Read more...]