Category Archives: Poetry

The Life and Death of Richard Brautigan

“After he died, the friends of Richard Brautigan gathered at Enrico’s, Richard’s favorite San Francisco bar, to drink his spirit to rest. Some famous people were there, movie people, poets and writers, some old hippies from times gone by, one … Continue reading

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My part in the anti-war demo that changed protest for ever

A protester is bundled away outside the US embassy in Grosvenor Square. “The only direct reporting from Saigon in the Observer on 17 March 1968 was on an inside page: a two-column dispatch by Gavin Young reflecting on the sobering … Continue reading

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Robert Duncan

“… This is the poet Robert Duncan born 1919, Oakland, California. Of his work, Duncan has written, ‘I make poetry as other men make war or make love or make states or revolutions – to exercise my faculties at large. … Continue reading

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The Yage Letters – William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg (1963)

“The Yage Letters, first published in 1963, is a collection of correspondence and other writings by Beat Generation authors William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg. It was issued by City Lights Books. Most of the letters date back to 1953 … Continue reading

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Enter Digital Archives of the 1960s Fluxus Movement and Explore the Avant-Garde Art of John Cage, Yoko Ono, John Cale, Nam June Paik & More

“When it comes to the influence of the arts on everyday life, it can seem like our reality derives far more from Jeff Koons’ ‘augmented banality‘ than from the Fluxus movement’s playful experiments with chance operations, conceptual rigor, and improvisatory … Continue reading

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“7th Game : 1960 Series” – Paul Blackburn

“Paul Blackburn performed his poem ‘7th Game : 1960 Series,’ written in 1960, on or near the first day of the 1971 baseball season, during a reading he gave at SUNY Cortland. The poem was later republished in Blackburn’s Collected … Continue reading

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Peter Whitehead and the Sixties (1967), Wholly Communion (1965)

“Legendary filmmaker Peter Whitehead was at the heart of Swinging London, chronicling the youth explosion, the burgeoning popular music scene and the counterculture of the 1960s. In March the NFT hosted a comprehensive retrospective of his work. Now the BFI … Continue reading

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