Tag Archives: The Beats

We Couldn’t Stand It

“It was horrible to hear Camille sobbing so.  We couldn’t stand it and went out to buy beer.”  ~Jack Kerouac as Sal Paradise in On The Road, ©1957 Not exactly overflowing with the milk of human kindness, are you there, Jack?

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“It’s sad and I don’t like it.”

Excerpted from On The Road by Jack Kerouac, ©1957: Dean was having his kicks; he put on a jazz record, grabbed Marylou, held her tight, and bounced against her with the beat of the music. She bounced right back. It was a real love dance. lan MacArthur came in with a huge gang. The New …

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Sam Gaillard

Jack Kerouac mentioned Slim Gaillard in On The Road, so I looked him up.  He’s mesmerizing:  

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Jack and Rita

Excerpted from On The Road by Jack Kerouac, ©1957: Then I went to meet Rita Bettencourt and took her back to the apartment. I got a her in my bedroom after a long talk in the dark of the front room. She was a nice little girl, simple and true, and tremendously frightened of sex. …

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Good

“More harm is done under guise of goodness than ever realized by foul deed or evildoer.  Nevertheless, I wish I was good.”  ~Herbert E. Huncke And that reminded me of this: “You made me forget myself.  I thought I was someone else– someone good.”  ~Lou Reed Full lyrics HERE.

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So long, Lawrence.

One of my favorite poets, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, died a few days ago, just shy of his 102nd birthday. He was more than a poet to me, though, he was a connection.  He was also a favorite of my late grandmother, Kathleen, and my current friend Mary.  We could talk about him, discuss his words, share …

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Engagingly Lost

“(Kurt) Cobain was very shy, very polite, and obviously enjoyed the fact that I wasn’t awestruck at meeting him. There was something about him, fragile and engagingly lost.”  ~William S. Burroughs

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Not Feeding It

Chicago Poem By Lew Welch I lived here nearly 5 years before I could meet the middle western day with anything approaching Dignity. It’s a place that lets you understand why the Bible is the way it is: Proud people cannot live here. The land’s too flat. Ugly sullen and big it pounds men down …

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A Particular Form of Insight

Excerpted from Variations On A Generation by Gregory Corso, ©1959: –But what do you think about the Beat Generation?– –A certain style, when you look back on it, old photos, Fitzgerald in Paris, 1920, high society, prohibition, jazz; that’s more what characterized a generation than what they believed in. The fundamental facts are always the …

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Dash

I heard a Fly buzz – when I died By Emily Dickinson I heard a Fly buzz – when I died – The Stillness in the Room Was like the Stillness in the Air – Between the Heaves of Storm – The Eyes around – had wrung them dry – And Breaths were gathering firm …

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Everyone Will Understand

“I want to work in revelations, not just spin silly tales for money. I want to fish as deep down as possible into my own subconscious in the belief that once that far down, everyone will understand because they are the same that far down.”  ~Jack Keouac (source)

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Cosmic

“I have mystical visions and cosmic vibrations.”  ~Allen Ginsberg

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