Beats at Naropa

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  • Copyright: 2009-06-01
  • Publisher: Coffee House Pr
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"At Naropa Universityrs"s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, there has long been an illuminating, dynamic, ongoing exchange of ideas about the history and legacy of the Beat Generation-an exchange fortunately that has been carefully archived and preserved. This valuable anthology does not further embalm the ls"legendrs" of the Beats. Instead it allows its readers to hear authentic voices -Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, John Clellon Holmes, Diane di Prima, Philip Whalen, etc.-as well as introducing the thoughtful and responsible work of leading Beat scholars."-Joyce Johnson Amassed from the riches of the Naropa University audio archives, this collection offers an exciting new look at the Beats-whose influence lives on in the art and politics of our time. In this often spontaneous, conversational book, readers are introduced to the hard truths behind being a Beat woman, the haunting accuracy of William Burroughsrs"s world-view, the passion and energy of Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman, Jack Kerouacrs"s unexpected musicality, Diane DiPrimars"s foray into small press publishing, Michael McClurers"s account of the famous first reading of "Howl," and, most of all, the inspirations behind Americars"s most provocative and prescient thinkers. Contributors include: David Amram Amiri Baraka Ted Berrigan Junior Burke William S. Burroughs Lorna Dee Cervantes Ann Charters Clark Coolidge Gregory Corso Diane di Prima Lawrence Ferlinghetti Rick Fields Allen Ginsberg David Henderson Abbie Hoffman John Clellon Holmes Joyce Johnson Hettie Jones Edie Parker Kerouac Joanne Kyger Michael McClure William S. Merwin John Oughton Marjorie Perloff David Rome Edward Sanders Gary Snyder Janine Pommy Vega Steven Taylor Chouml;gyam Trungpa, Rinpoche Anne Waldman Philip Whalen Laura Wright Joshua Zim

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 11
The First Reading of the Environmental Movement: The Six Gallery Readingp. 15
Kerouac's Soundp. 19
Allen Ginsberg on William Blakep. 23
Basic Definitionsp. 24
Pulling it down or the Good Manners of Vampiresp. 39
Women and the Beatsp. 45
Sidebarp. 60
Allen Ginsberg's Language Games: A Wittgensteinian Perspectivep. 62
Recollections and Gossip: First Meetings with Jack Kerouacp. 70
Sidebarp. 80
Reading, writing, and Teaching Kerouac in 1982p. 81
Kerouac, Catholicism, Buddhismp. 94
Sidebar: Ferlinghetti on Collaborationp. 100
Commonplace Discoveries: Lew Welchp. 102
The Beats and Beyondp. 113
Bob Kaufman: Beat, Surreal, Buddhist, and Blackp. 117
An Interview with Edward Sandersp. 135
Sidebarp. 144
You can't Win: An Interview with William Burroughsp. 145
Sidebar: Tendrelp. 164
"Frightened Chrysanthemums": Poets' Colloquiump. 166
By any Means Necessaryp. 195
Remember the Future: Archival Poetics and the War on Memoryp. 209
Sidebar: Allen Ginsberg on William Blakep. 216
Notesp. 217
Biographiesp. 219
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