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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Allen Ginsberg: Sunflower Sutra

Jack Kerouac sat beside me on a busted rusty iron pole, companion, we thought the same thoughts of the soul, bleak and blue and sad-eyed, surrounded by the gnarled steel roots of trees of machinery.

July 26, 2020 · 5 Comments

Joan E. Bauer: Get Your Kicks

This August my niece Holly will drive
the Mother Road. She’s a writer & I say:
Don’t miss anything: not cornfields, chili fries,
maple syrup farms, not the Big Texan
Steak House in dusty Amarillo…

July 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Bus

One afternoon at a bus stop in Ruston, Louisiana we picked up a single passenger, a huge man in a dirty plaid shirt, grease-stained khakis, and unlaced boots covered in mud.

July 11, 2020 · 8 Comments

Gerald Fleming: City of Breath

People here stop and listen to children’s conversations. People here not only wait in line—say, at the bakery—but in that line come to agreement as to who rightly should go first—the frail old man, for instance, who has trouble with his legs, the mother who needs to hurry home & cook, the busboy from the café sent to buy more bread for a sudden crowd, and only then the couple, plenty of time, buying bread for dinner.

January 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

Thomas Sayers Ellis: Godzilla’s Avocado

An artichoke’s heart does not pump ketchup.
It pumps pesto,
oily, olive clots of guacamole.

November 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: The New York Public Library’s Collection of Weird Objects

. A lock of Walt Whitman’s hair, Jack Kerouac’s boots, and Virginia Woolf’s cane are just a few of the items of literary paraphernalia available at the New York Public … Continue reading

December 30, 2018 · 1 Comment

Audio: Jack Kerouac reads “October in the Railroad Earth”

Jack Kerouac’s paean to San Francisco. Jack Kerouac (born Jean-Louis Lebris de Kérouac March 12, 1922 – October 21, 1969) was an American novelist and poet. He is considered a … Continue reading

April 26, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: Jack Kerouac — “McDougall Street Blues”

Jack Kerouac speaks while Steve Allen plays jazz piano. With video clips of New York City in the 1950’s and 60’s. A beautiful piece of collaborative work capturing the mood … Continue reading

April 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

Jose Padua: Baltimore

I realize I quote her as often as Allen Ginsberg quoted Jack Kerouac, but when she was three my daughter said, “It’s not crazy—it’s Baltimore,” then proceeded to improvise better … Continue reading

November 15, 2014 · 2 Comments

Jack Kerouac (rare footage) / Cat Power – Good Woman

Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Lucian Carr, and others in New York 1959… set to soundtrack of “Good Woman” by Cat Power.        

November 15, 2014 · 1 Comment

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