Saturday, February 9, 2008

This Is When the Mind Surpasses Life Itself

from "Rain and Rivers: The Notebooks of Jack Kerouac" (1949):

"Neal and I were still dreamily uncertain of whether it was Market Street in Frisco or not -
at dreamy moments. This is when the mind surpasses life itself. More will be said and must be said about the sweet, small lake of the mind which ignores Time & Space in a Preternatural Metaphysical Dream of Life."


Therefore In Your Writing Work

from "Sketches" by Jack Kerouac (Oct. 31, 1952)

Lights in the foggy
night are not necessarily
bleak & friendless, but
just lights (in fact to
light yr. way), & fog
from the necessary sea -
Stupid, fatuous men
are not necessarily all stupid and fatuous.

nor all on the horizon,
nor completely devoid of
good, or hope - The evil in them will die, the
good will live - Bleak
& friendless universe is
only one of several
illusions, the greatest &
only immortal one of
which is good -

Enough, the words to
this "idea," or belief,
are limited, the combi-
nations to describe it
almost exhausted al-
ready - Manifestations of this in humanity, there-
fore in your writing work,
are endless however-

(March 30 1953)

"Newspaper accounts"
of what happened, short
ones or long novel ones,
with moral theme ... since
that is the final question,
do we live or die bleak.

- Fullscale explanations
in unpausing sometimes
hallucinated prose, of
these things -

Her Real Name Was Hope

from the Paris Review interview with Jack Kerouac by Ted Berrigan and Aram Saroyan in 1968

"Her real name was Esperanza. You know what that means? In Spanish, 'hope.' Tristessa means, in Spanish, 'sadness,' but her real name was Hope."

(reaches for interviewers' pills)

"Give me one of those. What are they? Forked clarinets?"

America I Forgive You

from "Benediction" by Bob Kaufman (1956)

... I forgive you
Nailing black Jesus to an imported cross
Every six weeks in Dawson, Georgia.
America, I forgive you ... I forgive you
Eating black children, I know your hunger.
America, i forgive you ... I forgive you
Burning Japanese babies defensively -
I realize how necessary it was.
Your ancestor had beautiful thoughts in his brain.
His descendants are experts in real estate.
Your generals have mushrooming visions.
Every day your people get more and more
Cars, televisions, sickness, death dreams.
You must have been great alive.

enormous Christian bat

from"Junk /Angel" by Lenore Kandel (1967)

Radiant with a black green radiance
he extends his hollow fingered hands
blessing blessing blessing
his ichorous hollow fingers caressing the shadow
of the man
with love and avarice
and Then unfurls his wings and rides the sky like an
enormous Christian bat and voiceless
flies behind the sun

The Planet Drifts to Random Insect Doom

from "Wouldn't You?" in "The Naked Lunch" by William Burroughs (1959):

"... Power groups of the world frantically cut lines of connection ... The planet drifts to random insect doom ... This book spill off the page in all directions, kaleidoscope of vistas, medley of tunes and street noises, farts and riot yipes and the slamming steel shutters of commerce, screams of pain and pathos and screams plain pathic, copulating cats and outraged squawk of the displaced bull head, prophetic mutterings of brujo in nutmeg trances, snapping necks and screaming mandrakes, sigh of orgasm, heroin silent as dawn in the thirsty cells, Radio Cairo screaming like a berserk tobacco auction and flutes of Ramadan fanning the sick junky like gentle lush worker in the grey subway dawn feeling with delicate fingers for the green folding crackle ... This is Revelation and Prophecy ...
"Gentle reader, we see God through our assholes in the flash bulb of orgasm ...; Through these orifices transmute your body ... The way OUT is the way IN ... Now I, William Seward, will unlock my word horde."

Off Our Backs by the Next Millennium

from "New Democracy Wishlist: For President Clinton White House" by Allen Ginsberg (January 17 1993)

Purge U.S. military death squad subsidies in Salvador, Guatemala, etc.
We backed up dictators in Zaire, Somalia, Liberia, Sudan, Angola, Haiti, Iran, Iraq, we're responsible; admit it then figure ways out.

Open CIA & FBI & NSA archives on Cointelpro raids, Government drug dealing, Kennedy/King assassinations, Iranian Contragate, Panama Deception, Vatican, Hand & Lavoror Bank thuggery, etc. including Bush-Noriega relations and other CIA client-agent scandals.

Open all files on J. Edgar Hoover-Cardinal Spellman-Roy Cohn-Joe McCarthy alcoholic Closet-Queen Conspiracy with organized Crime to sabotage the U.S. Labor Movement, native African-American Hispanic and Gay minority leaderships; and blackmail U.S. Presidents Congress each other for half century.

Get Government Secret Police (DEA CIA FBI NSA etc.) off our backs by the next millenium

"A Nation of Finks" - W.S. Burroughs,
opening quote to "Sexual Abuse" by Allen Ginsberg (1997)

Re Boston Herald headline "Sexual Abuse Law Targets Clergy"
"Senator: Religious leaders must report child molesters"
Priest should turn each other in, fink -
So, say it in the confession box, not
over sherry at intimate dinner