Chapter 4 - The Beats, the spoken word - and Jack Spicer
July 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, August 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 -
Note: There will be a live webcast class session on July 27, beginning at 7:30 PM eastern time.
Robert Creeley on
in revery, during a performance of the sort that helped later give rise to the spoken-word movement
Clellon Holmes, "This is
the Beat Generation"
Allen Ginsberg, "Howl" (
, p. 1210-15
birth of the beat generation: 45th anniversary of "Howl" at the Six Gallery
link to "beat generation" sites
A page from the typescript of Ginsberg's Howl
David Antin on the response to Ginsberg in the cold war
- namely that his writing was "anti-poetry," "unliterary"
Allen Ginsberg and his psychiatrist
, "Sometime during Eternity" (
, p. 1006-7
Ferlinghetti reads "Dog"
Felinghetti reading his "Baseball Canto"
"Essentials of Spontaneous Prose"
"Belief & Technique for Modern Prose"
Jack Kerouac, three samples of spontaneous writing from
Book of Dreams
Old Angel Midnight
, with an introduction adapted from Ann Charters
"trying to think of a rule..."
(.au audio file)
Jack Kerouac, example of his
Neil Cassady "raps"
- a July 23, 1967 spontaneous performance, backed by the Grateful Dead, the Straight Theater Haight Street, San Francisco
Jack Kerouac, excerpt from
On the Road
's review of Kerouac and commentary on the beatnik "movement" (1957)
"The cut up method"
Clark Coolidge on Kerouac's sound writing
"Kerouac wore khakis" (Gap ad)
"Empty baseball fields"
(an .au file)
- basic materials for the counterculture
Jack Kerouac -
more audio files
Allen Ginsberg's FBI file
summarized by Herbert Mitgang in
Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe
"All Colors Not White"
"A Wutherance of E"
Edwin Torres bio
Edwin Torres in performance, December 11, 1999, at the Writers House
readings by and about Jack Spicer
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