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The Jack Kerouac Collection

Allen Ginsberg – Sunflower Sutra

One of my favorite recordings of the poem. I walked on the banks of the tincan banana dock and sat down under the huge shade of a Southern Pacific locomotive to look at the sunset over the box house hills and cry. 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. The oily water on the river mirrored the red sky, sun sank on top of final Frisco peaks, no fish in that stream, no hermit in those mounts, just ourselves rheumy-eyed and hungover like old bums on the riverbank, tired and wily. Look at the Sunflower, he said, there was a dead gray shadow against the sky, big as a man, sitting dry on top of a pile of ancient sawdust– –I rushed up enchanted–it was my first sunflower, memories of Blake–my visions–Harlem and Hells of the Eastern rivers, bridges clanking Joes Greasy Sandwiches, dead baby carriages, black treadless tires forgotten and unretreaded, the poem of the riverbank, condoms & pots, steel knives, nothing stainless, only the dank muck and the razor-sharp artifacts passing into the past– and the gray Sunflower poised against the sunset, crackly bleak and dusty with the smut and smog and smoke of olden locomotives in its eye– corolla of bleary spikes pushed down and broken like a battered crown, seeds fallen out of its face, soon-to-be-toothless mouth of sunny air, sunrays obliterated on its hairy head like a

extropyofdays on 2013/01/12 02:40:11

Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. “The Avant Garde”

DVD on Amazon.com: www.amazon.com Streaming on Amazon.com: www.amazon.com Taped on May 7, 1968 Guest: Allen Ginsberg For more info hoohila.stanford.edu

firinglinevideos on 2013/01/06 21:35:31

“Song” by Allen Ginsberg

mlee525 on 2013-01-10 00:22:52

Beat Generation Documentary – The Source (1999) – PART 1/7

Beat generation documentary

ollyrevolta on 2013/01/15 19:08:53
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