“There is a great gift that ignorance has to bring to anything.” -Orson Welles
Kitasono Katue (1966): “I will create poetry through the viewfinder of my camera, out of pieces of paper scraps, boards, glasses, etc. This is the birth of new poetry.”
Do indians from the Amazon, when they put pen or pencil to paper for the first time, draw like children? The intense concentration and curiosity to make something appear on paper is similar. The differences lay in experience of age and the experiences of a different environment. Indians usually have no concept of a horizontal line, nor do they have the habit of looking from left to right as you do when reading, nor do they have a concept of top and bottom.
Ladies and Gentlemen … the Auto-Beatnik
Matthew Arnold (Dec. 24, 1822 – 1888), Victorian poet with spectacular sideburns, was the type of writer who liked to chastise and instruct the reader on contemporary social issues… Not surprisingly he also had an influential career as a critic.
A Caution to Poets
What poets feel not, when they make,
A pleasure in creating,
The world, in its turn, will not take
Pleasure in contemplating. (1867)
Photo of Arnold, 1863
New memoir about Jack Kerouac and life in Greenwich Village in the late 50s and early 60s…
“Weaver—immortalized in Kerouac’s Desolation Angels as Ruth Heaper—writes this book ‘as an act of atonement’ to Kerouac: ‘I rejected him for the same reason America rejected him: he woke us up in the middle of the night in the long dream of the fifties. He interfered with our sleep.’”
Front cover photograph: Jack Kerouac and Helen Weaver in Greenwich Village, ca. 1963. Photographer unknown.
via City Lights