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Beat Memories – the photographs of Allen Ginsberg


From an exhibition at Washington DC’s National Gallery of Art, May 2 to September 16, 2010.

Twelve photographs of and by Allen Ginsberg

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Adrian Mitchell 1932 – 2008



Ten Ways To Avoid Lending Your Wheelbarrow To Anybody

1 PATRIOTIC

May I borrow your wheelbarrow?
I didn’t lay down my life in World War II
so that you could borrow my wheelbarrow.

2 SNOBBISH

May I borrow your wheelbarrow?
Unfortunately Lord Goodman is using it.

3 OVERWEENING

May I borrow your wheelbarrow?
It is too mighty a conveyance to be wielded
by any mortal save myself.

4 PIOUS

May I borrow your wheelbarrow?
My wheelbarrow is reserved for religious ceremonies.

5 MELODRAMATIC

May I borrow your wheelbarrow?
I would sooner be broken on its wheel
and buried in its barrow.

6 PATHETIC

May I borrow your wheelbarrow?
I am dying of schizophrenia
and all you can talk about is wheelbarrows.

7 DEFENSIVE

May I borrow your wheelbarrow?
Do you think I’m made of wheelbarrows?

8 SINISTER

May I borrow your wheelbarrow?
It is full of blood.

9 LECHEROUS

May I borrow your wheelbarrow?
Only if I can fuck your wife in it.

10 PHILOSOPHICAL

May I borrow your wheelbarrow?
What is a wheelbarrow?

— Adrian Mitchell


My favourite love poem, not of Adrian’s, but of all love poems –

Celia Celia

When I am sad and weary,
When I think all hope has gone,
When I walk along High Holborn
I think of you with nothing on

— Adrian Mitchell


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Gang Of Souls

Update to the earlier “Beats” post

“Gang Of Souls” is an hour long documentary from 2008 combining interviews and footage of the originals with comment from later artists who felt their influence, including Marianne Faithful, Henry Rollins & Richard Hell.

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The Beats

Personal memoir of Elise Cowen

The Beat Generation Archives

Below – “Portait Of A Bookstore As An Old Man” – George Whitman and His Paris bookstore ‘Shakespeare & Company’. See this post on Dangerous Minds

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