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Allen Ginsberg

Song The weight of the worldis love.Under the burdenof solitude,under the burdenof dissatisfaction the weight,the weight we carryis love. Who can deny?In dreamsit touchesthe body,in thoughtconstructsa miracle,in imaginationanguishestill bornin human—looks out of the heartburning with purity—for the burden of lifeis love, but we carry the weightwearily,and so must restin the arms of loveat last,must rest… Continue reading Allen Ginsberg

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Kenneth Rexroth

Give me your mouth.Your grace is as beautiful as sleep.You move against me like a waveThat moves in sleep.Your body spreads across my brainLike a bird filled summer;Not like a body, not like a separate thing.But like a nimbus that hoversOver every other thing in all the world — Kenneth Rexroth, from “ When We… Continue reading Kenneth Rexroth

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Jack Kerouac

No man should go through life without once experiencing healthy, even bored solitude in the wilderness, finding himself depending solely on himself and thereby learning his true and hidden strength. Learning for instance, to eat when he’s hungry and sleep when he’s sleepy. — Jack Kerouac, Lonesome Traveller, (Mayflower 1968)

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Lenore Kandel

Expose yourself!Show me your tattooed spine and star-encrusted tongue!Admit your feral snarl, your bloody jawsconcede your nature and reveal your dreams!each beast contains its god, all gods are dreamsall dreams are true — Lenore Kandel, from “Freak Show and Finale,” Collected Poems of Lenore Kandel. (North

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Allen Ginsberg

I I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness,     starving hysterical naked,dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking     for an angry fix,angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly     connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night — Allen Ginsberg, from “Howl I,” Howl and Other Poems. (City Lights… Continue reading Allen Ginsberg

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Jack Spicer

And I think that it is certainly possible that the objective universe can be affected by the poet. I mean, you recall Orpheus made the trees and the stones dance and so forth, and this is something which is in almost all primitive cultures. I think it has some definite basis to it. I’m not… Continue reading Jack Spicer

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Diane di Prima

There are as many kinds of kisses as there are people on earth, as there are permutations and combinations of those people. No two people kiss alike—no two people fuck alike—but somehow the kiss is more personal, more individualized than the fuck. — Diane di Prima, Memoirs of a Beatnik. (Penguin Books; First Printing edition… Continue reading Diane di Prima

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