Jack Kerouac & his “libertine circle,” of Beat writers revolutionized modern thought in the 1950s by opening minds up to an alternative bohemian existence. Emphasis was on rejection of mainstream American values, sexual experimentation, demystification of drugs and exploration of Eastern spirituality. Beat writers were pursuers of a new intellect, they were hedonistic, spontaneous creatives. They were travelers who spoke of gritty life experiences. This is one of my favourite beat poems….It’s by Allen Ginsberg, gay poet and Beat legionnaire….watch out..he speaks the truth….
Cosmopolitan Greeting by Allen Ginsberg
Stand up against Governments, against god.
Say only what we know and imagine.
Absolutes are Coercion.
Change is absolute.
Ordinary mind includes eternal perceptions.
Observe what’s vivid.
Notice what you notice.
Catch yourself thinking.
Vividness is self-selecting.
If we don’t show anyone, we’re free to write anything.
Remember the future.
Freedom costs little in the U.S
Advise only yourself.
Don’t drink yourself to death.
Two molecules clanking against each other requires an observer to become scientific data.
The measuring instrument determines the appearance of the phenomenal world after Einstein.
The Universe is subjective.
Walt Whitman celebrated person.
We are an observer, measuring instrument, eye, subject, Person.
Universe is person.
Inside skull is vast as outside.
Mind is outer space.
“Each on his bed spoke to himself alone, making no sound.”
First though, best thought.
Mind is shapely, Art is shapely.
Maximum information, minimum number of syllables.
Syntax condensed, sound is solid.
Intense fragments of spoken idiom, best.
Consonants around vowels make sense.
Savour vowels, appreciate consonants.
Subject is known by what she sees.
Others can measure their vision by what we see.
Candor ends paranoia.