"With all the demagoguery [today], poetry can stand
out as the one beacon of sanity: a beacon of individual clarity,
and lucidity in every direction -- whether on the Internet or in coffee
houses or university forums or classrooms."
From a 1996 interview
with Gloria G. Brame
published in ELF: Eclectic Literary Forum
- "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 machin-
- ery of night..."
From "Howl" (1955-56)
From "A Supermarket in California" (1955)
- "Will we stroll dreaming of the lost America of love
- past blue automobiles in driveways, home to our silent
- Ah, dear father, graybeard, lonely old courage-
- teacher, what America did you have when Charon quit
- poling his ferry and you got out on a smoking bank
- and stood watching the boat disappear on the black
- waters of Lethe?"
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