Monday, 20 October 2014


Rob Ayling writes: 

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Tom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied with in seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not? why not indeed!!" (The wondrous poetpic is by Jack McCabe, who I hope forgives me for scribbling all over it with Photoshop)

Kerouac was accused of "typing" after publishing ON THE ROAD
Burroughs CUT-UPS plumbed depths of random events
Neal Cassady was the original DEAN MORIARTY
Everybody was writing about each other/mythologizing their lives
Pre-confessional poets,they spilled the personal pronoun 
in diary entries and letters to each other ,sharing adventures
which evolved into short stories and hip novels.
This small seed grew out of threaded lives
Now they are dead(apart from honorable Ferlinghetti)-
we call the BEATS a collective movement/forgetting
each individual life that echoed through each others' correspondences
They have left.We only have text.Movies repeat a shadow's moving image
If we were alive then,we would dispute as witnesses
As of now,we take each @face value
awaiting a myth that fits our 2014 days..
Neal Cassady - The legendary Joan Anderson Letter -  

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