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36th Summer Writing Program Magazine

The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics

Naropa University

SWP blog


Michael D. Edwards

Annie Maier

Bradley Sands

Book Design:  Bradley Sands and Michael D. Edwards

Cover Design:  Michael D. Edwards

2010, Naropa Press

Boulder, Colorado

Poetry:  Renee Zepeda, Chris Weige

Photos:  Chiai Matsumoto

The Twitstat Project (now in limited edition + electric) by Reckon

The Twitstat Project

A collaborative double book of new/experimental poetry by Chris Weige and Renee Zepeda (Spring 2010).

Published, designed, and edited by Renee Zepeda and The Pulchritudinous Press:

60 pages, hand-sewn binding, Strathmore-style paper, cherry vellum, personal stamp & bookmark.

Inspired in part by the Twitstat application, whereby users post 140 character messages via mobile phone to Twitter.

Printed in a special limited edition of 36 copies in Boulder, Colorado.

Cover art and photography by Chiai Matsumoto

Purchase a limited edition of The Twitstat Project

Purchase the electronic PDF version

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HOWL Premieres at Sundance by Reckon

"You feel a responsibility to get it right," said actor James Franco regarding what it was like portraying one of his heroes, poet Allen Ginsberg, in the anticipated new film HOWL. The movie, which pays homage to Ginsberg's epic poem, is set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, on Thursday. (...)
In 1956, one of the most controversial works of American art galvanized a generation.  Now, the story behind Allen Ginsberg's HOWL come to life in a genre-defying feature film that is at once a legal drama, a character study and an animated trip into the magic and madness of the modern world.

James Franco stars as the young Allen Ginsberg - poet, counter-culture adventurer and chronicler of the Beat Generation - who recounts in his famously confessional, leave-nothing-out style the road trips, love affairs and search for personal liberation that led to the most timeless and electrifying work of his career, the poem "Howl."

Meanwhile, in a San Francisco courtroom, "Howl" is on trial.  Prosecutor Ralph McIntosh (David Strathairn) sets out to prove that the book should be banned, while suave defense attorney Jake Ehrlich (Jon Hamm) argues fervently for freedom of speech and creative expression. The proceedings veer from the comically absurd to the fervently passionate as a host of unusual witnesses (Jeff Daniels, Mary Louise Parker, Treat Williams, Alessandro Nivola) pit generation against generation and art against fear in front of conservative Judge Clayton Horn (Bob Balaban).

The trial's heated controversy and Ginsberg's provocative memories are woven around "Howl" itself, its images of ecstasy and anguish, of desire, madness and wonder, brought to vivid, visceral life in a fever dream of inventive animation.  Echoing the vastness and originality of Ginsberg's poem, HOWL mashes up genres and rides wild emotions as it reveals all the ways a fearless work of art impacted its creator and the world.

Opening night at Sundance used to be the province of big crossover movies that linked the independent world and Hollywood. But the new festival director, John Cooper, is shaking things up. "I was inspired by this film," he says. "It's time to talk about art in America again, not just healthcare because art really can change everything. We owe so much to Ginsberg." (...)

from Ginsberg's Howl Resounds on Film | The Guardian

How Allen Died (in the words of Gelek Rimpoche)
Cadets read Howl February 19, 1991 Virginia Military Institute Unknown Collaborators Gordon Ball
After 50 Years, Ginsberg's 'howl' Still Resonates by Npr Download now or listen on posterous

howl20061027_atc_16.mp3 (3843 KB)

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The Awakener - New memoir about Jack Kerouac by Reckon

New memoir about Jack Kerouac and life in Greenwich Village in the late 50s and early 60s…

“Weaver—immortalized in Kerouac’s Desolation Angels as Ruth Heaper—writes this book ‘as an act of atonement’ to Kerouac: ‘I rejected him for the same reason America rejected him: he woke us up in the middle of the night in the long dream of the fifties. He interfered with our sleep.’”

Front cover photograph: Jack Kerouac and Helen Weaver in Greenwich Village, ca. 1963. Photographer unknown.

via City Lights

Excerpt (PDF)

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Shrugged by Reckon

Watch money. Money is the barometer of a society's virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent but by compulsion, when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing, when you see that money is flowing to those who deal not in goods but in favors, when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you, when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice, you may know that your society is doomed.

Excerpt from Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand, 1957.

via Means

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