"Born Shigeyoshi Murao
in 1926, he was universally known as Shig. His playful demeanor—not to mention his signature beard, Pendleton shirts, Royal Air Force exercise vest, horn-rimmed glasses, and bowler—rendered him unforgettable. But that did not make him easy to know.
Shig, who died in 1999, is largely remembered for an event that occurred on June 3, 1957, when two undercover agents from the San Francisco Police Juvenile Squad showed up at City Lights to buy a seventy-five-cent book of poetry
." [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan
on Oct 5, 2011 -
poet of ecological awareness
[YouTube link], Zen appreciation
of "ordinary mind" and American speech, shamanistic intimacy
with the natural world, and surviving member of the Beat Generation (West Coast posse)
at age 78, has won
the $100,000 Ruth Lilly poetry prize. "Gary Snyder
is in essence a contemporary devotional poet, though he is not devoted to any one god or way of being so much as to Being itself," said Poetry
magazine editor Christian Wiman. "His poetry is a testament to the sacredness of the natural world and our relation to it, and a prophecy of what we stand to lose if we forget that relation.” Previous recipients of the Lilly prize include Adrienne Rich
, John Ashbery
, and W.S. Merwin
. [Previously mentioned here
posted by digaman
on May 7, 2008 -
Do you consider yourself a latter-day "beatnik"? Even young fans
of Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg proudly christen themselves
with the tag beatnik
these days, apparently unaware that word was originally coined as a term of ridicule
by San Francisco columnist Herb Caen. "Beat" was indeed used by Kerouac to denote both "beaten down" and "beatitude"
-- a state of revelation. He first heard the word spoken
by a Times Square hustler and writer named Herbert Huncke; then another writer, John Clellon Holmes, popularized the term "Beat" in a New York Times article
headlined "This is the Beat Generation." But the original Beats did not approve of the term "beatnik" -- combining "beat" with the Russian "Sputnik,"
as if to suggest that the Beat writers were both "out there" and vaguely Communist -- as this hilarious dialogue
[note: MP3 link] between a very young Ginsberg, anthropologist Margaret Mead, and an excruciatingly square talk-radio host makes plain.
posted by digaman
on Jan 14, 2005 -