Remembering Carl Solomon

[Carl Solomon (1928-1993) – Photograph by Allen Ginsberg]

DREAM OF CARL SOLOMON

I meet Carl Solomon.                                                                                                                        “What’s it like in the afterworld?”

“It’s just like in the mental hospital.                                                                                                    You get along if you follow the rules.”

“What are the  rules?”

“The first rule is: Remember you’re dead.                                                                                         The second rule is: Act like you’re dead.”

 – circa 1996 from Wait Till I’m Dead: Uncollected Poems Grove Press / Penguin UK 2016

Carl Solomon would have been 89 years old today

Previous Carl Solomon postings on The Allen Ginsberg Project  here, here and  here, (and a Carl Solomon … Read More

Studs Terkel Radio Interview – Part 6

[Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara in Water Moon Form (Shuiyue Guanyin) Liao Dynasty (907-1125), 11th Century  (willow with traces of pigment,  woodblock construction), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York]

Studs Terkel’s 1959 interview with Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso and a taciturn Peter Orlovsky (courtesy PennSound) continues
ST: So in other words you believe in compassion ? (or) you’re afraid of that word too?
GC: Compassion is a beautiful word.
AG: I’m in favor of compassion in other people.
GC: That’s compassion for Gregory.
ST: But you feel you are not..  Now are you putting.. Is this a façade?
AG: I … Read More

Studs Terkel 1959 Radio Interview – Part 5

Studs Terkel‘s 1959 radio interview transcript (courtesy PennSound)  continues. See previous transcripts here, here, here and here

ST:  While the discussion goes on in the background. I was trying to whisper to the audience that I think there’s a seriousness and semi-seriousness, but we’ll see if you can sort of discern the chaff from the wheat.

AG:  No, I’ll talk over him (Gregory Corso)., I’ll talk over him. Now, the end of the poem [“Howl”] – which is where – “I’m with you in Rockland”, (which is a bug-house). I’m saying, “I sympathize, I … Read More