belief & technique for modern prose

List of Essentials

  1. Scribbled secret notebooks, and wild typewritten pages, for yr own joy
  2. Submissive to everything, open, listening
  3. Try never to get drunk outside yr own house
  4. Be in love with yr life*
  5. Something that you feel will find its own form
  6. Be crazy dumbsaint of the mind
  7. Blow as deep as you want to blow
  8. Write what you want bottomless from bottom of the mind
  9. The unspeakable visions of the individual
  10. No time for poetry but exactly what is
  11. Visionary tics shivering in the chest
  12. In tranced fixation dreaming upon object before you
  13. Remove literary, grammatical and syntactical inhibition
  14. Like Proust be an old teahead of time
  15. Telling the true story of the world in interior monolog
  16. The jewel center of interest is the eye within the eye
  17. Write in recollection and amazement for yourself
  18. Work for pithy middle eye out, swimming in language sea
  19. Accept loss forever*
  20. Believe in the holy contour of life
  21. Struggle to sketch the flow that already exists intact in mind
  22. Dont think of words when you stop but to see picture better
  23. Keep track of every day the date emblazoned in yr morning
  24. No fear of shame in the dignity of yr experience, language & knowledge
  25. Write for the world to read and see yr exact pictures of it
  26. Bookmovie is the movie in words, the visual American form
  27. In Praise of Character in the Bleak inhuman Loneliness
  28. Composing wild, undisciplined, pure, com ing in from under, crazier the better
  29. You’re a Genius all the time*
  30. Writer-Director of Earthly movies Sponsored & Angeled in Heaven*

Thanks for the tips, Kerouac. But sorry to say, I’m cutting you from the tour. Some Australian chap named Morris Lurie will be taking your place.

Bukowski’s in, as always.

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2 thoughts on “belief & technique for modern prose

  1. me'somapui says:

    If you would be a poet, create works capable of answering the challenge of
    apocalyptic times, even if this meaning sounds apocalyptic.
    You are Whitman, you are Poe, you are Mark Twain, you are Emily Dickinson and Edna St. Vincent Millay, you are Neruda and Mayakovsky and Pasolini, you are an American or a non-American, you can conquer the conquerors with words….

    ferlinghetti lives

  2. You ARE a Genius all the time

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