The Proust Questionnaire

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
AG: Excellent health. no flu, no leprosy.

What is your most marked characteristic?
AG: Incriminating eloquence.

What is your greatest extravagance?
AG: Poetry office with fax, Xerox and poetry archive

What is your favorite occupation?
AG: Writing poems in a bedside notebook.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
AG: Insanity, drug-induced or natural.

What is your greatest regret?
AG: I didn’t accept a friend’s invitation to get in bed naked in 1944

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
AG: Continuous cowardice

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
AG: Renew my body, set at 17.

Which living person  do you most despise?
AG: New York City’s Cardinal O’Connor, for his gay hypocrisy, considering that his powerful predecessor Cardinal Spellman was notoriously gay.

On what occasion do you lie?
AG: To protect friends from my public life in poetry. Candor for oneself doesn’t require snitching on others

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
AG: Virginity and/or cynicism and/or machismo

What do you regard as the lowest depths of misery?
AG: Co-dependency with madman or - woman

What is the quality you most like in a man?
AG: Intelligent beauty.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?
AG: Sympathetic self-reliability.

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
AG: Prince Myshkin in Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot

Who are your heroes in real life?
AG: William Seward Burroughs, Tibetan lama Nawang Gelek Rinpoche, sensei Philip Whalen, Bob Dylan

What is your favorite journey?
AG: To Benares, the “oldest continually inhabited city in the world”.

Where would you like to live?
AG: Sometimes Paris, sometimes London, sometimes Benares, sometimes San Francisco, sometimes New York.

How would you like to die?
AG: In Buddhist community peacefully, aged 100, in presence of a helpful lama

What is your motto?
AG: "First thought, best thought"

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what do you think it would be?
AG: The Eiffel Tower

What is it that you most dislike?
AG: Theopolitical nationalist “family values” TV hypocrites and their corresponding heads of state

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
AG: “Situation”, “sitting practice of meditation” and “Beat Genereation”

(Source: ginsbergblog.blogspot.de)

apoetreflects:

“As a poet I hold the most archaic values on earth … the fertility of the soil, the magic of animals, the power-vision in solitude, the terrifying initiation and rebirth, the love and ecstasy of the dance, the common work of the tribe. I try to hold both history and the wilderness in mind, that my poems may approach the true measure of things and stand against the unbalance and ignorance of our times.”
—Gary Snyder
 

apoetreflects:

“As a poet I hold the most archaic values on earth … the fertility of the soil, the magic of animals, the power-vision in solitude, the terrifying initiation and rebirth, the love and ecstasy of the dance, the common work of the tribe. I try to hold both history and the wilderness in mind, that my poems may approach the true measure of things and stand against the unbalance and ignorance of our times.”

—Gary Snyder

 

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kvetchlandia:

Uncredited Photographer     Wallace and Shirley Berman with Allen Ginsberg, Topanga Canyon     c.1969

kvetchlandia:

Uncredited Photographer     Wallace and Shirley Berman with Allen Ginsberg, Topanga Canyon     c.1969

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Poems are lifesavers when your boat capsizes.
—Lawrence Ferlinghetti. “What Is Poetry?” in Poetry As Insurgent Art. (New York: New Directions Books, 2007): 45. (via thesewindmills)
derrierelasalledebains:

#peterorlovsky #williamburroughs #tangier #tanger

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#peterorlovsky #williamburroughs #tangier #tanger

We’re all golden sunflowers inside.
—Allen Ginsberg
Cheat your landlord if you can — and must — but do not try to shortchange the Muse.
William S. Burroughs (via taotechill)

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