- Title Pages
- A Prologue
- Chapter 1 A Usable Past
- Chapter 2 The Magic of Words
- Chapter 3 Whatever World There Would Be
- Chapter 4 The Stale Bread of Dedication
- Chapter 5 A Weekend in July
- Chapter 6 A Kind of Beatness
- Chapter 7 Neal & Co.
- Chapter 8 This Particular Kind of Madness
- Chapter 9 Angelic Visions
- Chapter 10 In the Temple of the Gods
- Chapter 11 A Torrent of Words
- Chapter 12 The Liveitup Kid
- Chapter 13 Perfect Fools
- Chapter 14 The Rising Tide of Fame
- Chapter 15 What Am I Doing Here?
- Chapter 16 The Horn
- Chapter 17 Too-Late Words
- Chapter 18 A Sweet Attention
- Chapter 19 To the Edge of Eros
- Chapter 20 Gypsying
- Chapter 21 A Turn of the Circle
- Chapter 22 Gone in October
- Chapter 23 On a Porch in Boulder
- Chapter 24 Final Chorus
On a Porch in Boulder
On a Porch in Boulder
- (p.385) Chapter 23 On a Porch in Boulder
- University Press of Mississippi
In the summer of 1982, Allen Ginsberg arranged a ten-day conference in Boulder, Colorado to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of Jack Kerouac’s novel On the Road. It was also a celebration of the Beat Generation and their accomplishments. It was at the Naropa Institute in Boulder that Ginsberg and Anne Waldman had established their center for Beat studies, which they named the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. Ginsberg invited filmmaker and friend Robert Frank to document the gatherings on the porch. Among those in attendance were John Clellon Holmes, Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Robert Creeley, Herbert Huncke, Diane di Prima, Carl Solomon, Carolyn Cassady, William Burroughs, and Ken Kesey. Holmes, who described the conference in his essay “Envoi in Boulder,” had undergone aggressive surgery for the cancer in his mouth and jaw. On July 15, 1986, he revealed that his cancer had returned. Despite his terminal illness, Holmes was still able to produce three collections of essays for the University of Arkansas Press even as he continued to write poetry.
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