November 25th 2010
I hope you are keeping warm or cool or dry, depending on what the weather is like in your part of the world.
But wherever you are, you’re only a couple of clicks away from ordering issue #63 of Beat Scene magazine. Which is hot off the press and contains (along with so much else) my definitive interview with the late troubadour poet Jack Micheline.
Beat Scene is not sold in shops. It can only be subscribed to or mail ordered from their website
Jack Micheline was one of San Francisco’s original Beat poets.
Jack Micheline hated being categorized as a Beat poet.
(Jack was an outlaw. He didn’t much care for literary movements or schools. And had particularly harsh words for the concept of a ‘Beat movement,’ which he felt was as much a product of media hustle as anything else.)
Yet Beat poet or no, Micheline was close to all the Beats; and the introduction to his first book of poems, River of Red Wine, was written by Jack Kerouac, who said of the other Jack: “He’s the nuts. A real poet.” The book was reviewed by Dorothy Parker for Esquire.
Jack Micheline was (and remains through his poems & songs & scats & chants and his stories) a gifted minstrel possessed of an original mind, as well as a highly accomplished primitive painter. (All but one of the gouaches Jack gave me over the years are in my archive at Stanford University. But I can still admire at will the small framed ‘horsey’ painting on the wall above my computer desk.)
My long interview with Jack was conducted shortly after he read to a packed house at Ins & Outs Press in Amsterdam, where he was also staying as my guest. That was in November of 1982. The interview was initially published online in 2002 by Exquisite Corpse and is now appearing for the first time in print.
As for Jack’s Amsterdam reading, it was of course excellently recorded and is available on audio cassette. You can order the cassette (and other Ins & Outs publications) here
Beat Scene, where the myriad voices of the Beat Generation can always be heard.
Issue #63 contains:
* JACK KEROUAC’S WATERMELON MAN…by Paul Maher Jr.
* FROM MICRO TO MACRO – A VIEW OF CHARLES OLSON by Chris Torrance
* EITHER POETRY OR A MACHINE GUN – AN INTERVIEW with JACK MICHELINE by Eddie Woods
* A SUCCESSFUL TANDEM – CHARLES BUKOWSKI AND MARVIN MALONE by Abel Debritto
* GOING BACK TO NY POETS SCHOOL – An interview with Terence Diggory by Kevin Ring
* ON THE ROAD TO GO – JOHN CLELLON HOLMES’S FIRST NOVEL THE TRANSGRESSOR
by Jaap Van Der Bent
* CRAZY LOVE…a wonderful Bukowski film…by Kevin Ring
* Peter Orlovsky….a personal recollection…Kevin Ring
* Interview with Ann & Sam Charters, talking about their new biographical collaboration
* BROTHER SOULS – John Clellon Holmes, Jack Kerouac and the Beat Generation…
a new book by Sam & Ann Charters
* William Burroughs – Queer…an interview with Oliver Harris
* David Markson by Jim Burns
* The Beat Scene Review section…..
Ciao for now, EDDIE
“In any game between poetic yentas, Jack Micheline is a sure bet to hold trumps & aces.”
– Ira Cohen (in an early 1980s letter to Eddie Woods)