“Beat” – Richard Herd

Ginsberg howled in Tompkins Square Park
dogs lifted their legs and listened to Nietsche

Burroughs sat naked eating his lunch
while Corso stood on point

Kerouac danced into the end zone
his Buddha giving high fives
the Giants did not call

Ferlinghetti rode the Coney Island
dogs trotted freely in the streets


Forced to close up shop: The owner of A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books (named after Hemingway’s short story) stated, “It’s the passing of an era. It may be that the golden age of bookselling is past.”

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