photo: Allen Ginsberg
BEAT AND THE SPIRITUAL QUEST
OCTOBER 24, 1999,
$8 ($4 WALKER MEMBERS AND STUDENTS)
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"For my fractured consciousness, Zen Buddhism seems to me the only path out of the 'nothingness' of Western philosophy. I need to find that discipline, that art form."
--Joanne Kyger, 1992
Poet Joanne Kyger and artist Bruce Conner both lived in San Francisco during the late 1950s, moving among a circle of Beat writers, poets, musicians, and artists. Kyger subsequently lived in Japan for several years with her then-husband Gary Snyder before returning to California, where she continues to cultivate a deeper understanding of Zen principles through her writing.
For this lecture, Kyger talks about the pursuit of spiritual meaning, an important part of the Beats' artistic process and one that continues to define her work today. Kyger, whose poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and literary magazines, has published 14 books of poetry. She lives in Bolinas, California, and teaches in the Poetics Program at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Cosponsored by Rain Taxi Review of Books.
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