Mind Writing Slogans
by Allen Ginsberg
"First thought is best in art, second in other matters."
— William Blake from "Definitions, a Preface"
"Two decades’ experiences teaching poetics at Naropa Institute, half decade at Brooklyn College, and occasional workshops at Zen Center and Shambhala/Dharmadhatu weekends have been boiled down to brief mottos from many sources found useful to guide myself and others in the experiences of writing the mind."
— Allen Ginsberg
Read a selection from Mind Writing Slogans.
Allen Ginsberg changed American poetry with the publication of his first book, Howl and other Poems in 1956. As a poet, teacher, and cultural catalyst, Ginsberg inspired generations to "write their minds." This little book was printed as a commemorative of "The Beats and Other Rebel Angels" conference honoring the poet, held in Boulder Colorado in July of 1994 .
Mind Writing Slogans can be seen as a little inspirational pocket guide to the creative process from one of the greatest poets of the 20th century. A companion to Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s The Street’s Kiss.
Letterpress printed in 1994 on archival-quality papers in multiple colors in an edition of 800 copies.
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