To Struga Festival Golden Wreath Laureates
Allen Ginsberg's advice to all people, poets & otherwise
¨ Stand up against governments, against God.
¨ Stay irresponsible.
¨ Say only what we know & imagine.
¨ Absolutes are Coercion.
¨ Change is absolute.
¨ Ordinary mind includes eternal perceptions.
¨ Observe what's vivid.
¨ Notice what you notice.
¨ Catch yourself thinking.
¨ Vividness is self-selecting.
¨ If we don't show anyone, we're free to write anything.
¨ Remember the future.
¨ Advise only myself.
¨ Don't drink yourself to death.
¨ Two molecules clanking against each other require an observer to become scientific data.
¨ The measuring instrument determines the appearance of the phenomenal world after Einstein.
¨ The universe is subjective.
¨ Walt Whitman celebrated Person.
¨ We are observer, measuring instrument, eye, subject, Person.
¨ Universe is Person.
¨ Inside skull vast as outside skull.
¨ Mind is outer space.
¨ "Each on his bed spoke to himself alone, making no sound."
¨ "First thought, best thought."
¨ Mind is shapely, Art is shapely.
¨ Maximum information, minimum number of syllables.
¨ Syntax condensed, sound is solid.
¨ Intense fragments of spoken idiom, best.
¨ Move with rhythm, roll with vowels.
¨ Consonants around vowels make sense.
¨ Savor vowels, appreciate consonants.
¨ Subject is known by what she sees.
¨ Others can measure their vision by what we see.
¨ Candor ends paranoia.
June 25, 1986
Revised 1/29/90; 5/18/92