- Paperback: 87 pages
- Publisher: Cadmus Editions; 1st edition (1980)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0932274064
- ISBN-13: 978-0932274069
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,033,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The incident took place in Snowmass, Colorado, at the Fall 1975 Seminary, a three month program intended for advanced, committed students of Trungpa. Poet W. S. Merwin and his girlfriend Dana Naone were allowed to join even though they did not have the established student-teacher relationship with Trungpa. This turned out to be a mistake, as the poet and his girlfriend brought with them an independent spirit not suitable for the environment. Two months in, Trungpa hosted a Halloween party, at which he showed up drunk and immediately got naked. Merwin and Naone retreated from the party to their room. Trungpa instructed his "Vajra Guard" to bring them back to the party, by force if necessary. Force was necessary. The Guard broke down the locked door to Merwin's room.Read more ›
Poetry abandoned its sense of reason, and in swept gangsters like Trungpa and Ron Padgett. Result: read all about it in Clark's book, if you can find a copy.
The same thing happened at Rajneeshpuram, and other hippy meccas. Sneaky finks calling themselves gurus swept into the vacuum left by the vacant minds of hippies, and the result was sheer terror.
What was that somebody said about eternal vigilance? I must have smoked too much pot. I can't remember.
Clark has a funny brutal sense of reality. I recommend all his books to anyone who wants to stay alive. He functions. While most of his generation of poets were just idiots swimming in swill, and happy to do so, Clark was a citizen that the founders of this republic would not have scorned. He is a man of principle, and God save the creeps that Clark chooses to ridicule.