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Don't Hesitate: Knowing Allen Ginsberg '72 through 97 by [Marc Olmsted, Bill Morgan]

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About the Author

Marc Olmsted is a poet, musician, and film-maker who has worked with Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary, and William S. Burroughs. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


This book is a masterpiece -- the most intimate, knowing, frank, and hilarious memoir of actual poetic practice with Allen I've ever read. - Steve Silberman, writer for WIRED

Don’t Hesitate is a masterpiece of candor. It is beautifully written and designed, making it a pleasure to read and re-read. One would like to pigeon-hole the book and say that it is a collection of poems; a collection of letters; a memoir; a love story; a character study; a coming of age story; a guide to meditation and enlightenment; but it is not just one of these things — it is all of them. —Bill Morgan, author of THE BEAT GENERATION IN SAN FRANCISCO

In Don’t Hesitate: Knowing Allen Ginsberg, youthful poet Marc Olmsted ricochets from one erotic and artistic incarnation and milieu to another before ultimate commitment to Tibetan Buddhism. This riveting account—letters, cards, drawings, photos as well as brisk perceptive narrative—is as incisive in self-depiction as in its rendering of many others from scene to scene, across the continent, across a quarter century, North Beach to CBGB to Buddhist retreat. Equally revealing of elder and younger poet alike, it’s a testament not only to love but, perhaps most importantly, friendship. — Col. Gordon Ball, author of 66 FRAMES

Who better to illuminate on the life and times of an elder Allen Ginsberg than his longtime intimate and student Marc Olmsted? From 1974 onward from North Beach to the Naropa Institute’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and elsewhere the Beat master engaged Olmsted‘s eager attention. Readers will delight in the insight that has emerged from that comradeship. —Neeli Cherkovski, author of HANK: THE LIFE OF CHARLES BUKOWSKI

Olmsted’s sinuous poetry moves on the page… thoughts at the instant they become muscular movements. —Michael McClure, author of HYMNS TO ST. GERYON AND OTHER POEMS
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  • File Size: 84789 KB
  • Print Length: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Beatdom Books; 2nd edition (September 15, 2016)
  • Publication Date: September 15, 2016
  • Sold by: Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01LXV5F7A
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,308,959 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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