Certain Words Must Be Said

Certain Words Must Be Said. Photo by Duane Michals, 1987



When I sit before a paper
writing my mind turns
in a kind of feminine
madness of chatter;
but to think to see, outside,
in a tenement the walls
of the universe itself
I wait: wait till the sky
appears as it is,
wait for a moment when
the poem itself
is my way of speaking out, not
declaiming of celebrating, yet,
but telling the truth

Allen Ginsberg

Two Boys Went Into a Dream Diner

 Photo by Duane Michals


Two boys went into a dream diner
and ate so much the bill was five dollars,
but they had no idea
what they were getting themselves into,
so they shoveled
garbage into a truck in the alley
to make up for the food.
After about five minutes, wondering
how long they would have
to work off what it cost, they asked
the diner owner when
their penance or pay would be over.
He laughed.
Little did they realize–they were
so virginal–
that a grown worker works half a day
for money like that.

Allen Ginsberg

Please Open the Window and Let Me In

Warren Beatty photographed by Duane Michals, 1961


Who is the shroudy stranger of the night,
Whose brow is mouldering green, whose reddened eye
Hides near the window trellis in dim light,
And gapes at old men, and makes children cry?

Who is the laughing walker of the street,
The alley mummy, stinking of the bone,
To dance unfixed, thought bound in shadow feet,
Behind the child that creeps on legs of stone?

Who is the hungry mocker of the maze,
And haggard gate-ghost, hanging by the door,
The double mummer in whose hooded gaze
World has beckoned unto world once more?

Allen Ginsberg

Ginsberg Behind The Lens



William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac


Peter Orlovsky, William S. Burroughs and Paul Lund


Ken Kesey and The Merry Pranksters


Neal Cassady driving The Merry Pranksters’ bus


Neil Cassady and Natalie Jackson


Iggy Pop


Philip Glass


Warren Beatty and Madonna


Bob Dylan


William S. Burroughs


Burroughs and David Hockney


Patti Smith and Burroughs