The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

When Legends Gather #216


Allen Ginsberg and Thelonious Sphere Monk

3 comments :

Vanwall said...

This is an awesome composition, let alone a wonderful choice of subjects - only in B&W could this much...muchness be in one shot.

Ted Barron said...

is this a gene smith photograph?

magPossible said...

notes on the back of the photo :
(credit ginsberg.org)

Allen with Thelonious Monk, at Baroness Pannonica "Nica" de Koenigswarter's apartment New York City 1961. Allen's note on the back reads: "After playing at Five Spot, (4am?) & Shooting up. Tompkins Square East, at the Baroness', a friend of her's, a lady." Photographer unknown. licensing >>