Waking up begins with saying Am and Now.
A Single Man (1964)
Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.
Playboy interview, 1971
Photo by Robert Doisneau: The Cellist (1957)
C’est Foi dans la langue du ciel,
Amour dans la langue des hommes.
“Faith” in the language of heaven, is
“Love” in the language of men.
Photo: Self-portrait of photographer Ben Canales (and the Milky Way) on Oregon’s South Sister volcano (2012)
a single dog
walking alone on a hot sidewalk of
appears to have the power
of ten thousand gods.
why is this?
Love Is a Dog from Hell (1977)
Photo by Keith Carter: Luna
Life is holy, and the journey is Now. Say it with a Bop beat.
Collected in A Casebook on the Beat (1961)
Illustration by Henri Matisse: The Circus, from Jazz (1941-43)
I have brought back a good message from the land of 102 degrees:
I had seriously doubted it before;
but the bedposts spoke of it with utmost confidence,
the threads in my blanket took it for granted,
the tree outside the window dismissed all complaints,
and I have not slept so justly for years.
It is hard, now, to convey
how emblematically appearances sat
upon the membranes of my consciousness;
but it is truth long known
that some secrets are hidden from health.
Collected Poems 1953-1993
Photo by Darlyne A. Murawski: Diatoms