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Interview with Allen Ginsberg

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Allen Ginsberg with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

That impulse to find a teacher never seemed to have nagged at Kerouac.
As I wrote in preface to Kerouac’s Pomes All Sizes (City Lights, 1993): the quality most pure in Kerouac was his grasp that life is really a dream (“a dream already ended,” he wrote) as well as being real, both real and dream, both at the same time. The realization of dream as the suchness of this universe pervaded the spiritual intelligence of all Beat writers on differing levels, whether Burroughs’ suspicion of all “apparent sensory phenomena,” Herbert Huncke’s Evening Sun Turned Crimson, Corso’s paradoxical wit—as in “Death hiding beneath the kitchen sink: 'I’m not real’ it cried, 'I’m just a rumor spread by Life.’”

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