N a p a l m H e a l t h S p a : R e p o r t 2 0 1 2
Insiders Outsiders for Ira Cohen
When we first met with the Kathmandu set
on a sunny day in Woodstock
You explained the joy & the pain of publishing poems
on handmade paper in Nepal in the 70’s
& You inspired me to start my Shivastan Press in Nepal in the 90’s
to continue the creative tradition You & Angus started
Bardo Matrix, Star Streams, Dream Weapon
Spirit Catcher Book Shop
All now rare as opalescent vulture’s teeth & 1000 year old unicorn eggs
A book is a beautiful thing
You name dropped me an avant garde education
Bowles, Burroughs, Gysin, Ziprin & Corso
Midgette, Malanga & Maclise
Paul Babes, Little Ira, Ganesh Baba, Jack Smith & Penny Arcade
Vali, Debbie Harry, Chris Stein & Joey Ramone
Peter Lamborn Wilson, Louise Landes Levi, Janine Pommy Vega,
Charles Henri Ford & Indra
etc, etc, etc!
Morocco, Amsterdam, New York, Kathmandu
Italia, Ethiopia, Angkor Wat & Timbuktu too...
Now that the translucent psychedelic opium bubble
swirling on the edge of time has burst
may the purple shadow of your poetry never diminish in size
Your work will live forever in the Akashic records of eternity
Born of parents who could not speak
You never stopped speaking
& I tried to devour every golden razor tongued word
You were right when you screamed at me on the phone:
“You don’t know anything!!!”
Was the bat palace really Shangri-la?
Why did Mata-ji cry on that houseboat on the Ganga in Banaras?
Was the Bardo Matrix press really financed by the CIA
& King Birendra of Nepal?
Why did the silently smoking sadhu
hold his arm in the air for 12 years?
How many million pilgrims shit at the Kumbha Mela?
How did Paul Bowles make love to a Moroccan?
How did William Burroughs make electricity from dead cats?
Was mylar photography really inspired by butterflies wings?
Did the secret caverns below the self arisen stupa
really connect to Lhasa?
How big were the roses in Bir Singh’s garden?
What did Jack Smith’s bejeweled lair look like?
How did Vali get those tribal tattoos?
How many topless angels can dance on the head of your pen?
Has the gold dust in your squid ink finally faded?
Does the one legged blind beggar cry for you?
Is it true that “Whatever you say may be held against you”?
If Groucho Marx said you had an ethereal body
would you hold it against him?