>Ira Cohen (1935-2011)

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[Ira Cohen 1935-2011 – photo by Jeffrey Silverthorne]

“Working at the Buddha factory, I dreamt one day I would be free”. Poet, publisher, photographer, film-maker, legendary “Beat” presence, Ira Cohen died last night in Manhattan. He was 76. For more on his considerable life-time achievement see here. For videos of him reading his poetry see here, here, and here. Nina Zivancevic’s 2001 interview with him for Jacket magazine may be read here. R.I.P. Ira.
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  1. >Ira Cohen–In Memoriam by Valery OisteanuWhat’s next? whispers Ira and becomes invisibleScream no more, from unquenched fateWe’ll see you on the other sideA Jewish Shaman walks away While the big flutes are silent, The extinct cactus remains still The bells are thunderstruck Our holy man of the straw mats Melts benignly into the molecular earthAfter an endless battle with himself A distorted shadow in search of Ganesh BabaFrom Chelsea all the way to Kathmandu 365 steps up to the Temple Swayambhu Kumbha Mella traveler overran by sadhusBlowing a dijiridou, jazz convulsions With potent magic mushrooms Psychedelic carnal lovers evaporating Disappearing on the magic carpet to the Kasbah Lamenting in the sub-ground Ethiopian churches Following the holy wind into the dessert Eating majoon, riding the sunset Tormented musicians of joujoukaHelter-skelter from Tangier to CreteWhat’s next boychick? What’s hip? Poetry shrunk down to tiny crumbsFarfetched nightmares no more! An avalanche of absurd nothingnessYisgadal v’yiskadash sh’may raboSufi in Ira’s coffee, Shiva in Ira’s teaBuddha in his wine, Yahweh in his tap water!Last chillum for trans-hypnosisThe king of Thunderbolt goes to sleep!

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