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Allen Ginsberg’s Mind Writing Slogans

In MInd Writing Slogans, Allen Ginsberg selected and arranged a series of quotes and presented them as a guide to perception and creation. They are posted all over the internet, so I won’t re-post all of them, but the first series on primary perception (22 out of 84) really struck a chord with me today. The two that keep pinging around in my head are "notice what you notice" and "if we don’t show anyone, we’re free to write anything."

  1. "First Thought, Best Thought" — Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche
  2. "Take a friendly attitude toward your thoughts." — Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche
  3. "The Mind must be loose." — John Adams
  4. "One perception must immediately and directly lead to a further perception." — Charles Olson, "Projective Verse"
  5. "My writing is a picture of the mind moving." — Philip Whalen
  6. Surprise Mind — Allen Ginsberg
  7. "The old pond, a frog jumps in, Kerplunk!" — Basho
  8. "Magic is the total delight (appreciation) of chance." — Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche
  9. "Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself. I am large. I contain multitudes." –– Walt Whitman
  10. "…What quality went to form a man of achievement, especially in literature? … Negative capability, that is, when a man is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact & reason." — John Keats
  11. "Form is never more than an extension ofcontent. — Robert Creeley to Charles Olson
  12. "Form follows function." — Frank Lloyd Wright*
  13. Ordinary Mind includes eternal perceptions. — A. G.
  14. "Nothing is better for being Eternal
  15. Nor so white as the white that dies of a day." — Louis Zukofsky
  16. Notice what you notice. — A. G.
  17. Catch yourself thinking. — A. G.
  18. Observe what’s vivid. — A. G.
  19. Vividness is self-selecting. — A. G.
  20. "Spots of Time" — William Wordsworth
  21. If we don’t show anyone we’re free to write anything. –– A. G.
  22. "My mind is open to itself." — Gelek Rinpoche
  23. "Each on his bed spoke to himself alone, making no sound." — Charles Reznikoff

Read the rest here.

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