Allen Ginsberg (June 3, 1926 - 1997) asked of Walt Whitman: “Which way does your beard point tonight?” And Uncle Walt answered from the future: “The typewriter is holy the poem is holy the voice is holy the hearers are holy the ecstasy is holy!”
Amen.
Photo, as ever, a 20x24 Polaroid by Elsa Dorfman

Allen Ginsberg (June 3, 1926 - 1997) asked of Walt Whitman: “Which way does your beard point tonight?” And Uncle Walt answered from the future: “The typewriter is holy the poem is holy the voice is holy the hearers are holy the ecstasy is holy!”

Amen.

Photo, as ever, a 20x24 Polaroid by Elsa Dorfman

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It’s Marilyn’s birthday again. She’s 88 today, and since retiring from her day job of nearly 40 years - teaching English Lit. at Los Medanos Community College in Brentwood - she has been residing in a nearby, quiet assisted living complex for the last 15 years, together with her companion, Thad Brown, a retired CIA operative.

Upon reaching the ripe old age of 88, Ms. Monroe stated: “I now live in my work as an independent scholar, and in a few relationships with the few people I can really count on. Fame will go by, and, so long, I’ve had you, fame! I’ve always known it was fickle.”

Here we celebrate Marilyn and her good friend Jane (who kept a close bond with Marilyn until her own passing in February 2011, despite their growing political and religious differences) with a track from their 1953 smash hit film, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Marilyn Monroe & Jane Russell: When Love Goes Wrong, 1953

On the Beach at Night Alone - by Walt Whitman

On the beach at night alone,
As the old mother sways her to and fro singing her husky song,
As I watch the bright stars shining, I think a thought of the clef of the universes and of the future.

A vast similitude interlocks all,
All spheres, grown, ungrown, small, large, suns, moons, planets,
All distances of place however wide,
All distances of time, all inanimate forms,
All souls, all living bodies though they be ever so different, or in different worlds,
All gaseous, watery, vegetable, mineral processes, the fishes, the brutes,
All nations, colors, barbarisms, civilizations, languages,
All identities that have existed or may exist on this globe, or any globe,
All lives and deaths, all of the past, present, future,
This vast similitude spans them, and always has spann’d,
And shall forever span them and compactly hold and enclose them.
Whitman - Manuscript poem (fragment) written and revised in pencil on a scrap of white paper, undated…
Walt Whitman. Holograph manuscript fragments assembled by Dr. Richard Maurice Bucke. Text published in The Complete Writings of Walt Whitman: Issued under the editorial supervision of his literary executors … (New York; London: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1902), Vol. III, no. 45.

Whitman - Manuscript poem (fragment) written and revised in pencil on a scrap of white paper, undated…

Walt Whitman. Holograph manuscript fragments assembled by Dr. Richard Maurice Bucke. Text published in The Complete Writings of Walt Whitman: Issued under the editorial supervision of his literary executors … (New York; London: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1902), Vol. III, no. 45.