Ken Kesey

Ken Kesey
Ken Kesey
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On October 24, 1989, Ken Kesey showed up in New YorkCity in the company of Paul Krassner (The Realist) to address a meeting of The Reality Club.

"As I've often told Ginsberg," he began, "you can't blame the President for the state of the country, it's always the poets' fault. You can't expect politicians to come up with a vision, they don't have it in them. Poets have to come up with the vision and they have to turn it on so it sparks and catches hold."

Ken had recently completed a collaborative writing project with a group of students and he was searching for some words to leave with them to fire their intensity. What did he say? The following is the verbatim transcript from his talk, absent the drama and theatrical excitement of Kesey's bombastic delivery....[11.10.01]

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