Letter to poet Ronald Johnson (author of The Green Man)
from Larry Goodell, Placenta (Placitas), NM May 23, 1967
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Ginsberg gathering after his reading at the U. was a glittering affair – out here at the Thunderbird no less, packed with hippies & other type love seekers, great reading, packed house, love I swear everywhere, Keith Wilson (from Las Cruces) with just abt all his students come up for the reading and so they and I split from the Thunderbird and my God there was an entourage to my place and party of mostly strange friendly faces here. I love Allen’s American Journal things, right up to his arrival in Albuquerque and Emmett(Grogan, the Diggers founder) read some Kirby Doyle things, don’t know where they came from, then Larry Bird, the Santo Domingo Indian friend of Snyder’s and Ginsberg’s, DELIVERED a long poem abt the hunter, hunted, eagle, prey, flights unforgettable to me and Ann (Quin) and Bill (Latif Harris) and I guess just abt everybody there. Then Allen, back to read some more, a good sex poem that is where he is now folks.
AND at the San Felipe Feast Day May 1st windy day, corn dances, Ginzy was there with short-haired Peter (Orlofsky)and Julius (Orlofsky) and others. I sat and talked with him awhile, he really dug the dance, two clans at one last point out there dancing at once, counter-rhythms (I told Allen a little about Ives, & hearing the [two] marching bands at once), and the little kids got tickled every time they came around, dancing in front of Allen, I guess all his hair and sitting there moving to the drum beats. ///God is it dry here, they danced the corn dance over Sunday.
/// So, just bits here, hope to see you June 8th or 12th, for example. Ken Irby had THE GREEN MAN,liked it, read out to us a couple beautiful parts, so hello and love from me & Bill.