Thanks to Bill Lavender in New Orleans!

Thank you Bill for all your help and support!
I totally enjoyed our afternoon at Napoleon’s…

Lunch again at Napoleon w/ Joe & Nancy in from Pacifica & Guerneville for the festivities. Muggy breezy day. The blues began this morning w/ a communique from Neeli Cherkovski: Lenore Kandel is dead. I first knew her when she & Lew Welch were living together at the East/West House collective in San Francisco. She came from L.A. – & performed in Sunset Blvd. coffee houses in beat attire & published a couple of chapbooks to sell in the clubs. She was a striking looking woman who wrote the “controversial” sequence of erotic poems, “The Love Book.” Her book coming out during the season of the Lady Chatterley trial, the Tropic of Cancer trial, the persecution of Lenny Bruce. Lenore’s book was the sexual experience expressed from a female vision of empowerment, not submission. Her next book, “Word Alchemy” expressed a new level of her lyric gift.

Earlier today Katherine Hastings sent me this quote of Lenore’s: “There are no ways of love but beautiful.”

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The last time I saw Lenore was when we & other poets were gathered together for some Beat redux event at SF’s Jewish Community Center auditorium. I’d forgotten my pain meds. We talked about our various crippling ailments in the “green room” & I told her I forgot my Vicodin. She immediately reached into a beaded bag & pulled out a container & laid one on me. “Do you want two?,” she asked. We talked about our losses & looked to the ongoing we would never abandon. Lenore read from a chair on stage. She read w/ great power & deep wisdom of an even deeper knowing. David

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and your blues at Bob’s Compound.

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We will be back to New Orleans soon… so see you around. –Terri

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