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The Dalai Lama in Central Park in 1999

February 26th, 2017 · 7 Comments · New York City, Poetry, Weird Things About Me

. Dalai-Rama! or The Light at the End of the Tunnel is the Twinkle in Your Own Eye! . In the days leading up to This Great Spirit Gathering in Central Park, The news reports were predicting 20,000 people or something. I was thinking, “This is going to be a LOT bigger than that!” I […]

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Lowell Celebrates Kerouac 2015

October 8th, 2015 · 15 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, Poetry, Real-life Adventure Tales

Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Adventure 2015 The first time I came to Lowell in 1983 you couldn’t find any indication Jack ever lived here.  I asked all around and finally found a bartender who said the only guy in town who knew about him was his old Reverend.  The afternoon barkeep even looked up his number […]

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Allen Ginsberg photo exhibit

November 4th, 2014 · 11 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, Poetry, Real-life Adventure Tales

Kaddish in Canada   We Are Continually Exposed To The Flashbulb Of Death The Allen Ginsberg Photo Exhibit University of Toronto Art Centre Sept. 2nd – Dec. 6th, 2014 . So, here’s a weird trip! I’ve been going to Beat gatherings for 30 years — and even at the very first one — the Kerouac […]

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Spring Peace piece

May 27th, 2014 · 14 Comments · Poetry

  Spring Peace piece . Gonna ring a big ding Calling out from Sing-Sing Gonna have a spring fling Kinda have an inkling Everything is gonna sell Comin’ out the dripping well Middle East a burning hell Clanging morning warning bell. The toast is up, the jam is done Twisted people think it’s fun Blowin’ […]

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Haiku for Carolyn Cassady

November 28th, 2013 · 12 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, Poetry

I just came across this in the files.  Glad I did.  Kinda cool. They’re not really traditional 5–7–5 haiku — they’re what Kerouac called Western Haiku — “simple 3-line poems that make a little picture” — written while I was living with and inspired by Carolyn.  There certainly was something about that woman that inspired.  She […]

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The Boys Who Grew From Northern Lands

February 5th, 2013 · 9 Comments · Poetry, Weird Things About Me

.   The Boys Who Grew From Northern Lands for my dad — Vern Victor Hassett From playing hockey with homegrown pucks, To riding in the back of pick-up trucks, Under cloudless, beating prairie skies, Chasing the girls with the prettiest eyes, Riding the roads from farm to boomtown, Working the land from Rose to […]

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The Royal Woods of Cassady County

June 17th, 2012 · 13 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, Poetry

The Royal Woods of Cassady County   . All the king’s horses and all the king’s men Rode through these woods and back again They cut down the trees all over the land But chopping this forest was strictly banned The king must have  his galloping grounds And live surrounded by chirping sounds So over […]

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A Shakespearean Cassady

June 17th, 2012 · 12 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, Poetry, Real-life Adventure Tales

A Shakespearean Cassady   . A month of rain in 12 hours can’t dampen the Spirit of a lifetime of experience or the experience of a lifetime. Two compatible souls a generation apart, Somehow related, somehow unjaded, somehow not faded, Still giggling unburdened, still freely unherded, Two jazz cats still flowing, still riffing, still reading […]

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Every Day Is A Gift

January 24th, 2012 · 7 Comments · Poetry, Real-life Adventure Tales, Weird Things About Me

Every Day Is A Gift   by Brian Hassett Every day you’re alive is a gawd-damned gift.  And that’s the whole shot, as Gregory Corso would say. Try adding up all the times your Indomitable Spirit was challenged but did not topple in a deathly firestorm of adversity.  There’s probably been a hundred of them, […]

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Brian’s Christmas Blessings

December 24th, 2011 · 4 Comments · Poetry, Weird Things About Me

  . May your lights be bright and your resilience strong, May your thoughts be poetry and your voice be song. May your dreams be vivid and your days be bold, May your riches be measured in human gold.     Happy Shopping Daze — 
But the best gift you can give is the gift […]

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The Ballad of The Profiteers

October 29th, 2011 · 6 Comments · Music, Poetry, Politics

The Ballad of the Profiteers   . You’re suckin’ on / your money’s teat, When nothin’s left / for folks to eat, You’re livin’ high / down on Wall Street, Crushin’ dreams / beneath your feet. How come it is / and why it’s not, The biggest thieves / are never caught, When all you […]

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A Song of Enid, I Sing

August 28th, 2011 · 28 Comments · Poetry, Weird Things About Me

Her father was an engineer on the CPR, so the whole family got to travel all over North America, when virtually no one in their town ever went more than a few miles from home. They had 5 sons, followed by 4 daughters, Enid being the first. They owned the first (and for a long time […]

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The Highest Peaks on RockPeaks

June 30th, 2011 · 20 Comments · Music, Poetry, Weird Things About Me

Here’s the (Route) 66 greatest musical performances ever captured on film — after watching thousands of clips and reviewing hundreds of them for RockPeaks, this is the best of the best . . . And it tells a story, one complete show of shows, in a sequence of greatness . . . Blessing the blast is Johnny Clegg bringing Nelson […]

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Lee Oswald and Lee Loughner

January 17th, 2011 · No Comments · Poetry, Politics

  I happened to be reading The Warren Commission when the the Tucson tragedy went down, and when I saw that mug shot with the left black eye and —  Click! . . . I started to notice an inordinate number of similarities between Oswald, Loughner and the two shootings . . . Both were […]

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Smokin’ Charlie’s Saxophone

September 5th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Music, New York City, Poetry, Weird Things About Me

Here’s a poem I wrote about the eternal spirit of New York City . . . including the ever-present ghosts of Charlie Parker, Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady . . . turned into a jazzy song by Will Hodgson and The Mighty Manatees, and played here with special guests Walter Tate Jr. on sax and Jason […]

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Be The Invincible Spirit You Are (Levi’s Jeans ads)

July 15th, 2010 · 13 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, New York City, Poetry, Real-life Adventure Tales, Weird Things About Me

. {the piece painted onto the wall of the Artomatic+ Art Gallery in London} . Lights dimmed, room hushed, MC in silhouette at center stage blessing the packed room of book-reading edge-cutting hipsters from all over the world thanks to email and web sites and a collective unconscious that keeps them striving for the new, […]

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Some famous people who didn’t have kids . . .

June 2nd, 2010 · 24 Comments · Poetry, Politics, Real-life Adventure Tales, Weird Things About Me

Sans Sons — a Song in Names Only . .   If you speak each name aloud or to yourself (rather than scan) it takes you on much more of a journey. It starts in triplet, then opens up . . .   Jesus Christ  Isaac Newton Plato. Mary Magdalene Mother Teresa Florence Nightingale; Joan […]

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Brian’s Online Video Collection

September 28th, 2008 · 24 Comments · Brian on YouTube etc., Hitchhiker's Guide to Jack Kerouac, Kerouac and The Beats, Merry Pranksters, Movies, Music, New York City, Poetry, Politics, Weird Things About Me

Here’s a bunch of online video clips   Here’s a full YouTube Playlist of all the “Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac” excerpts performed live at 10 different shows, in the order they appear in the book . . .  . Here’s the full & funny “Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac” show at The Beat Museum’s […]

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Where Wayward Jekylls Hyde — The Mighty Bama-Rama Rap

September 27th, 2008 · No Comments · Poetry, Politics

Where  Wayward  Jekylls Hyde The  Mighty  Bama-Rama  Rap                                                                                 by Brian Hassett, Sept. ‘08     Like tonight is the night, the Barack is The Rock, And “change” is The Word, and the voice has been heard, . And the heart is on the drums, and passion’s playin’ […]

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Sittin’ on my Roof in New Orleans

February 15th, 2008 · No Comments · Poetry, Politics

[performance poem] . I was sittin’ on my roof in New Orleans, When george bush came by sellin’ re-fried beans; Now, “I’m a man of means, by no means,” So he took ‘em back, Said, “Fuck you, Jack. You gotta have coin, and not live in a shack, in any country that I attack.” And […]

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Carolyn Cassady birthday poem

February 9th, 2008 · 15 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, Poetry

Happy B Day to The Big C! A girl so nice you had to C her twice! It’s the Big Sea at Big Sur! And finding the sacred rocks to reflect, and seeing the glistening gems shine thru the crashing waves of life with you. I saw the best minds of my generation get buzzed […]

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Love Is

February 9th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Poetry

Love  Is     . Love is missing someone             when they leave the room                         just for a minute   Love is living in an electric 3-D high-resolution wide-screen technicolor heaven             after living in a world of out-of-focus rabbit-ears                         in blurry black & white   Love is hugging the other person’s pillow in the […]

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