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Ira Cohen
He uses phrases like:

"Electronic/Multimedia/Shamanism" and Akashic Record and they are cool names if you know what they mean or can get past them. He is not a "Beat" and resents association with the Beats though he has been called "post-beat" which is important for our knowledge. But I see him as being in the heart and belly of the 60's doing the real work--camera, pen, dope, exploration of mysticism, a multi-faceted phenomenological mystic with real visionary powers. And I want to open people up to him. Bring them through a friendly door and then let them descend into Ira's world without knowing it is happening, and then finally find themselves in this mystic paradise of life and death, his "revolving door". And then ask themselves "how in the world could I have not known Ira Cohen?" Or have not known how key he is and was to the understanding of the old and the new, the hallucinatory mind-expanding layers of reality that frighten and amuse us, the panorama of the traveling circus of all physical and non-physical things. Cohen is a true and unquestionable original innovator, friend of Gysin, Burroughs, Bowles, and Charles Henri Ford, the absolute geniuses of transformation, transmigration, and the cosmic joke. And then when the audience walks away they will say, where is that monument to Ira Cohen, the one we built for Rimbaud and Baudelaire, for Burroughs and Valery, for Genet and Gertrude Stein. Ira Cohen must be made accessible! But he has made it absolutely impossible to penetrate the organic construct of his spirit, without running the risk that you will sell him out in the process--or maybe not. Maybe something gentle to begin with, a pale lavender, a dash of blue and fluff of white, then the slow spinning of Gods and Gurus and Shamans and Mythologies, the painted faces, deformed limbs, the broken erections, the flaming corpse of his dearest friend Angus MacLise and then settling everyone down to say: Hey, it's alright. There is life, laughter, love and humanity in these strange visions, no need to come down from your trip, be cool with it, it is the inside of a beetle's shell, life in a termite nest, air rushing through the lungs and jaws of a lion, a hoot!
Michael Rothenberg
Poeta, fotografo, regista, viaggiatore, Ira Cohen, nato il 3 febbraio 1935 da genitori sordi, cominciò a sviluppare la sua visione all'età di un anno imparando a parlare con le dita. Nel 1961 si imbarcò su un cargo yugoslavo per Tangeri dove visse per 4 anni e pubblicò Gnaoua, una rivista dedicata all'esorcismo introducendo le opere di Brion Gysin, William Burroughs, Harold Norse e altri membri della interzone mob. Produsse anche Jilala, una mitica registrazione di musica in trance di una... poeti-2fcohen-ira-2f154886-1792451049852-1196930751-32048228-2054148-n