Sunday, June 3, 2018

estepona: you walked into a gunshop, by Sinclair Beiles



An unpublished poem by Sinclair Beiles. Courtesy: The Cold Turkey Press archives

Saturday, May 19, 2018

the poet adored her, by Sinclair Beiles



Unpublished poem by Sinclair Beiles. Courtesy: The Cold Turkey Press archives

Friday, May 4, 2018

Backbone, by Sinclair Beiles



Unpublished poem. Courtesy: The Cold Turkey Press archives

The Strange Land, by Sinclair Beiles


Unpublished poem dated 10 May 1975. Courtesy: The Cold Turkey Press archives

Monday, February 5, 2018

Beiles ready to launch into space


Photo: Galarie Iris Clert. From right to left: Takis, Raimondos and Minos. In space: Sinclair Beiles.
1960. Photo provided by Bruno Sourdin.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Sacred Fix: a portrait of beat poet Sinclair Beiles



Sacred Fix is a documentary on Sinclair Beiles by Anton Kotze. It was broadcast on South African television in 1998.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Saturday, December 16, 2017

'i used to look under my mother's bed ...' by Sinclair Beiles


Published in Death Notice, privately published, circa 1989.

'all the ecstatic faces annointed by god ...' by Sinclair Beiles


From Death Notice, privately published, circa 1989.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Who was Sinclair Beiles? at the Beat Hotel Revisited



Excerpts from Who was Sinclair Beiles? will be read by French actor Emmanuel Barrouyer at the Beat Hotel Revisited event in Paris on Friday, 3 November 2017. The event is organised by Tsunami Gang, Tsunami Books and Paris Surrealiste, and presented by Henrik Aeshna and Steve Dalachinsky.

Friday, October 6, 2017

A headstone for a poet who moved to a different beat

An article recently appeared in South African Jewish Report about the unmarked grave of Sinclair Beiles in Westpark Cemetery, Johannesburg. There are several inaccuracies in the article, as well as spelling mistakes. I also did not take the photo of Beiles's grave that appears in the article. When the journalist contacted me, I thought she was referring to some photos of Beiles's grave that I had posted on Facebook a few years back.

The once prolific yet totally unsung and overlooked poet, died 17 years ago and to this day no one has honoured him with a tombstone befitting a man who lived a less than ordinary life.

Sinclair Simon Maurice Beiles was arguably South Africa’s best Beat Generation poet. He was once described by the legendary beloved Jewish singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen as “one of the best poets of the century”. Read more