Friday, June 24, 2011

Nanos Valaoritis on Beiles

"One can even characterise him as a post-modern author, thanks to the ironical distance of his tone. And there is a definite tone to his poetry, an unmistakable and recognisable style that belongs to him exclusively.

"Perhaps it is because of this that he has always been treated as an alien, a stranger,an intruder, which all importanrt poets have been in their own time." - Introduction, A South African Abroad: Selected Poems

Monday, June 13, 2011


Small collection of poems published  by Propwash Publications (Halfway House), 1978. Drawings by Jemima Hunt. In my opinion not one of Beiles's best works, however a copy  (from poet Alan Ansen's library) is currently going for $108.63 (excluding postage) on

Sunday, June 12, 2011


Poem card published in a limited edition of 36 copies by Cold Turkey Press.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Burroughs on Beiles

"The poetry of Sinclair Beiles is distinguished and long-distilled; its unexpected, striking images bring a flash of surprised recognition. These poems open slowly in your mind, like Japanese paper flowers in water." - Williams Burroughs

Friday, June 3, 2011

Greek Interlude by Marta Proctor

Chabook of poems published in 1982. Two Cities Editions was a local imprint created by Sinclair Beiles and his wife Marta Proctor,  mirroring Jean Fanchette's Two Cities, in Paris.

Thus, despite the location of the imprint on the cover given as 'Paris', my impression is that the chapbook was in fact published in South Africa.

Sinclair Beiles in Beat Scene

Beat Scene No 64, features articles about Diane de Prima, William Everson, Jay Landesman, Anne Waldman, Janine Pommy Vega, Gary Snyder and William Burroughs, as well as a slightly shortened version of the eponymous chapter of Who Was Sinclair Beiles? by Gary Cummiskey, and more. Visit Beat Scene for details.