Saturday, November 8, 2014

Friday, October 10, 2014

Uprooted wanderer: a review of Dowsings

Published in Cape Times, 12 December 1979. Sinclair is incorrectly named Simon Beiles (Simon being one of his middle names).

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Coming soon: A revised and expanded edition of Who was Sinclair Beiles?

A revised and expanded edition of Who was Sinclair Beiles?, including new material by Heathcote Williams and Carl Weissner, with additional photographs of Sinclair from the 1970s by Gerard Bellaart. Due out November 2014.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

A poem for Bruno Demattio, by Sinclair Beiles

A typewritten poem by Sinclair Beiles for artist Bruno Demattio. Demattio's son Hopi posted this poem to the Facebook profile of Afra Beiles. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Love Puppets: a theatre review of My Brother Federico

Published in the Times Literary Supplement, 16 May 1980

Valient bash at poor verse

Published in Rand Daily Mail, 12 August 1980

Friday, September 19, 2014

Bailes [sic] emerges from mentor's shadow

Shocking typo in the headline! From The Star, 6 February 1997 

Putting one's faith in poems

Published in The Star, 2 December 1981 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

shrivel, by Sinclair Beiles

A poem card published by Cold Turkey Press, France.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

SA poet lectures on Greek island

Published in The Star newspaper, March 1971.
Courtesy: The National English Literary Museum (NELM), Grahamstown 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Two poems by Sinclair Beiles published in New Coin, June 2014, edited by Gary Cummiskey

New Coin June 2014 is now out and contains poems by Kelwyn Sole, Alan Finlay, Kobus Moolman, Sinclair Beiles, Lucas Zulu, Arja Salafranca, Moira Lovell, Eva Jackson, Dawn Garisch, Goodenough Mashego, Kyle Allan, Haidee Kruger, Yannis Livadas, Gerard Rudolf, Khulile Nxumalo, Mangaliso Buzani, Mxolisi Nyezwa, Immanuel Suttner, Hans Pienaar, Catfish McDaris, Anton Krueger, Diana Bloem, John Carse, Mick Raubenheimer, Louise Anne Buchler, Lionel Murcott, Gail Dendy, Jim Pascual Agustin, Angifi Dladla, Carol Leff, Mzi Mahola, Allan Kolski Horwitz, Vonani Bila and Stephen Symons. Reviews by Kelwyn Sole, Rustum Kozain and Tlhalo Sam Raditlhalo.

New Coin is published by the Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA) and is available on subscription. Subscription for 2013 is R170 for two issues.  You can also subscribe now for the two 2014 issues, for R180.

Monday, June 16, 2014

The interrogation, by Sinclair Beiles

A poem by Sinclair Beiles, in English and Spanish, that appeared in the catalogue for an Artists for Democracy exhibition held in Santiago, Chile, in 1974. The poem was written for the occasion of an installation by artist Tina Keane.
Courtesy: Liliane Lijn.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Sinclair Beiles's poem 'Terrible dreams' and a letter to Carl Weissner translated into French

Carl Weissner: Letter to Sinclair Beiles, March 30, 1971. 
Dear Sinclair: The Sahara took water. And now what? While armies of hippies kneeling along the San Andreas Fault waiting for a sign. It's fascinating, this kind of stupidity that human beings are subjects, always. I see your ambassador just tickle the Athens junta to expedite your release and your repatriation. Was it reasonable to continue on bread and water, etc.., When you finally get so successful to score, even the bums in the world believe us immortal. Penniless in Greece? Therefore goes in the port of Piraeus amocher the first naval officer comes, you will be arrested and locked up pronto! Behold thy roof over your head. I remember, like, if I will find myself stuck without an arrow in a port, single, sitting or wandering and no place to anchor .... Read more here 

Sinclair Beiles, Rotterdam, 1972

Photos: Gerard Bellaart

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Blind Yourself, by Sinclair Beiles

Poem card published by Cold Turkey Press, France 2012.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Portrait of Sinclair Beiles, 1977

Drawing of Sinclair Beiles, 1977, place unknown and unable to recognise signature. Courtesy of George Dillion Slater.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

a sunday walk in rode, by Sinclair Beiles

Published by Cold Turkey Press, France, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The only time, by Sinclair Beiles

They might have been twins.
they looked exactly like each other
and they sat facing each other
in the underground.
Each of them was hesitant to speak
to the other.
But when one got off, the other
followed him and saw him disappear
into the side entrance of a bank.
He obviously worked in a bank
like the man who had taken the trouble
to follow him. That was the only time
they saw each other.

(Published in The Idiot's Voice, Cold Turkey Press, France, 2012)

Friday, February 21, 2014

Cut up! An anthology inspired by the cut-up method of William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin

Coming soon from Oneiros Books, UK. Contains a cut-up letter by Sinclair Beiles. Read more here

Saturday, February 8, 2014

MIT Exhibit Reveals How A Beat Poet Conquered Space Before Yuri Gagarin

The first man in space was Sinclair Beiles. A beatnik living in Paris, Beiles was recruited by a young Greek artist named Vassilakis Takis, who coaxed him to strap on a helmet and hover for several minutes, suspended electromagnetically, while reciting poetry. Beiles made his voyage in the Fall of 1960, and although he later said that the magnetism scrambled his brain, Takis proudly asserted that his expedition anticipated Yuri Gagarin’s space launch by six months...Read more here