Thursday, April 8, 2021

Beiles writes to Life Magazine


Nomad, Number 5/6, Winter/Spring 1960. "Manifesto" issue, with an Open Letter to Life Magazine signed by William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Sinclair Beiles and Gregory Corso.

Courtesy: Demi Shaft Raven

Monday, March 8, 2021

Sinclair Beiles on Cold Turkey Press

 'It's weird that the cloaca of Central Europe is also the mouth of English Literature. May Rotterdam be blessed by every English tongue in all the cloisters of the English-speaking world.'

Sinclair Beiles 

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Sinclair Beiles and the Beat Generation

 A new article about Sinclair Beiles has been published in New Frame, and Who was Sinclair Beiles?, which was published by Dye Hard Press, gets a mention.

The article starts: The 1950s were a tumultuous time for an Australian criminal and con artist called William Lindsay Pearson. An array of jewels was stolen from Brenthurst, the Johannesburg estate of the Oppenheimer family, founders of the Anglo American mining giant, in 1955. This treasure was, ultimately, derived from political connections to the apartheid state and the exploitation of Black workers.  ... more.

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Telegram from San Francisco by Sinclair Beiles and Annie Rooney

Published in New Departures, bumper edition, numbers 7,8,9 and 10, London, 1975. Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Ball. 

Sinclair Beiles, London, 1985

Photo courtesy of Raymond Foye


Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Two poems by Sinclair Beiles in the Insect Trust Gazette

 The Insect Trust Gazette, Summer 1968, published by Robert Bassara, Bekerley, California.

Courtesy: Richard S.E. Aaron

Minutes to Go advertised in Two Cities journal


Two Cities, Summer 1961, advertising the publication of Minutes to Go, published by Two Cities Editions.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Ashes of Experience


Not only Sinclair Beiles's first poetry collection, but also the first winner of the Ingrid Jonker Poetry Prize, in 1969. Incidentally, Ingrid Jonker would have been 87 yesterday, 19 September.

Happy this exile, by Sinclair Beiles

This exile.
In unfamiliar streets
Canaries sing
And women smile from their doorways
At the stranger
Who carries his heart
In his hand.
He walks about the marketplace
As if risen from the dead
An ancestor
Come to see his people
Trading old coins
Stamped with his likeness.

Published in Ashes of Experience, Wurm, Pretoria, 1969

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Minutes to Go Redux

Minute to Go Redux, by William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Sinclair Beiles and Gregory Corso, published by Moloko Print, 2020. Edited and introduced by Oliver Harris.


From 'The Exodus' by Sinclair Beiles

'And God was an Indian
Who did not kill insects -
And so without our toothbrushes
And our moustache mugs
We were savoured in the wilderness
Though we had these cachous to sweeten
Our breath and the tempers
Of Austrian hotel managers.'

From 'The Exodus', published in Ashes of Experience, Wurm, Pretoria, 1969