Lenore Kandel ( 1932-2009)
We’ve been meaning to feature this and come to it a few months late, perhaps (it was published in the Spring by North Atlantic Books, and launched with a memorable reading at the Beat Museum this past May (highlights from that - Brenda Knight, ruth weiss, Gerald Nicosia... - here, here and here).
Here’s Lenore, reading from the opening section of the book - her ground-breaking spiritual-erotic celebration from 1966, "The Love Book" - "Love poems, which", as she points out, "had a very strange effect, since they were arrested by the police!"
Here’s another beautiful interview-document. Lenore, from 2007, two years before her death, (in conversation with the Spaniard, Carlos Fresneda - and gorgeously and tenderly illustrated with a lovingly-compiled slide-show by Isaac Hernandez) – “My only desire is to have no desire..” – "I'm serious but I play" - She reads "Beast Parade" (part of her poem, “Circus”, from Word Alchemy (1967)) - "love me, love my elephant".
"If my head is holy, my asshole is holy" (recalling "Footnote to Howl")
We’ll conclude with this charming memory of Lenore from her neighbor, Stephanie Salter - "I did suspect...that she'd been a bohemian in her day. I had no idea how much of a bohemian until I read her obituary".