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Tom Clark

Tom Clark’s novel, The Spell, was published by Black Sparrow Press in June 2000. He has written a biography of Kerouac.

The Beat generation

Tom Clark, 6 July 2000

When Allen Ginsberg’s Beat vision-quest came through England in the spring of 1965, I was appointed by this famous renegade minstrel to set down his legend for the Paris Review. Ginsberg’s last words in our interview came in response to an inquiry about the role of command in the compositional process. Sometimes when he was at work on his poems, he declared radiantly, he was overcome by ‘a sense of being self-prophetic master of the universe’.‘

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