Intoxication: Heathcliff on Powell Street

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Slough Press, 2006 - American poetry - 111 pages

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Gorski's book will be worth a great deal of money after the author passes, unfortunately, because it is a collector's edition. So few of this first edition collector's are printed, you would not believe it. I think that Richard Linklater is planning to write a screenplay based on these early Austin art-theater community antics during the time when Austin became Austin, the live music capital of the world. There was also and art underground of people trying to discover themselves that melded in seamlessly with this town noted for individualists. What's crazy is that the underground artists here are women avatars. It's fascinating and can happen only in America. Hedwig Gorski is considered an American Mayakovsky, but in this during 1978, she is more like a female Bukowski, and directs a cut-up method verse play testing William Burroughs' game with daring he never tried himself. She undoubtedly picked up this conceptual and performance daring from the notorious art school, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She is one their most famous graduates. Fate teamed her up with Los Angeles escapee, Joy Cole. Together they developed what Gorski named Performance Poetry predating Slam. This book, though, shows their earlier philosophies and crazy practices, closer to avant-garde and Dada, while Gorski was in her wild twenties and Cole in her forties about 7 years before Cole died. What a backdrop for their adventures early Austin made. Can't wait till the movie comes out.  

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About the author (2006)

Hedwig Gorski's arhives and memoir about producing and directing Conceptual Art experimental theater performance poetry verse drama "Booby, Mama!" Her prologue and afterward help to add to the portrait of 1978 Austin, Texas, and her pedestrian experimental theater.

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