1965, Mai 1st (21:03 / 330Mb)

King Ginsberg 1965

a report (.PDF): ▶︎ "The Deportation of the King of May" by Peter Blažek

                                                                  Dokument, III. roč. FAMU “Majáles 65”

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Král Majáles (King Of May)

And the Communists have nothing to offer but fat cheeks and eyeglasses and lying policemen and the Capitalists proffer Napalm and money in green suitcases to the Naked, 

and the Communists create heavy industry but the heart is also heavy and the beautiful engineers are all dead, the secret technicians conspire for their own glamour in the Future, in the Future, but now drink vodka and lament the Security Forces, 

and the Capitalists drink gin and whiskey on airplanes but let Indian brown 
millions starve and when Communist and Capitalist assholes tangle 

the Just man is arrested or robbed or has his head cut off, but not like Kabir, and the cigarette cough of the Just man above the clouds in the bright sunshine is a salute to the health of the blue sky. 
For I was arrested thrice in Prague, once for singing drunk on Narodni street, once knocked down on the midnight pavement by a mustached agent who screamed out BOUZERANT, once for losing my notebooks of unusual sex politics dream opinions, and I was sent from Havana by planes by detectives in green uniform, and I was sent from Prague by plane by detectives in Czechoslovakian business suits, Cardplayers out of Cezanne, the two strange dolls that entered Joseph K's room at morn also entered mine and ate at my table, and examined my scribbles, and followed me night and morn from the houses of the lovers to the cafes of Centrum - 

And I am the King of May, which is the power of sexual youth, 
and I am the King of May, which is long hair of Adam and Beard of my own body 
and I am the King of May, which is Kral Majales in the Czechoslovakian tongue, 
and I am the King of May, which is old Human poesy, 

and 100,000 people chose my name, and I am the King of May, and in a few minutes I will land at London Airport, 
and I am the King of May, naturally, for I am of Slavic parentage and a Buddhist Jew 
who whorships the Sacred Heart of Christ the blue body of Krishna

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