Ah Pook Is Here

Filed Under Poegles 

William Burroughs, a forefather of the poegle, teamed with artist Malcolm McNeill in 1970 on a seven year project to produce a word/image collaboration known as Ah Pook is Here

The art and examples of the text from the book are now on display at the Salomon Arts Gallery in Tribeca. 

Jan Herman writes on the Huffington Post: “Although their seven-year project was left unfinished because they couldn’t get it published — a text-only version eventually appeared — McNeill writes that the collaboration ‘changed my perception of many things, and now, many years later, continues to do so.’ He adds, ‘The one lesson above all that working with Bill Burroughs had taught me [is] that art is a magical process.’”

Burroughs read from Ah Pook is Here on his 1990 spoken word album, Dead City Radio.  You can seee a video version of the track, Ah Pook the Destroyer/Brion Gysin’s All Purpose Bedtime Story, on Youtube here.

The show at Salomon Arts runs through December 14th.

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