Dick McBride was a poet of the Beat Generation who acted as a literary bridge between the United States and Britain, bringing the writings and spirit of the Beats to this country. In books and in performances of his own works and those of fellow writers, he sought to broaden awareness of the poets who had made such an impact on American writing.

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Dick McBride died peacefully at his home in Colwall, Herefordshire on Tuesday 28th August 2012.


As grass grows
So ceases sorrow
Madness welcomes sanity
Anger burns out
Hearts open again
Like roses rising in
The ashes of memory
So ceases sorrow
As the rubber of the sun
Erases the blackboard fog
Of desperate blindness
So ceases sorrow
Iron hands
Tied in knots of
Bound joy
Released as
The grass grows again
After the noise
Of hungry blades
Swift clocks brightening
Smiles of daisies in
Recently mown lawns
Softening the claws
In soft paws
Of sleep
Wounds heal
So ceases the
Sorrow of muddy rain
Erupting like glue
On palm-tree sands
And yet the grass grows again
Still the sun shines
As tall, green blades
Surgically remove doors
Of halls and
Cupboards hiding old taboos
As the grass grows
So ceases sorrow
And the grass grows again

From Remembered America: Poems by Dick McBride (Rue Bella, 2004)

Dick McBride reads the first chapter of The Astonished I.

The author recalls a conversation that he had with Jack Kerouac, who had phoned City Lights to talk to Lawrence Ferlinghetti about publishing Visions of Cody.

The Astonished I (Memories & Wet Dreams) was published by McBride’s Books in 1995, and is a recollection of the authors time in San Francisco. It is dedicated to his friend, Tim Prael and contains an introduction by Charles Plymell.

A slightly different version of the first chapter was originally published in Transit and then The Beat Journals, both published by Kevin Ring’s Beat Scene Press.

Recorded by J.Redman & L.Dow at St Ann’s Well Cafe, Great Malvern (Sept 10th 2004).

Urthona Buddhist & Art Magazine still have plenty of back issues of Issue #15 which includes “an affectionate memoir of the late Allen Ginsberg” by Dick McBride.

Back issues may be purchased at a cost of $7.00 including shipping.

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Issue 15: Struggle and Serenity (April 2001)

Rilke On Rodin
Allen Ginsberg and the Blue Rinse Brigade
Peter Abbs on Emily Dickinson
Twenty Great Dramas
Kathleen Raine review
Verdi celebration