Beat Poets

Neal Cassady said, “We are actually fourth dimensional beings in a third dimensional body inhabiting a second dimensional world!”  This may not make sense to a lot of people, because most people saw Neal as a real space cadet.  Longitude and latitude give you your position on Earth and this accounts for the two-dimensional world.  People are solids, so we are three-dimensional beings having length, width, and height, but since Earth is moving through space you need to bring in the fourth dimension of spacetime before you can pinpoint an object by knowing where it is at a certain time.  When the American poet Diane Di Prima heard Neal say this, she responded with, “And the clay began to talk and became human – one part man one part woman.”

Written for Linda G. Hill Life in progress One-Liner Wednesday.

9 thoughts on “Beat Poets

  1. I haven’t really read a lot of Beat Poets…just saw them in biographies but they were huge at this time. Ginsberg I knew the best…Dylan hung out with them.

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      1. Yes i have…I have all of them…i’ve watched quite a few of them…love Maynard…I like how they break the 4th wall down in that show. Very ahead of it’s time.

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  2. There is some thinking among serious cosmologists that what we perceive to be a 3D universe is representatable as a 2D projection on the surface of a universe sphere and that we’re a just holograms created by that projection. Google “holographic principle.”

    Maybe Neal was a cosmologist who was just way ahead of his time.

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