Archive for Friday, September 14, 2012

25 years ago: Sunflowers, poetry, music help conclude River City Reunion

September 14, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 14, 1987:

  • With a single sunflower resting on the seat beside him, Allen Ginsberg concluded the River City Reunion with a reading of "Howl." The night had included readings and performances by William Burroughs, Andrei Codrescu, Diane DiPrima, John Giorno, and Anne Waldman. Sunflowers had appeared everywhere courtesy of Stan Herd, who had been trimming his crop art in a field near Eudora and had brought two truckloads of cut flowers into Lawrence. The Husker Du concert later had brought a slightly younger crowd to Liberty Hall, where "the floorboards shook, the windows rattled and there was even some mild-mannered slam dancing." The Reunion's main organizer James Grauerholz was reported to be "sifting through the rubble, taking care of final details" today. "It's clear at this point that there's no large profit," Grauerholz had said on the previous night, but he added that from an artistic standpoint, the week had been an unqualified success.
  • In Washington, Transportation Secretary Elizabeth Dole told President Reagan today that she was planning to resign her post at the end of the month in order to help her husband, Sen. Bob Dole, with his presidential campaign.


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