Cajun Mutt Press Featured Writer 02/24/21

TALK TO ME/FUCK THE SYSTEM

As I lay me down to sleep
I pray the Lord my soul to keep
If I die before I wake
I pray the Lord my soul to take
my soul to take

talk to me
whisper in my ear
words I can’t possibly understand
sing all night
as we speed from Amsterdam to Athens
do your poet punk
Fuck You scream in Dutch
to telephone poles
mowing them down
with electric guitar
never more
than four chords
as we plummet
south

talk to me
whisper in my ear
words I can’t possibly understand
sing all night
as we speed from Rome to Tangier
do your lullaby ironic
Fuck You scream in Arabic
to telephone poles
mowing them down
with electric guitar
never more
than four chords
as we plummet

south

talk to me

©2021 Ron Whitehead All rights reserved.

Photo of Ron Whitehead by Yunier Ramirez.

“Ron Whitehead is a real visionary. Ron Whitehead, out there in Kentucky, is sowing the dragon’s teeth of a new heroics. Ron Whitehead is Bodhisattva in Kentucky.”
—Lawrence Ferlinghetti

“I have long admired Ron Whitehead. He is crazy as nine loons, and his poetry is a dazzling mix of folk wisdom and pure mathematics.”
—Hunter S. Thompson

“Ron Whitehead is one of the most exciting poets in America. Poet and literary activist, he is one of the great poets of his generation.”
—Douglas Brinkley

“Ron Whitehead is a prophet. He is one of the world’s greatest poet prophets. What an inspiring honor to hear him read here at Granada Nicaragua’s International Poetry Festival!”
—Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Ron Whitehead, His Holiness The Dalai Lama thanks you and offers his blessing and permission for you to create a poster of his message to you which you have written in the form of a poem. I would like to express my personal appreciation to you. Your poem of His Holiness’s message is extremely powerful and moving I am confident that it will inspire many.”
—Tenzin Geyche Tethong, Secretary to His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Poet, writer, editor, publisher, professor, scholar, activist Ron Whitehead is the author of 24 books and 34 albums. In 1994 he wrote the poem “Never Give Up” with His Holiness The Dalai Lama. In 1996 he produced the Official Hunter S. Thompson Tribute featuring Hunter, his mother Virginia, his son Juan, Johnny Depp, Warren Zevon, Douglas Brinkley, David Amram, Roxanne Pulitzer, and many more. Ron has produced thousands of events and festivals in Europe and the USA. He has presented thousands of readings, talks, and performances around the world. He has edited and published hundreds of titles. The recipient of many awards, his work has been translated into 20 languages. In 2018 Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer presented Ron with a Lifetime Achievement for Work in The Arts Award. In 2019 Ron was named Kentucky’s Beat Poet Laureate and was also the first U.S. citizen to be named UNESCO’s Tartu City of Literature Writer-in-Residence.. He is co-founder and Chief of Poetics for Gonzofest Louisville. Outlaw Poet: The Legend of Ron Whitehead documentary will be released by Storm Generation Films/Dark Star TV in 2021.

“Talk to Me: Fuck The System” by Ron Whitehead & The Storm Generation Band. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Bill Hardesty at Logan Street Music Studios. Photography & Video by Yunier Ramirez.

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