Author : Ewan Clark
Publishers : Counter Culture Chronicles/Casioli Press
Year : 2020
Language : English
Pages : 16, risographed & saddle stitched
Photography : John Doss
Editiorial design : Lula Valletta
Numbered edition of 70
Postage & packing not included
Ewan Clark is a writer and English teacher at a secondary school in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Clark graduated from the University of Nijmegen with theses on Lew Welch for his BA and Alexander Trocchi for his MA. He has since gained a second MA from the University of Utrecht and has written a hitherto unpublished biography of Lew Welch, of which the Counter Culture Chronicles/Casioli Press edition Howling in his Hills of Sur is an excerpt.
The fragment of Clark’s biography, published as a risographed edition of 70 by Counter Culture Chronicles & Casioli Press entitled Howling in his Hills of Sur, focuses on a letter from Lew Welch to Black Mountain poet Robert Duncan. The letter was written during a stay at Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s cabin in Bixby Canyon, where Welch had retreated in the summer of 1962 after one of his mental breakdowns and his break-up with Lenore Kandel. Suffering from depression and drinking heavily, Welch describes how he tries to get in touch with himself, break free from the demons that had been tormenting him for many years and rekindle his creativity. Lew Welch, who is associated with the Beats and was friends with Gary Snyder and Jack Kerouac, would eventually fall prey to the very demons he tried to conquer in Bixby Canyon. Welch disappeared in 1971 after having written a suicide note. He is believed to have died at the age of 44, although his body was never found.