Ted Joans Lives
- Ted Joans has died. He wrote "I, Black Surrealist" for Unmuzzled OX
22. In Paris he was a friend of Andre Breton and the late Charles
Henri Ford, who guest-edited Unmuzzled OX 22. I saw Ted a number of
times in New York and he invariably said he lived in Timbucktoo. He
died in Vancouver. When his friend Charlie Parker died, Ted took to
scrawling "Bird Lives" in chalk on the streets. It became a fad. He
was a Black beat like Baraka. Ted wanted to set up a relation with
Unmuzzled OX like that of Gregory Corso; but there was a market for
signed editions of Gregory's work, and I don't think there ever was
for Ted's. Anyway, one Gregory in my life was certainly enough.
Ted's widow asks that people who know his work find some chalk and
write somewhere Ted Joans Lives.