Poetry & Doodles of the Psychedelic Age



“Awesome poetry by Ms. Sayward Ayre.”        –  Maria Coffman

“You rock! I love what you’ve got going on!”   –  Cheri Marchetti

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The Psychedelic Age of the 1960s and 70s is known for its rich exploration into wild new styles of music, open sexuality, legal use of psychedelics, and global activism for world peace. The ‘Summer of Love’ and the Fillmore, both in San Francisco, were stages for phenomenal events. Led Zeppelin, The Doors, the Beatles, the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, the Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, ACDC, Deep Purple and dozens of other talents ushered in entire music libraries of insightful, courageous statements for that era.

Discoveries deep into the realms of mind, consciousness and infinity rocked the news regularly, while on another front, the war of the day – Viet Nam – was slammed with heavy protests in the streets. Black equality, women’s rights, inter-racial marriage, animal rights, nature conservation, the Space Race against the Russians for the first moon landing, the Cold War, the assassinations of John and Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., the rituals of the Klu Klux Klan, Charles Manson, Andy Warhol, Timothy Leary, anti-segregation movements and so much more unfolded during those tumultuous years.

What was it like to grow up in the age of ‘Flower Power’, ‘Peace-Love-Dove’ and ‘Turn on, Tune in, Drop out?’ The author shares through ZOOMBACKIN: Poetry and Doodles of the Psychedelic Age her thoughts and feelings as a teenage woman coming-of- age in one of the most transformational periods of modern history.