Thanks to poet-entrepreneur Bob Holman for this one. Between 1986 and 1994 Bob produced over 50 “Poetry Spots” for the New York public television station, WNYC featuring a whole range of poets. This, the one on Allen, is one of the earliest of them. Check his You Tube channel for others. The text of the poem, “In My Kitchen in New York – for Bataan Faigao” (dated “Manhattan Midnight, September 5, 1984”) is included in White Shroud – Poems 1980-1985 and in Collected Poems and hereBataan Faigao is a full-time faculty member at Naropa University, and chair of the … Read More
With perfect timing (building on the interest created by Howl, both the reprint and the film) City Lights have just issued, in the familiar Pocket Poets format a new (50th Anniversary Edition) of Allen’s second collection, the ground-breaking Kaddish & Other Poems 1958-1960
This new edition features an afterword by Bill Morgan, as well as family photographs, Naomi’s paintings, and documents and letters relating to the composition of the poem”. For more details click here.
(2012 update – an interesting post relating to Allen and Kaddish may be accessed here.)… Read More