Allen Ginsberg Does Tai Chi

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

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up 4

What do you think is the best, most representative, Allen Ginsberg recording? Allen Ginsberg at his “mojo-strongest”? Peter Conners, author of the recently-published White Hand Society – The Psychedelic Partnership of Timothy Leary and Allen Ginsberg following a tip from our good friend Steve Silberman, proposes “Kral Majales” in the version off The Lion for Real album. What do other folks think?
(An invitation to sample our extensive audio and visual links is hereby proffered to refresh your memory!)
White Hand Society is now out, incidentally (we announced it a few months ago), and an excerpt can be … Read More

Kaddish – 50th Anniversary Edition

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

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up 3

Still off traveling but we thought we’d scatter a few crumbs. Couldn’t miss the weekly, or semi-weekly, round-up!

There’s a nice piece up about San Francisco’s lively independent bookstore scene, including, of course, City Lights,in the travel section of this Sunday’s New York Times – here‘s a sneak preview.

Another snippet of news – James Franco’s selection as co-host for the Oscar ceremonies this coming February…Hmm.. How many mentions of Allen on Oscar night will this mean?

Franco’s vivid portrayal of Allen in the movie has led a number of reviewers to recount their own memorable meetings with … Read More