Henry Ferrini – Kerouac and Olson

Henry Ferrini’s impressionistic evocative Lowell Blues (2000) is a honeyed melancholic visual poem (somewhat imposed upon in this version by Journeyman Pictures intrusive logo!), with home-town boy Jack Kerouac’s words always at the center, featuring Lee Konitz’s mournful alto sax, and distinctive readings of Kerouac’s distinctive prose, by such distinctive voices as (those clearly belonging to) Robert Creeley, Gregory Corso, Carolyn Cassady, Johnny Depp, David Amram.. We even catch isolated fragments of Kerouac himself.

Henry’s most recent (2007) movie about the great poet-historian Charles Olson and his home town, the fishing port of Gloucester, Massachusetts, can be viewed, in its
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Henry Ferrini – Kerouac and Olson

Henry Ferrini’s impressionistic evocative Lowell Blues (2000) is a honeyed melancholic visual poem (somewhat imposed upon in this version by Journeyman Pictures intrusive logo!), with home-town boy Jack Kerouac’s words always at the center, featuring Lee Konitz’s mournful alto sax, and distinctive readings of Kerouac’s distinctive prose, by such distinctive voices as (those clearly belonging to) Robert Creeley, Gregory Corso, Carolyn Cassady, Johnny Depp, David Amram.. We even catch isolated fragments of Kerouac himself.

Henry’s most recent (2007) movie about the great poet-historian Charles Olson and his home town, the fishing port of Gloucester, Massachusetts, can be viewed, in its
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Friday’s Weekly Round-Up 23

[Allen Ginsberg, stopped along the road on his trip from Montana, to meet Nanao Sakaki, Chogyam Trungpa, Ram Dass and Bhagavan Das, in New Mexico, early June 1972, a week or so after the story mentioned below. photo likely snapped by Tsultrim Alione, with Allen’s camera]

Kim Seong-Kon, a professor at Seoul National University, bemoans the weakness of his country’s intellectuals, and holds up Allen as a model for independent thought (and action!), in an article for the (English-language) Korea Herald – Where is Korea’s Allen Ginsberg?. “No hope Communism, no hope Capitalism..” – “Thirty years have passed, and
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Friday’s Weekly Round-Up 23

[Allen Ginsberg, stopped along the road on his trip from Montana, to meet Nanao Sakaki, Chogyam Trungpa, Ram Dass and Bhagavan Das, in New Mexico, early June 1972, a week or so after the story mentioned below. photo likely snapped by Tsultrim Alione, with Allen’s camera]

Kim Seong-Kon, a professor at Seoul National University, bemoans the weakness of his country’s intellectuals, and holds up Allen as a model for independent thought (and action!), in an article for the (English-language) Korea Herald – Where is Korea’s Allen Ginsberg?. “No hope Communism, no hope Capitalism..” – “Thirty years have passed, and
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Carolyn Cassady’s Birthday

[Carolyn Cassady]
Carolyn Elizabeth Robinson from Lansing, Michigan, Carolyn Cassady, is 88 years old today. [April 2013, she makes 90]
“The only reason anyone’s interested in me is because I was married to Neal Cassady and the lover of Jack Kerouac”, she declares, forthrightly, at the outset, in the trailer for the new documentary movie Love Always, Caroline, a movie made by two Swedish women, Maria Ramstrom and Malin Korkeasalo, on her blessed and cursed life (a blessed one, mostly!). “This is a film about a woman’s search for personal recognition”, the directors declare, “and the price of
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Carolyn Cassady’s Birthday

[Carolyn Cassady]
Carolyn Elizabeth Robinson from Lansing, Michigan, Carolyn Cassady, is 88 years old today. [April 2013, she makes 90]
“The only reason anyone’s interested in me is because I was married to Neal Cassady and the lover of Jack Kerouac”, she declares, forthrightly, at the outset, in the trailer for the new documentary movie Love Always, Caroline, a movie made by two Swedish women, Maria Ramstrom and Malin Korkeasalo, on her blessed and cursed life (a blessed one, mostly!). “This is a film about a woman’s search for personal recognition”, the directors declare, “and the price of
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Rimbaud via Ashbery

May 16 is the official publication date, but we couldn’t hold off posting a note about this much-anticipated book from Norton – John Ashbery’s translations of Arthur Rimbaud’s Les Illuminations.

Read Fertile Destabilization – On Translating Rimbaud’s Illuminations, Ashbery’s note in the current Poetry magazine, and also The Illuminated Text, his phone-interview with Claude Peck for the on-line Rain Taxi. Check out too the video of him reading (at the New School, a few months back) one of the translations in the book, “Promontory”.
“This is the book that made poetry modern”, writes poet J.D.McClatchy, “and John
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Rimbaud via Ashbery

May 16 is the official publication date, but we couldn’t hold off posting a note about this much-anticipated book from Norton – John Ashbery’s translations of Arthur Rimbaud’s Les Illuminations.

 
Read Fertile Destabilization – On Translating Rimbaud’s Illuminations, Ashbery’s note in the current Poetry magazine, and also The Illuminated Text, his phone-interview with Claude Peck for the on-line Rain Taxi. Check out too the video of him reading (at the New School, a few months back) one of the translations in the book, “Promontory”.
 
“This is the book that made poetry modern”, writes poet J.D.McClatchy, “and John
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Hart Crane’s Jump

                               [Hart Crane (July 21, 1899 – April 27, 1932, photograph by Walker Evans]

Today marks the anniversary of the tragic death of the great American poet, Hart Crane (soon to be portrayed in the movie, The Broken Tower, by “our very own” James Franco!). Poete maudit, legendary suicide (“goodbye everybody!”) – Janet Hamill has most of the basic details.
Here’s William Logan in Poetry magazine, around the time of the publication of the Library of America’s edition of Crane’s Complete Poems, writing in defense
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Hart Crane’s Jump

                               [Hart Crane (July 21, 1899 – April 27, 1932, photograph by Walker Evans]

Today marks the anniversary of the tragic death of the great American poet, Hart Crane (soon to be portrayed in the movie, The Broken Tower, by “our very own” James Franco!). Poete maudit, legendary suicide (“goodbye everybody!”) – Janet Hamill has most of the basic details.
Here’s William Logan in Poetry magazine, around the time of the publication of the Library of America’s edition of Crane’s Complete Poems, writing in defense
Read More