This is the first recording in a proposed series of recordings – The Dave Nolan Poetry Series (in recognition of the late audio engineer/archivist, poetry- (and also serious Grateful Dead-aficionado!), David Nolan.
Thom Donavon, who also worked, alongside Nolan, at the Y, has noted that, of all the remarkable readings that they became familiar with, … Read More
[Jack Kerouac, 1944. Photo c. AllenGinsberg Estate]
[William Carlos Williams, Self Portrait (1914) via ACSU Buffalo]
Student: Allen? Had (Jack) Kerouac written, say, On The Road, by the time (William Carlos) Williams met him?
AG: Oh yes, yes.
Student: And Kerouac admired Williams?
Student: Did Williams read any of Kerouac?
AG: Yeah, Williams read quite a bit of Kerouac, and he read his poetry – and liked it. I mean, not a great deal (by the time they met, Williams had had a stroke and was not active reading a lot – he was active writing. … Read More
AG: So the first poem I’ll read is a combination of (the) mythical and the local Passaic River. He discovered the Passaic River as his river (rather than Lethe or the Thames). He’s talking to, I imagine, the Muse, bringing him to the river…”St James’ Grove“… (page 10 in the Collected Earlier Poems, if you’ve got it). [Allen reads from the first stanza of “St James’ Grove” … Read More
Howard Brookner’s 1985 Burroughs movie is, as we’ve said before, essential viewing (notwithstanding the presence of another equally comprehensive one, Yony Leyser’s William S Burroughs: A Man Within (2010). Ed Koziarski, in 2oo9, in the Chicago Reader, explains the reasons for the second film – “(James) Grauerholz [Burroughs’ friend, confident and literary executor] had been unhappy with (the) previous documentary..in which he’d also played an active role” – Koziarski quotes James – “I was surprised to see how my role in William’s life had been handled in the final editing process..Basically, the BBC editors took a dislike to … Read More
Advance copies of Ellen Pearlman‘s Nothing and Everything have just arrived – her definitive history of “The Influence of Buddhism on the American Avant-Garde 1942-1962”. A revealing sample chapter can be read here. She quotes Allen (“Gelek Rinpoche told me you people, Burroughs, you, Kerouac, will all go to heaven for introducing the dharma to this country.”)
and Gary Snyder (“I think American Buddhism is in great debt to the Beat Generation”).
[Jane Dalrymple-Hollo and Anselm Hollo, Penny Lane Cafe, Boulder, Colorado, July 1991 photograph by Allen Ginsberg (c. Allen Ginsberg Estate)]
Finnish-born US-resident, international treasure, poet and translator, Anselm Hollo turns 78 today. One of Allen’s earliest and most accomplished translators, his rendition of “America” (“Amerikka”) was published in the Finnish journal Parnasso in 1959 (the same journal published, two years later, his pioneering translations of “Howl” (“Huuto”), and “Kuolema Van Gohjin Korvalle!” (“Death To Van Gogh’s Ear!”)).
Censorship concerns were expressed, however, by Allen to his Finnish publishers (Arno Hormia and Pentii Kapari) in this April 1963 letter (from India), … Read More
[William Carlos Williams in Rutherford, New Jersey, 1955 via jacket2]
AG: The reason I was going to begin with (William Carlos) Williams was that Williams was the one person who made the great breakthrough to his own self, his own house, his own kitchen, his own wife, his own ice-box, his own street, his own maple and poplar trees, his neighborhood characters, his own hospital, his own patients, as subjects, as fit subjects, for an American poetics. Fro that point of view. That’s why I would start with Williams as the basic ground, or place, in poetics, and then … Read More