[Philip Whalen, Sensei, in his peaceful chair, my apartment living room, East 12th Street New York March 1984. he was visiting East coast to give readings N.Y. and Buffalo, calm poet. ‘What are you reading?’ ‘I’m not reading I’m just turning the pages.’ (Ginsberg caption.) photo c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]
[Allen Ginsberg & Philp Whalen, in Allen’s East 12th St apartment, New York City 1984. photo c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]
[Philip Whalen, Dr Weber’s office, Boulder, Colorado, August 1, 1985. Photo c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]
AG: He was reincarnated, so he goes back thousands of years maybe.
Gregory Corso – But I never died. Top that!
AG: Oh, you never died?
Gregory Corso: Right. I’m saying I didn’t come back, I’m here. I really think your reincarnation sucks! (just like with the Egyptians – they wear beetles, you know, scarabs, it means re-incarnation, you gotta die to come back as something else – but I … Read More
[Gregory Corso, NYC, March 1995. Photo c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]
Student: What you were talking about before.. there was something that really unsettled me, in terms of what I feel poetry is, how it functions in getting to a point of.. well, for one, inspiration, light, expressing that which cannot be spoken, and that which, for me, in my life, in my experience, has given me a lot of learning, a lot of insight, a lot of appreciation, so that the poets that were expressing these things, I never got the feeling that they were doing it for an audience, or doing it for ego, … Read More
Student: (I recognize that you are) concentrating on just spontaneous things (right) now, trying to do mostly spontaneous things, do you really.. do you ever revise at all? or are you totally against that?
AG: I fiddle around with it later, a little, but not much, and I try to avoid it as much as possible. The problem is that in doing spontaneous writings sometimes I lapse, my attention lapses. I get self-conscious, and so rhythm lapses and form, content, concreteness, lapses, I get abstract. So you usually have to get rid of that.
On The Road, Walter Salles’ film adaptation, was officially released in the UK this weekend, and reviews, it has to be said, have not been kind. Nigel Andrews in the Financial Times, under the title “A Vehicle Not Roadworthy” – “The trite scripting and direction are accessorised with dismaying invocations of Culture, lest we mistake Sal and Dean … Read More
So there’s a place we occasionally go on this blog under the rubric of “Beat Kitsch” (see here and here and here) and it’s time for that (indulgence) once again. Let’s start with the absolute lowest on the totem pole – Beany and Cecil, literally, cartoon Beatniks! (a cartoon of a cartoon!)
tho’ the Beat poet parody in Roger Corman’s 1959 A Bucket of Blood is hardly much closer as a register of versimilitude!
It is possible, by the way, to view that classic “B” movie in its entirety – here
Meanwhile in China… at the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Museum (sic) in Beijing, the poet Bei Dao has a photography show, 14 singular works, “Nil Mirror”. “Bei Dao himself admits, his mentor for photography is fellow poet…Allen Ginsberg”. “He suggested to … Read More