[Anselm Hollo in 2009 and in 2012 – photos by Tom Raworth]
(Anselm Hollo 1934-2013)
Sad news – our dear dear friend and brother, Anselm Hollo died this morning, following a protracted fight against a persistent meningioma and resultant complications. He was 78. More appreciations (many more appreciations) to follow.
Our birthday celebration of some of his remarkable achievements can be found here.
Allen’s 1976 Spontaneous Poetics Summer lectures continue with this, his fifth lecture, dated June 18, 1976. He continues from his earlier classes on the ballad form, but in this class begins by sketching out a brief bibliography, offering suggestions for reading. He consistently refers students to the then-growing Naropa Institute library. Ed Dorn, Christopher Smart, Basil Bunting and John Wieners are the first of a number of figures that he mentions. AG (begins, distributing a leaflet with various writers names) : There’s something by everybody, here in the library. So it’s a reading-list, or it’s a list of poets … Read More
Two of our more popular postings – on the great Japanese poet, Nanao Sakaki – and on Allen’s poem, “Birdbrain” – coalesce here with this lively recording of the two of them reading it (that poem) together, (Allen, the English, Nanao, the Japanese), tweaking it with contemporaneous Japanese references. The occasion is, October 30, 1988, a major anti-nuclear protest march on Kansai Electric‘s head office in Osaka. Allen was visiting Japan.The reading took place at Nakanoshima Koen, behind Osaka City Hall, and was filmed, edited, and (we thank him for it!) uploaded by Ken Rodgers. How To Live On … Read More
[Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586) via the National Portrait Gallery, London]AG: So, anyway, the reason I got off into quantity was.. [back to Sir Walter Ralegh’s “The Lie” – Allen sings, to harmonium accompaniment, the first two stanzas of the poem – “Go Soul, the body’s guest,/ Upon a thankless errand/ Fear not to touch the best;/ The truth shall be thy warrant..”] – I guess you could do it that way, easy enough.It was something relevant to another conversation several days ago (about a poet) of this era, Sir Philip Sidney. Some students were asking if “first thought” … Read More
[Louis Zukofsky (1904-1978)]Student: Allen, what about (Louis) Zukofsky‘s metrics? In A? What was that? Was that quantative measure?AG: Well, he was aware of that, sure. I (frankly) don’t know enough about him to reach him well (but) I’ll bring some in and we can sound some aloud..Student: Allen?AG: ..later on.Student: I’ve been studying that book and working with that music, if that’s any … Read More
[Walter Ralegh (1554-1618) aged 34 – portrait via National Portrait Gallery] Allen’s Spontaneous Poetry (Ballads) lectures, given at the Naropa Institute, Boulder, Colorado, in July and August of 1976, continue. This particular section continues the June 16 class.AG: “The Lie” by Sir Walter Ralegh – Moving now from ballad to song, staying around the same time. We’re still before and after Shakespeare. There are a number of classical pieces of rhythm and imagery that those of you who are interested in poetry just as beaming mind-eye movies should know. And those of you who are writing songs (and there … Read More
The first reviews of John Krokidas’ “Kill Your Darlings” (“Harry Potter” plays Allen Ginsberg) are in (and they’re pleasingly enthusiastic). Here’s David Rooney in The Hollywood Reporter – “This invigoratingly textured jazz riff – spliced with hallucinogenic interludes, introspective detours and moments of romantic reverie explores a formative period in Ginsberg’s life. He’s not quite the center of this story, but Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) provides its overriding point of view.” He goes on – “Krokidas and co-screenwriter Austin Bunn are less interested in the output than in the birth of the poet, at least where his first experience … Read More