John Wieners Birthday

[John Wieners & Allen Ginsberg, Allen’s East 12th St apt, October 3, 1985. Photo snapped by Raymond Foye. c Allen Ginsberg Estate]

The late great poet, John Wieners would have been 79 years old today. Happy Birthday, dear John, in Eternity, in Heaven! We’ll point you, first of all, to our 2011 birthday posting and to these remarkable Wieners recordings and to this, his contemporaneous (1959) observations on Allen. Lost and Found also recently published selected letters between John Wieners and Charles Olson (and John Latta‘s intelligent thoughts coming off those volumes may be read here and hereRead More

Allen on Dylan – A Loveable Genius

Always a good thing to have an excuse to publicize the extraordinary San Francisco State (SFSU) Poetry Archives (this one actually from the San Francisco Bay Area Television Archives, but no matter!). Here’s a little snippet recently posted of Allen and Bob Dylan (vintage footage from 1965) – Allen on Dylan –  “He’s a very great poet, he’s a loveable genius and I hope he lives to be a hundred!” – This perhaps will satisfy those who carped at (one of our most successful posts!) here – “Allen Ginsberg Criticizes Bob Dylan” (a post that should be read in … Read More

Friday Weekly Round-Up – 107

[Marsden Hartley (1878-1943) – Finnish-Yankee Sauna, (1938-9), Collection of the Frederick R Weisman Museum, Minneapolis]

Marsden Hartley‘s birthday today. Hartley was a figure Allen admired, not only as a painter, but (perhaps even more) as a strangely neglected poet. For more on Hartley the poet see here and here. For more (audio – Allen at Naropa on Hartley) – see here and here).  

Beat Memories – the definitive exhibition of Allen’s photographs (that debuted at the National Gallery in Washington DC in 2010 (see here, here and here) makes its way to New York … Read More

New Year 2013

[Allen Ginsberg & Neal Cassady, in front Charles Plymell’s 1403 Gough Street Apartment,  leaning on Neal’s Plymouth, San Francisco, Summer 1963.  photo c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]


HAPPY NEW YEAR  (2013) GREETINGS  from The Allen Ginsberg Project

Almost 30 years ago today (well, 29, might as well be exact!), Allen saw the New Year in with Nam June Paik – the fabled 1984 – “Good Morning, Mr Orwell” – Allen and Peter and Steven Taylor and Arthur Russell.. and a whole bunch more – propagandizing meditation! –  Here‘s a link to the whole ground-breaking show. … Read More