[Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovksy and fellow meditators, blocking the supply rail for Rocky Flats nuclear weapons
production facility, Jefferson County, Colorado, June 1978. photo c. Joe Daniel]
One year on from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster (of March 11). Here’s one of numerous news reports (this one from Aljazeera). Here’s Aileen Mioko Smith, executive-director of the Kyoto-based Green Action, speaking on Democracy Now! – Here’s our old friend (much-missed) Nanao Sakaki (in 1999, wise and prophetic – “Stone Age Japanese never knew Atomic Energy./ Now nuclear power plants are/ Poisoning modern Japan to a slow death”). Here (ever-timely) Allen’s magisterial Plutonian Ode (“What new element before us unborn in Nature..?” – and don’t miss Allen’s spirited reading of it and footage of the Rocky Flats anti-nuclear protest in Costanzo Allione’s” Fried Shoes and Cooked Diamonds“). The Poets For Renewable Energy and Peace (PREP) group-reading of this poem (that took place last October, in conjunction with the New York City East Village “Howl” Festival) has just recently been put on-line and can be accessed here.
Among the company on that occasion, Eliot Katz
, Bob Rosenthal
, Anne Waldman
and.. David Henderson
. David Henderson’s definitive-we-would say 1991 Bob Kaufman
radio-documentary recently got another airing, via the singular energies of the irrepressible (and indeed likewise legendary), John Sinclair
– on free radio, Radio Free Amsterdam – in two parts. It may be (at least for the present moment) listened to here
. (Cedar Sigo’s recent appreciation of Kaufman
for the City Lights blog
, Abandon All Despair Ye Who Enter Here, is, incidentally, while we’re on the subject, also well worth perusing).
And Jack (and Allen) are not the only ones to be having films made about them. News reaches us of another exciting “Beat” adaptation – “coming soon” – Steve Buscemi
‘s eagerly-anticipated William Burroughs