Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 116

William S. Burroughs zu Besuch bei Brion Gysin, Paris, Oktober 1979. Bildreproduktion, Foto: Udo Breger, VG-Bildkunst

There’s going to be a big new William Burroughs show opening next week in Hamburg, at the Deichtorhallen (from March 15 – August 18), curated by Udo Breger and Axel Heil – “The exhibition’s goal is to make tangible, in review, and for the first time within Europe on such a scale, the visionary volatility of William S. Burroughs‘ literary output, while at the same time showing the impact of his ideas and philosophy on a wider network of authors, musicians, composers, painters, photographers, video artists and film-makers. The curators (and the Director of the Deichtorhallen, Dirk Luckow) will … Read More

Allen Ginsberg-Brian Shields 1987 Dallas Radio Interview

BS: Welcome to People – Brian Shields – KRLD News. This week on People, we’re talking with Allen Ginsberg. Now if you haven’t heard of Allen Ginsberg, one wonders where you’ve been for the past 20-25 years. Allen Ginsbeg is, of course, a poet, one of the best-known poets, really, of this part of the 20th Century. He has written extensively and has been involved in politics and political movenents as well, and we’d like to..
AG: And artistic movements
BS: And artistic movements. In fact, one of the great leaders of artistic movements in this century. Thank you very … Read More

Spontaneous Poetics – 47 (Shelley and Hart Crane 1)

[Joseph Severn (1793- 1879) Posthumous Portrait of Shelley Writing Prometheus UnBound (1845), oil on canvas, Keats-Shelley Memorial House, Rome, Italy]

AG: We were onto the subject of time and breath and (now) I want to skip a couple of centuries and shift to (Percy Bysshe) Shelley, to hear another kind of breath. (Also, I should say, as far as I know, I will be staying here until the end of the session. I won’t be here in the second session, (or I certainly won’t be teaching in the second session, because I’ll be called home. My father isn’t … Read More

Spontaneous Poetics – 46 (Carew and Waller)


[Thomas Carew (1595-1640)]

AG: The reason I’ve been going through all this poetry is that I’ve been proposing, in a sense, to teach modern poetics, or improvised or spontaneous poetics, but what I’m pointing out is that into my own verse, and in my own ear, and in my own body, there are certain rhythms from classic English poetry, from the anthology of songs, which makes my verse subtle, so I’m trying to introduce those same rhythms into your ear, for texts for you to go back to, to get these rhythms in your nervous system so that your

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Spontaneous Poetics – 45 (James Shirley)

[James Shirley (1596-1666)]
AG: My own favorite poem of this genre [song] is one by James Shirley, dated 1659, which I used in travelling with (Bob) Dylan as a key lyric, to set aside his own lyrics, and everybody else’s lyrics, like Joan Baezand Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, or the more amateur musicians who were flying around on the Rolling Thunder Revue (in 1975). I published this in our phantom newsletter, (which was like a mimeographed newsletter, sent out to everybody, (but) for Dylan’s eyes), comparing this to his lyrics to see who beats who. James Shirley is the author. … Read More

Allen & Prabhupada (Krishna Weekend 2)

Here’s a surprisingly rare document. Allen’s introduction to the 1968 Collier-MacMillan edition of  A.C.. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada‘s Bhagavad Gita – Bhagavad Gita As It Is – Swami Bhaktivedanta Chanting God’s Song in America (thanks to Steve Silberman for the scan). 

Kali Yuga we really are in it, heavy metal Age, where Spiritual common sense seems like magic because we’re ensnared in brain-wash network – the mechanical conditioning of our unconditioned consciousness.I grow old and see that renunciation is what happens. The “action” leads there – calm realization of sense-desire illusoriness in youth, or on deathbed at worst.Even Tantric path … Read More

Allen & Prabhupada (Krishna Weekend 1)

Krishna Weekend

Our previous posting on Allen and Krishna Consciousness can be found here

This weekend we focus on his visit to (and meeting with) A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in Columbus, Ohio, in May of 1969, both his public address and his private recorded conversations.

Prior to that, however, there’s this – an earlier encounter (from 1967) – “Poet Ginsberg said he was not yet ready to become a devotee, but that he chants the Maha Mantra every day, and will do so until he leaves this Earth”

The legendary Columbus conversations have been published and can be read in … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 115

[Lucien Carr & friends, with one of his sons, either Caleb or Simon, East 9th St & 3rd Ave , NYC 1959 . Still from “Untitled Kerouac Ginsberg Carr and Friends film“]

Lucien Carr‘s birthday today. Poor Lucien. Dear Lucien. Destined to be carrying an awful lot of karmic weight in the coming months (courtesy the unsolicited spotlight of Kill Your Darlings)

See our 2011 posting about Lucien – Holy March 1st (Lucien) – here Douglas Messerli on the Pip (Project For Innovative Poetry) blog reprints his 1977 Washington Post Book World review of Allen’s Journals Read More