[Allen Ginsberg and Naomi Ginsberg, both at the age of 30 – drawings by R.B.Kitaj, included in Kaddish, White Shroud, and Black Shroud by Allen Ginsberg, with an Introduction by Helen Vendler, and lithograph portraits of the poet and his mother by R.B.Kitaj, Arion Press, San Francisco, 1992]
All the attention on Beat Memories (Allen’s photo-show, concluding recently in New York City but about to open, May 23, in San Francisco) but, as Susan Anderson of the Special Collections at UCLA library has observed, there’s a “third, lesser-known hub” of Beat culture” – Los Angeles (two shows, well worth catching, are currently running concurrently – “Beat 101”, in the Powell Library, and “I’m A Stranger Here Myself – Poets in Post World-War II L.A.”, in the Charles E Young Research Library). Center-piece of the UCLA presentation is an early mimeo (sic) edition of “Howl” and one of the rare 1992 Arion Press editions of “Kaddish” (with “White Shroud” and “Black Shroud”), illustrated by R.B.Kitaj.
Here, while we’re on the subject of Kitaj is his wonderful drawing of Robert Duncan
[The Poet Writing (Robert Duncan) – R.B.Kitaj, c. The Estate of R.B.Kitaj, courtesy Marlborough Gallery New York]
and – one more – the dual portrait of Robert Duncan and Robert Creeley
[A Visit To London (Robert Creeley and Robert Duncan) – R.B.Kitaj c. The Estate of R.B.Kitaj, courtesy Marlborough Gallery, New York]
Tonight – in San Francisco – (for those of you in the Bay Area) – “an all-star line-up of poets” – Gary Snyder, Joanne Kyger, Michael McClure, Malcolm Margolin and Gary Lawless (with guest MC Patricia Wakida) will read in celebration of the publication of Nanao Sakaki’s Collected Poems. More details are available here