[Allen asleep in Vancouver 1963 (from the Bobbie-Louise Hawkins home-movies]
We’ve spoken of the Allen and Robert Creeley relationship before (and will again). Meantime, glimpse the two of them together (and a whole roster of other “famous names” – “company”, in Bob’s memorable term – Charles Olson, Robert Duncan, John Wieners, Denise Levertov, Gary Snyder, Michael McClure, Tuli Kupferberg, Ed Sanders, Ed Dorn, Alex Trocchi.. The list goes on. Charles Bernstein has generously put up Bobbie Louise Hawkins‘ old home-movies (from 1962 to 1965) up on PennSound (and on Jacket 2).
Meanwhile, glimpses of a later Creeley – Penelope Creeley has written a delightful memoir of magical years with her husband, in so far as it relates to books and reading. That piece is published in conjunction with a symposium that will take place, next week, at the Rare Books and Special Collections Library at the University of Notre Dame, repository for his collection. The symposium also honors the recent publication of The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley and will be live webcast.
Speaking of University archives. As we previously announced, the University of Toronto is now the enviable custodian of the largest collection of Allen Ginsberg photographs in the world. Here‘s the Toronto Star‘s announcement of the coup. In the Fall in Toronto, there will be a special exhibition.
Tomorrow, the annual Allen Ginsberg Poetry Reading and Awards Ceremony takes place at the Passaic County Community College in New Jersey.
Check our Peter Schjeldahl’s profile of him in the current New Yorker (and a podcast where Peter discusses the article – here)
Ron Silliman weighs in on Beats and the movies (drawing together “On The Road”, “Kill Your Darlings“, and “The Line Has Shattered” (the recent documentary on the landmark 1963 Vancouver Poetry Conference – there’s footage from that conference in the Creeley footage mentioned earlier) – here
Rapacious real-estate is at it again. Allen’s old 170 East 2nd Street place in Manhattan’s East Village, where he lived from August 1958 to March 1961, is about to be given some “renovations”. For a glimpse of a classic turn-of-the-century tenement (via the ever-attentive E.V.Grieve) that won’t be around (at least in this “unimproved” state) much longer, see here
Philip Glass’s birthday today – Happy 77th Birthday Philip!