[Mark Ewert – Photograph by Allen Ginsberg c. The Estate of Allen Ginsberg]
Mark Ewert’s colorful sexual revelations – “He lost his virginity to Allen Ginsberg and maintained an eight-year relationship with William Burroughs” – hit the internets this weekend with a vengeance – courtesy this article, invocative, but further flamed and considerably amplified by this provocative header – “Allen Ginsberg Teaches You How To Give A Blowjob” – on that gossip-site par excellence, Gawker. The paragraph excerpted, and the justification for that lead, a direct quote from Ewert, runs as follows:
[Edward Carpenter (1844-1929) – Photograph by Fred Holland Day]AG: The other poem of (Edward) Carpenter‘s we might as well do, while we’re on Carpenter, is “The Secret of Time and Satan”. The reason I brought him up is he’s one of the children of (Walt) Whitman and one of the people who applied Whitman’s method of realistic all-inclusiveness, notation in present time, empathy in space, empathy and sympathy going out in space to make notions in present time. (It’s) a more philosophical poem based on theosophical ideas. It has Whitman’s basic impetus and openness. It … Read More
[Lawrence Ferlinghetti – Photograph by Barry J Holmes]An article in The (London) Observer last month on San Francisco and the alarming effects of the dot.com boom, “Is San Francisco losing its soul?” paid the obligatory visit to Lawrence Ferlinghetti – “He complains of a soulless group of people, a “new breed” of men and women too busy with iPhones to “be here” in the moment, and shiny new Mercedes Benzs on his street…”It’s totally shocking to see Silicon Valley take over the city.” says Ferlinghetti who still rents in North Beach. “San Francisco is rapidly changing and … Read More
A Night With Allen Ginsberg – Allen Ginsberg’s reading at Loyola University, New Orleans, 1990. An eye-witness recalls: “The overflow crowd filled up the aisles and the outside lobby, so he (Allen) invited audience members to sit on the stage with him. (we see them on the stage there)/ He also (that same visit) did a meditation workshop, and his Collected Poems had just appeared so he spent a whole afternoon signing copies and illustrating each with a drawing”.
AG: So, I’ll begin with music in honor of the President and the great phony war on dope. This is a … Read More
March 21, in case you didn’t know it, has been officially declared by the UN (by UNESCO) “World Poetry Day”Fanny Wallendorf‘s wonderful translations into the French of Neal Cassady‘s Letters (“Un truc tres beau qui contient tout”) (“It’s a beautiful thing, with everything in it”) – (the title, taken from Neal’s 1948 letter to his pal, Bill Tomson) have just been (just this past month) published. See here and here. ( note – texte en francais)We should point out that the book only covers the years 1944-1950 (a second, concluding, volume is due sometime in the future). … Read More