Expansive Poetics 41 – Edward Carpenter 3 (From Turin to Paris)

[Allen Ginsberg, aged 24, c.1950 – Walt Whitman, aged 35, c.1854]

[An early draft of Song of Myself]

AG: Actually, I have a poem called “Sather Gate Illumination” and it’s simply an imitation of this method of notation [Carpenter’s, in “From Turin to Paris”], if any of you know of that poem. I don’t know if I had read this [“From Turin to Paris”] by then. In fact, I don’t think I had. I had read  (Walt) Whitman, I think, just before writing “Sather Gate Illumination”, and was turned on by Whitman’s static descriptions – that is, descriptions … Read More

Expansive Poetics 40 – (Edward Carpenter – 2)

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AG: So..however..he (Edward Carpenter) went to visit (Walt) Whitman in, I guess, Camden (New Jersey), and Whitman told him to go to India, and so he did go to India, and I believe Carpenter met a number of swamis and yogis and actually did study some meditation, and I think he may have contacted Ramakrishna. So that’s another interesting piece of..late-nineteenth-century gossip about the international mucous membrane network (that’s a phrase you’ll find in this book (Expansive Poetics Anthology) in a poem called “Foam”  (“Schaum”) by Hans Magnus Enzensberger, 1926 – born in

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Expansive Poetics 39 – The Gay Succession

AG:  Born in 1844, (Edward) Carpenter.  He was a theosophist. Gavin Arthur knew him. Gavin Arthur was a theosophist (too) and an astrologer, in San Francisco in the (19)60’s, an eminent personage who was one of the elders of the San Francisco, or Bay Area, spiritual network. Frederick Spiegelberg, a Tibetan expert, Gavin Arthur and Alan  Watts,and a few older people, formed a sort of group that supervised the various shelves and drawers of spiritual life that were being opened and filled up in the Bay Area during … Read More

Surkov on Allen & Tupac (& Jackson Pollock)

                                              [Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)]

It’s not every day you get such a glorious global name-check!                                                       (new Cold War name-dropping/ name-calling?)

Vladislav Surkov, the Russian power-broker, eminence grise (and, now, under-the-sanctions-of-the-US  Russian power-broker)

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whose rendition of Allen’s “Sunflower Sutra” we featured here last year.                            
 (Here it is again in case you missed it  (it begins approximately two-minutes in)) 
So, his statement, made to the Russian newspaper, Moskovsky Komsomolets:
“…The only things that interest me in the U.S. are Tupac Shakur, Allen Ginsberg, and Jackson Pollock. I don’t
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Expansive Poetics 38 – (Edward Carpenter – 1)

AG: And Whitman had a few rare students who actually made it as poets, using his style and using his amplitude of vision or inclusion – his amplitude of ambition, let us say – to include everything. There’s one really remarkable writer, Edward Carpenter. We have some of his work in the precursors (section), actually, (of the Expansive Poetics anthology). [ see also Allen’s earlier discussion of Carpenter here, here and here]This here [Allen displays book] is a copy of Edward Carpenter’s book of poems in four volumes, called Towards Democracy, an odd edition that was … Read More

Kill Your Darlings Outtakes

[2015 update – The “out-takes” featured in this posting are no longer available on You Tube. As noted in the text here, they are available on the DVD]

Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan, of course, but..

Allen (Ginsberg) visiting Lucien (Carr) in prison. ( “What’s it like out there?”), one of several deleted scenes now available on the upcoming DVD/Blu-ray release of John Krokidas‘  Kill Your Darlings.(For previous Ginsberg Project postings on Kill Your Darlings, see here, here, here and here (not forgetting, here).Here’s another clip –  homophobia, sexism and racism in Columbia in the (19)50’s (“slicing up … Read More

Burroughs Sings! – (Falling In Love Again)

Another Burroughs weekend. We’re doing a lot of William Burroughs posts here on the Ginsberg blog – unapologetic – it being the Burroughs Centennial. Today, Wiliam Burroughs Sings! (We’ve already posted a Jack Kerouac Sings! – Allen Ginsberg Singing is, of course, pretty ubiquitous!)

As he explains at the outset of another musical encounter…“just something I picked up, a knack of going along with somebody’s song, putting myself into it..”..”Marlene Dietrich, not one of my favorite people, but..” – William Burroughs’ spirited rendition of Dietrich’s classic torch-song, “Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuss Auf Liebe eingestellt” (literally, “I’m … Read More

Friday Weekly Round-Up – 168

[Allen Ginsberg in drag – from Pickup’s Tricks,  Gregory Pickup’s 1973 documentary about the legendary exploits of the San Francisco drag-performance group, The Cockettes (this footage is also included in Bill Weber & David Weismann’s 2002 feature-length movie)]

March madness. Ginsberg silliness. It’s not April Fools Day yet, but will be soon. First off, Exploitation Corner – more bizarre, inappropriate items, starting with.. Allen Ginzburg's typewriter Small Luggage TagSurely what the world needs! –  “Allen Ginzburg’s typewriter Luggage Tag” !(we’ll stop right after that (what should be a red-light) shameful mis-spelling).The same company offers an “I heart howls [sic] Reusable Shopping Bag” … Read More

Expansive Poetics – 37 (Lawrence and Whitman)


Allen’s “Expansive Poetics” lectures continue..AG: These specimens in American poetry of open-form verse are not that easy to find. Even after (Ezra) Pound and (William Carlos) Williams – 1905 or so – most American poets continued writing in the more archaic, nineteenth-century, iambic patterns. And when I first discovered free verse, working with William Carlos Williams, it was an adventure going out and trying to find poets in America or England who had written in an open form and had done it well (not just sloppy free verse, but poets who had some kind of electricity in the line).… Read More

Wednesday March 12 – Jack Kerouac’s birthday

KerouacMap[Jack Kerouac’s Hand-Drawn Map of the Hitchhiking Trip Narrated in On The Road]from a “Journal during first stages of “On The Road“ (by John Kerouac [sic], 1948-49)Monday November 29 – That’s 32,500 words since I started on Nov 9, or better than 1500 words per day…per sitting, very high. Although this is only the first draft, and I still have no idea where I’m heading with it, I delight in the figures, as always, because they are concrete evidence of a greater freedom of writing than I had in Town and the City. However, who knows about the … Read More