Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 249

 [Allen Ginsberg – Photograph by Cynthia Macadams]

Lawrence Ferlinghetti on Reddit – on what is his favorite Allen Ginsberg poem – ““Aunt Rose” because it’s a very touching, deep and profound expression of love and empathy of his old Aunt Rose. It’s even more powerful than his long poem [“Kaddish‘] about his mother.”

Harry Smith, Second Avenue and Twelfth Street (NYC), 1987 – Photograph by Brian Graham]
[John Wieners  (1934-2002) – Photograph by … Read More

Eliot Katz – The Poetry and Politics of Allen Ginsberg

Eliot Katz‘s new book, The Poetry and Politics of Allen Ginsberg is now out from David Wills’ Beatdom books.  For more details, see here  Read his earlier response – (an unpublished letter to the New York Times)  “Ginsberg Apolitical?  I don’t think so” hereMore of Eliot-on-Allen here and hereKurt Hemmer writes:

The Poetry and Politics of Allen Ginsberg is the most engaging and rigorous analysis of Ginsberg’s political poetry yet attempted. We find in these psges the astuteness of a literary critic, the contextualization of a social historian, the knowledge of a veteran political activist, … Read More

Piers Plowman – 3

[“Thou mightest best measure the mist on Malvern hills.Than get a mum of their mouth till money be shown” –    “Early morning mist at the foot of the Malvern hills in Worcestershire, UK” – Photo © Andrew Fox]  

Allen Ginsberg on “Piers Plowman” continues AG: So, now, what can you do with that? [Piers Plowman – in the original] – So someone did something with that . Lots of people did something with it. It’s been done for centuries but..there is an English translation (not bad). Here’s another version of it, done in nineteen… into English.. in … Read More

Anne Waldman – Napalm Health Spa’s Celebration

                                                                               [Anne Waldman]

Jim Cohn‘s remarkable Napalm Health Spa we’ve featured on The Allen Ginsberg Project  before (see, for example, here and here). Time to feature it once again, as the current issue has just appeared – a stunning, comprehensive (70th birthday) tribute to Anne WaldmanAnne’s birthday was this past April (April 2nd) – See The Allen Ginsberg Project’s … Read More

Piers Plowman – 2

Allen Ginsberg on Piers Plowman continues

AG: “In the summer season..”  (first, the wandering out, getting clothed like a shepherd , on a May morning on Malvern Hill, the marvel befell him)
“In a somer seson, whan soft was the sonne,/I shope me into shrouded, as I a shepe were;/In habite as an heremite unholy of works/Went wide in this world, wondres to here./Ae on a May morninge on Malverne hulles/Mi bifel a ferry, of fairy me thoughte;/I was wery forwandred and went me to rest/Under a … Read More

Piers Plowman – 1

AG: We’ll start with a little fragment (from “Piers Plowman”) of the original“In a somer seson, whan soft was the sonne,/I shope me into shrouded, as I a shepe were;/In habite as an heremite unholy of works/Went wide in this world, wondres to here./Ae on a May morninge on Malverne hulles/Mi bifel a ferry, of fairy me thoughte;/I was wery forwandred and went me to rest/Under a brode banke by a bornes side,/And as I lay and lend and loked on the wateres,/I slombred in a sleeping, it sweyed … Read More

Intro to Piers Plowman

                                              [“Scholar and Fabulist”, J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973)] 

(Allen continues his remarks on early English poetry, continuing from here)  AG: However,  that’s the older English and I don’t know how to pronunce proper Old English…… I hear it’s very guttural …– Has anybody here studied Old English? – Yeah? – a little bit? . You know, sort of… Do you know how to read (it)?..  I’m told there’s a recording by (J.R.R.) Tolkien of “Piers Plowman”, actually –  [Editorial … Read More

Gary Snyder 1983 Naropa Reading – 2

 [Gary Snyder and Allen Ginsberg – Photograph by Christopher Felver]

[Gary Snyder in the Sierras, 1994 – Photograph by Christopher Felver]

Gary Snyder reading at Naropa, 1983 – continues from yesterday 

GS: We live at the three-thousand-foot elevation on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada in the Yuba River Watershed, which is north of Sacramento and eastward into the mountains. It’s all Mediterranean climate, which is to say, summer-dry, five-month to six-month drought, and very hot (although, you know, not as hot as here [Colorado] –  I’m surprised, I expected coming over here that we would … Read More

Gary Snyder 1983 Naropa Reading – 1

Gary Snyder‘s reading at the Naropa Institute, on the occasion of the 1983 publication of his collection Axe Handles is this weekend’s feature. 
The transcription of the reading will appear in two sections. 
The reading begins with an introduction by Allen Ginsberg  
AG: (This will be) the first reading by Gary Snyder in Boulder since 1972, when there was a reading up at the University with the Japanese poet, Nanao Sakaki, myself, Robert Bly, Chogyam Trungpa and Gary. And this month [August 1983] there’s been a great series of poetry readings in the town, with Anne Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 248

     [Allen Ginsberg, June 1959 – Photograph by Joe Rosenthal]

Peter Hartlaub‘s engaging article for the San Francisco Chronicle‘s sesquicentennial history project, (on the Beat Generation), is well worth reading, (as are the photographs (like the one above) worth perusing) – Allen reading Doctor Sax. Here‘s a posting from earlier in the year on the Ginsberg Project (Robert Creeley’s 1982 remarks on that book)Open Culture features the Jack Kerouac recordings

                                            … Read More