The execution of Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618) on 29 October, 1618, at Old Palace Yard, Westminster, London (Anonymous Eighteenth-Century English engraving)
AG: So, then..
Student: Why was (Walter) Raleigh executed?
AG: I don’t know. Let’s see, He went.. did go to Virginia or something, and… politics..
[Students brief discussion] – (Did he stay?)
AG: No, no he went back to England…” The night before his execution” [“Even Such Is Time”], published in 1628:
Even such is Time, that takes in trust
Our youth, our joys, our all we have,
And pays us but with earth and … Read More
[Allen Ginsberg’s 1980 Naropa “Basic Poetics” class continues. An inscription on the tape notes that the first forty-five minutes of this class are missing (were not recorded) but the class picks up with this fresh tape, recorded February 21, 1980]
AG: Next, (George) Gascoigne, now we’re getting serious – page one-nine-nine – one-nine-nine, oh, I’m sorry, page one-twenty-nine, the “Lullaby” (“The Lullaby of A Lover“) – Is anybody familiar with this poem? Has anybody read it before? Somebody like to read it? Somebody who hasn’t read ever?, just improvise it as you go along … Read More
[At approximately sixty-one minutes in (and concluding at approximately sixty-two-and-three-quarter minutes in) , AG plays a recording of John Dowland’s “Fine Knacks For Ladies” – (“Though all my wares be trash, the heart is true” – “Sing it to Andy Warhol!” – “the orient’st pearl … Read More
The publishers write:
“Edited and published with unprecedented access to the (Jack) Kerouac archives, The Unknown Kerouac presents two lost novels, The Night Is My Woman and Old Bull in the Bowery, which Kerouac wrote in French during the esoecially fruitful years of 1951 and 1952. Discovered among his papers in the mid-nineties, they have been translated into English for the first time by Jean-Christophe Cloutier, who incorporates Kerouac’s own partial
Allen Ginsberg at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, October 1973
A vintage reading today from 1973 (see here) – Allen reads, principally, from poems that will appear in the collection, Mind Breaths
AG: (I’ve been here) pretty regularly about every third semester. So I’ve been here, I think, since the mid ‘Sixties, presenting sequentially, every alternate year, the new poetry that I’ve written in the last seasons. So that’s probably what I’ll do this time again. I was here about a year-and-a-half ago . So I’ll read poems written in the last year-and-a-half., since I was here in … Read More