Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 295

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[Two early French editions from 10/18, Editions Christian Bourgois]

 

The European Beat Studies Network’s 2017 Annual Conference, the sixth, (this past year (2016), it was held in Manchester, England), will have a decidedly Francophile bent this coming year – “Paris Interzone – The Transcultural Beat Generation (Collaboration, Edition, Translation)”.

From the announcement by the conference organizers:

“This year’s conference will honor and address the key role that the French capital and Francophone cultures have played in the transculturalism of the Beats, by welcoming submissions in both French and English and holding a plenary session on language barriers and … Read More

“As You Came from the Holy Land ….”

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[Gateway of Walsingham Priory – from Robert Chambers – The Book of Days – A Miscellany of Popular Antiquities… (1832)]

 

As you came from the holy land Of Walsingham, Met you not with my true love By the way as you came?

“How shall I know your true love, That have met many one, I went to the holy land, That have come, that have gone?”

She is neither white, nor brown, But as the heavens fair; There is none hath a form so divine In the earth, or the air.

“Such a one did I meet, good sir, … Read More

William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 55

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[Torso of a fighting giant – Unknown Roman artist (117-138CE), RISD Museum, Providence, Rhode Island]

AG: So the obvious ones that you jump to is  (William) Shakespeare – similar thought – Sonnet number 55 on page 213 – You get a very similar.. Well, we’re now up to the Sonnets of Shakespeare anyway. So it’s a good place to jump into.. Now.. what Sonnet is it now? – 55 – yeah, 213, the bottom of the page  – Everyone knows that one? The great, you know, it’s like (a) symphony orchestra, sonnet, old masterwork(s)..Would somebody like to … Read More

Samuel Daniel & Louis Zukofsky (on Permanence)

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[Samuel Daniel, 1562-1619 ]

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[Louis Zukofsky, 1904-1978]

AG: We started with that (the image of “the burning babe“) in the last class and then we went up in the air (and we got to talk about wind and breath on the basis of a poem, a sonnet by Samuel Daniel, on page 189, Sonnet 46 (“Let others sing of knights and paladins..”)

– Well, he’s talking to his girlfriend and has absolute faith in his girlfriend, such absolute faith in his own love and his girlfriend (on page 189, Sonnet 46 by Samuel Daniel) that he gets … Read More

The Burning Babe of Robert Southwell

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[Robert Southwell (1561-1595)]

continuing from a previous posting

AG: If you go back now to The Burning Babe of Robert Southwell

[Allen reads the entire poem]

As I in hoary winter’s night stood shivering in the snow,

Surpris’d I was with sudden heat which made my heart to glow;

And lifting up a fearful eye to view what fire was near,

A pretty Babe all burning bright did in the air appear;

Who, scorched with excessive heat, such floods of tears did shed

As though his floods should quench his flames which with his tears were fed.

“Alas!” quoth … Read More

Allen Ginsberg Reading in Baltimore -1969

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Allen Ginsberg at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, November 1969

A few weeks back, we featured Allen, in 1973, reading at the Maryland Institute. Here’s another recording, from 1969, four years previously, where he presents a little mantra, a little William Blake and a substantial selection (some still in early draft) of his epic “poem of these states”, later incorporated in  “The Fall of America

The reading begins with a very brief introduction, welcoming Allen back (sic)  ( “It seems to me most appropriate because this reading comes between All Saints Day and … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 294

Jean-Jacques Lebel, co-curator of the ZKM Beat Generation show, giving an inaugural speech, following the ZKM’s Director Peter Weibel, in Karlsruhe on November 25 2016.

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William S Burroughs – from Danger Series‘ – Portrait of William S Burroughs in front of the Théâtre Odeon – Brion Gysin (Naked Lunch series, Paris October, 1959

Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso – video-trailer for the Beat Generation at ZKM, Karlsruhe, November 2016

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Jack Kerouac – still from video on show at Beat Generation at ZKM (Karlsruhe) – see above

Beat Generation at ZKM – Opening last weekend in Karlsruhe, Germany – … Read More

December 1st – William Blake’s Mental Traveller

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Manuscript of William Blake – The Mental Traveller

THE  MENTAL TRAVELLER

I travell’d thro’ a land of men, A land of men and women too; And heard and saw such dreadful things As cold earth-wanderers never knew.

For there the Babe is born in joy That was begotten in dire woe; Just as we reap in joy the fruit Which we in bitter tears did sow.

And if the Babe is born a boy He’s given to a Woman Old, Who nails him down upon a rock, Catches his shrieks in cups of gold.

She binds iron thorns around his … Read More