Creeley on Ginsberg – (“When I Heard The Learn’d Astronomer…”)

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[Robert Creeley (1926-2005)]

Following the couple of recent  posts on the great American poet, Robert Creeley – here and here here’s Creeley’s poem/elegy for Allen – “When I Heard The Learn’d Astronomer…” (from his 2003 volume, If I Were Writing This)

“WHEN I HEARD THE LEARN’D ASTRONOMER…”

A bitter twitter,

flitter,

of birds,

in evening’s

settling,

a reckoning,

beckoning

someone’s getting

some sad news,

the birds gone to nest,

to roost

in the darkness,

asking no improvident questions,

none singing,

no hark,

no lark,

nothing in the quiet dark.

 

Begun with like hypothesis,

arms, head, shoulders.

with … Read More

Neal Cassady’s Birthday

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Neal Cassady‘s birthday today and that means the (8th) annual Neal Cassady Birthday Bash, held at the Mercury Cafe (in the upstairs ballroom)  in Denver.

Performers and readers at the 2017 Bash will include Denver author of Chicano noir fiction, Manuel Ramos, poets Ed Ward and Jennifer Dunbar Dorn, Zack Kopp (author of The Denver Beat Scene), and singer/songwriter Marty Jones,  and Neal’s son Robert Hyatt (who has just published his first book, Beat Bastard),  If you wanna know just how Hyatt discovered Neal was his father,  check out Gregory Daurer’s piece in this week’s … Read More

Robert Creeley – 2

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[Robert Creeley – Photograph by Allen Ginsberg – © Estate of Allen Ginsberg  – caption: “Robert Creeley, one-eyed poet at Naropa Institute poetics commune house, summer session, July 1984, he sat patient with me across supper table before his lecture, old friend”]

AG: Where were we? Oh Creeley? So Creeley.  (Robert) Creeley. Each syllable is a thought. That’s a good way of (describing it), actually. That’s an aphorism for Creeley – “One thought per syllable” (in the sense that each syllable seems to be like a new thought) – opposite from my kind of writing, or, say, somebody else, … Read More

Robert Creeley – 1

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[Allen Ginsberg and Robert Creeley. Photograph by Laure Leber]

continuing with transcription of  Allen Ginsberg’s Basic Poetics class from February 1980 (Feb 27) at the Naropa Institute  

AG: Who’s got the right time?…  So, last time we were.. so..  what you were just doing before was Ted (Berrigan), Ted’s class. How many of you are in Ted’s class? So what happens?, There’s a half an hour wait in between? Is that a heavy shot to go through, two long hour- and-a-half (classes) in the evening. How does that work out? I was wondering. Are we creating.. (putting) too much on, … Read More

William Burroughs Birthday (Booklist)

[William Burroughs (1914-1997) – Photograph by Allen Ginsberg] 

William Burroughs Birthday today

See previous William Burroughs Birthday postings here, here, here, here and here

We’ve been serializing (indeed, are in the midst of serializing) Williams 1980 lectures on “Creative Reading”  (see the last installment – here) ”

“Creative Reading” comes off a book-list that Burroughs’ constructed of “Recommended Books”, “Books off the Beaten Path”. (With thanks to Avil Beckford)  here is his list of 27 fiction titles

Two Serious Ladies –  Jane Bowles Let It Come Down – Paul Bowles The Sheltering Sky, Paul BowlesRead More

William Burroughs – Creative Reading 2 (Conrad and Fitzgerald – 2)

[William Burroughs (1914-1997) – Photograph by Allen Ginsberg]

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William Burroughs on Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Joseph Conrad’s Lord Jim continues from here

WSB: There really is so many parallels here that I’m sure that Fitzgerald must have read Lord Jim and certainly was influenced by it and there’s a great deal of similarity. They’re both these very improbable Romantic heroes. How many of you saw the… either of the films. Were they any good?

Student: Not The Great Gatsby

WSB: The Great Gatsby.. Well, I don’t think that The Great Gatsby is film material. I mean all of … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 301 (il Saggiatore)

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Ginsberg celebrations in Milan this weekend  (in celebration of the recent publication of the Italian translation of Wait Till I’m Dead  (Non finché vivo)

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il Saggiatore, Allen’s publishers, feature Allen in the fifth edition of their Writers series. Today, Friday, “Dal cuore dell’America all’India” (From the heart of America to India), a recital by Giuseppe Cederna

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Tomorrow – Allen and Pasolini by Vittorio Lingiardi (with readings by Luca Formenton) – directed by Vincenzo Zampa, “Allen Ginsberg in una lingua hostile” (Allen Ginsberg in a foreign language) with Leopold Carra and Luca Fontana, and Emanuele Bevilacqua in conversation … Read More

Martin Torgoff’s Bop Apocalypse

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Bop Apocalypse – Jazz, Race, The Beats, & Drugs – putting the word out on Martin Torgoffs new book from Da Capo.

From the author’s web-site:  “Bop Apocalypse is largely the story of the evolution of jazz and its relationship to the Beats: the first time that drug use coalesced with music and literature, becoming a central element in the creation of an avant-garde American voice and underground cultural sensibility.”.

The book, (an  outgrowth of a chapter in an earlier book of Torgoff’s, and very much its compliment, Can’t Find My Way Home), “features vivid portraits of … Read More

The Poet’s Hands

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A singular rare item from The Book Collector’s Library. For $5,750, as the catalog describes it: “A collection of 24 mostly “Beat” poet hands drawn with poetic license by their owners’ other hand….in a 30 page Artist’s 9″ x 12″ unpaginated Sketch Book”.  Here’s Allen’s hand. “in itself worth the price of the admission”:

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and here’s Gregory Corsos hand  (the concluding one of the collection)

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 … Read More