W.H.Auden (1907-1973)

[W.H.Auden (1907-1973) photo c. David Kirby]


W.H. Auden died on this day.
MA: What about Ginsberg’s parody (of you)? I only mention it because you wrote that to parody successfully you have to like the style you are parodying.
WA: I didn’t know he had written one. Where is it?
MA: In (his) Indian Journals
WA: Oh you should have brought it. I would have liked to see it.
MA: Have you met Ginsberg?
WA: Yes, I like him. I don’t care for his poetry.
Allen – from the essay, “Remembering Auden” … Read More

History of Poetry 6 (Thomas Campion)

[Anonymous – Portrait of A Lutenist, oil on canvas, French, c. late 17th century]
Campion 1567-1620. (Thomas) Campion, also, at this point, writing music, got interested in quantitative verse – vowel-length verse – as the measure for his poetry, and he is one of the great ears in English poetry. Most of these, or some of these, are songs. I’ll read the famous one(s) that you know mostly – “Rose-cheekt Laura, come/ Sing thou smoothly with thy beaweies/ Silent musick, either other/ Sweetely gracing/ Lovely formes do flowe/ From concent devinely framed;/ Heaven is musick, and thy beawties/ … Read More

Household Affairs (ASV #15)

Quotidian domesticity – Life on East 12th Street in the ’80’s – Steven Taylor and Allen’s Household Affairs remains one of our most cherished documents, not the least for the starring role played by the ever-canny Julius Orlovsky, on furlough from the mental hospital and staying temporarily in the apartment (the sparring between him and Allen (and him and his brother, Peter, for that matter) is one of the key features in the film). In 1987 Sony Corp had the innovative notion of giving away a bunch of High 8 camcorders to selected artists and writers with the caveat/request … Read More

Kevin Courrier ’80’s Interview

An interview from the ’70’s, an interview from the 90’s, here’s an interview from the ’80’s, Allen Ginsberg speaking with Kevin Courrier, in 1982, on the radio in Toronto, on “the legacy of the 60’s”, “with cultural change in mind” (altho’ Allen keeps it firmly in the right-now).
“When I met him in 1982”, Courier informs us, “he (Allen) was in Toronto to give a reading and perform some songs he wrote with the local punk band, The Diodes. He was also promoting a book that addressed the demise of the underground press, once again speaking … Read More

Duncan Campbell Radio Interview part one

[Buddha – Shakyamuni, The Enlightened One, from the Rubin Museum of Art, New York]
Following Spiritual Poetics, which we’ve been serializing these past two weeks, here’s another unpublished transcript from those times, Duncan Campbell’s 1974 radio interview with Allen. Allen discusses the history of Buddhism and the Beats (pre Naropa), and much else. The interview has been broken down into two parts. The second part will run tomorrow.
Duncan Campbell: Welcome to “Open Secret”. This is a series of discussions that is being recorded in Boulder, Colorado, at Naropa Institute, and I’ve just been talking with Allen Ginsberg … Read More

Duncan Campbell Radio Interview part two

[Allen Ginsberg at Ed Sanders’ Peace Eye Bookstore, East 10th Street between Avenue B and Avenue C, New York City, June 1966 ]
DC: What kind of transformations took place in the (19)60’s? It seems that, for a variety of reasons, some of them political, like sharing that experience of a “social lie”, through the disappointment of radical movements and drug experiences and so on, that maybe a wide variety of people began to turn on to that same kind of rhythm of insight that you took in the (19)50’s.
AG: Yeah, well, I think one reason people shared it
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Allen and Bob in Renaldo and Clara (ASV # 13)

[Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg, 1976, on the Rolling Thunder tour]

[2012 update – Renaldo and Clara, Bob Dylan’s “classic subterranean film”, despite these notes, remains strictly under copyright, unreleased, and (the many “bootlegs” circulating, notwithstanding), strictly unavailable. The video-clip that first appeared on this post was from an unauthorized source and has been taken down. Likewise, our somewhat forward presentation (via the Dangerous Minds blog) of the whole movie (in this post of February 2012). A brief clip (Allen and Dylan famously at Jack Kerouac’s grave in Lowell) can be glimpsed here (it’s one of the “extras” on Jerry … Read More

Allen in Australia 1972 – Juene Pritchard Interview (ASV 12)

This little gem from Australian tv –
[2012 update, regrettably, this instructive little tv interview-clip has been pulled from You Tube, presumably for copyright reasons. We can only hope that ABC will see fit to re-instate it. In the meantime, at least we have the transcription]
Allen in Adelaide in 1972 for the Arts Festival, interviewed for ABC (the Australian Broadcasting Company) by an earnest and sympathetic Juene Pritchard. He speaks of Aboriginal tribal poetry, and of “the body of rhythms and chant patterns that are the foundations of his work”.
Here is the transcript:
JP: Allen, you were saying, … Read More

Doesn’t Everybody Want To Save The World?

One “streaming video” that curiously escaped our notice (buried, as it was, in the depths of the Internet Archive, is this one, Allen from 1991, interviewed by Lewis MacAdams, and performing with bass player Don Was, as part of the Deep Dish cable tv series – The Lannon Foundation Presents Writers Uncensored – this episode, Allen Ginsberg – Doesn’t Everybody Want To Save The World?
The program opens with a close-up of Allen.
LM: I mean, over all these years, all these images of “Allen Ginsberg” have been put back at you from worlds media, and I’m
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More Punk Notes (Hardcore)

Following on from recent postings, here’s Allen and Steven Taylor in Allen’s kitchen (437 East 12th Street) in New York, discussing “hardcore”, the music immediately following punk.
Here below is a transcript:
“AG: …(which) leaves it open to any kind of polymorphous perverse, at best, and is a kind of declaration of independence from social identity, or reassertion of a personal stamp of their own social identity, also there’s a political implication of subversion and rebellion against the rigid moral (morale) of the financial, sexual, commercial, rules and regulations imposed by the American government, or the Russian government, or the
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