Looking forward and looking back, with the year’s first “Weekly Round-Up”, starting off with Allen Ginsberg – Fotografìa y Poetica Beat at the Photology Gallery in Garzon, Uruguay – the first ever showing of Allen’s photographs in South America! (this show is coming to a close, closing-date is next Tuesday, January 9).
Allen Ginsberg, continuing his 1980 Basic Poetics class at Naropa – here
AG: Well, he lives only.. (Richard) Lovelace lives only forty years. The commentator here says, “a life of only forty years spent in such vicissitude give little opportunity for that retirement from the world that art and scholarship require” – So, now, Lovelace has written a couple of classics, that everybody knows, by heart actually – “To Althea From Prison” – maybe… who would like to read that? – does anybody know this poem? – Remember “Stone walls do not a prison make/Nor … Read More
New Years Greetings, 2018 – from The Allen Ginsberg Project. You may remember back in November of 2016, we announced a substantial overhaul (from our previous “blogger” platform) and asked you to bear with us while we made the transition. Well, we have here a pretty big archive, (believe it or not, right now, over two-and-a-half thousand posts!), and so it’s taken us, understandably, a little longer than we anticipated to “catch up” and “clean up” – but we’re working on it! We also, in those old days, put out the call for more reader feed-back. Please use our Comments … Read More
Allen Ginsberg (following some brief announcements of upcoming readings by Anne Waldman)
Anne Waldman introduces Allen Ginsberg:;
AW: Allen Ginsberg – Guggenheim Fellow and member of the American Institute of Arts and Letters, the author of Howl, Kaddish, Planet News, The Fall of America, Mind Breaths, Plutonian Ode, Poems 1977-1980. His Collected Poems was published in January 1985 by Harper and Row. He has recently returned from China where he has been lecturing at the invitation of the Chinese Writers Union. He’s sung with Bob Dylan and The Clash,… Read More
Our focus today – Eric Mottram, (1924-1995), author of (among many other titles) the brief survey, Allen Ginsberg in the Sixties – a poet, critic and scholar, a central figure in the English/transatlantic connection, one of the earliest, most astute and most passionate, readers and observers and commentators on Allen’s work.
Mottram on Ginsberg, from a lecture, given at Kings College London, circa 1970
“He [Allen]’s very conscious now of finding strategies for being very very private in public.”
He goes on:
“But if you are going to say, “okay, private life is primary, the body is primary, … Read More
AG: Now we’ll find out about him..let’s see, Lovelace’s history. He was a friend of… Dick Lovelace was a friend of Jack Suckling, as you remember. Lets see now.. what is this?,.. born in Woolwich, 1618, died in Gunpowder Alley, near Shoe Lane, London, April 1658.. he was an improvisateur. “a more slovenly poet than Lovelace it would be difficult to find” (according to this editor from the nineteenth-century).
Well, here is the situation – (he has several poems about prison, which we’ll get to)
“Imprisonment from which he was suffering was brought on him
AG: Now, next we get to (Abraham) Cowley , below, (page) three-sixty, And the reason Cowley gets interesting is , finally, for the first time, the horrific City. enters in (as it will get increasingly, prophetically, apparent entering into the poetry.. (William) Blake will, pretty soon, (be) talking about.the opening (of the) streets of London and the “satanic mills”, and it’ll go on to the twentieth-century with “Moloch whose cities are…” ” filled up with plutonian factories drizzling in the toilet!”) – So here in “The Wish”, the vision the horror in the city,
Allen Ginsberg on Richard Crashaw continuing from here
AG: Then he (Crashaw) also has another poem that has a very pretty triplet thing,It’s rare in English to find three lines (one short, one longer, and then one longest, with the same rhyme -“be/she/me”, “lie/eye/destiny”, “birth/ forth/earth”)