United States Customs seized 520 copies of the second printing of Howl & Other Poems, declaring it to be obscene. “You wouldn’t want your children to come across it” San Francisco collector of customs, Chester MacPhee, was quoted as saying. However an additional 1000 copies slipped through undetected.… Read More
[Lawrence Ferlinghetti in his office with pooch, Whitman photo, files, coat racks, book bags, posters, at City Lights up on balcony, B’way at Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, October 1984. Allen Ginsberg (c. Allen Ginsberg Estate)]
[Peter Marti & Marc Olmsted, San Francisco Main Library, January 2010. photo: Liz Rodriguez]
Allen’s Dharma pal poet friend Marc Olmsted sent us this 2008 interview with him and poet Peter Marti by producer/painter/performer Julie Adler & we can’t thank him enough. This one really gets inside Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche‘s influence on their poetry & lives as well as Allen’s and the early days of Naropa University.
It ends with a genius version of Allen doing his poem “Birdbrain” backed by Olmsted’s band, The Job. Recorded at On Broadway in North Beach, San Francisco, (directly above the legendary … Read More
Born in 1922, this would be his 88th birthday. In celebration, we wanted to point out a little known side of the poet-novelist: the imaginary sports writer. At the New York Public Library’s Kerouac exhibition in 2007, Jack’s mapping of imaginary Baseball Leagues complete with statistics, announcements and reports, were some of the more curious and fun items on display. The Berg Collections’ curator, Isaac Gewirtz, compiled a 75 page book on the subject published by and available through the New York Public Library.
“Long before he wrote On the Road or Visions of Cody, the Beat novelist and … Read More
[Gary Snyder, Kyoto, Japan, June 1963. Photo: Allen Ginsberg c. Allen Ginsberg LLC]
An article with interview snippets in the Milford Daily News in advance of Snyder receiving the 10th annual Robert Creeley Award in Acton Mass. next week. Our colleague Matt Theado at the Beat Studies Association heard from Chris Bergeron after his interview with Snyder saying “I interviewed him for about 40 minutes by phone & felt I’d never spoken with a 79-year-old man whose mind was as sharp as someone in their 30s. He was very sharp, personable, totally free of BS. What felt curious to me … Read More