Make my grave shape of heart so like a flower be free aired and handsome felt.
Grave root pillow, tung up from grave & wigle at blown up clowd.
Ear turnes close to underlayer of green felt moss & sound
of rain dribble thru this layer
down to the roots that will tickle my ear.
Hay grave, my toes need cutting so file away in sound curve or
Garbage grave, way above my head, blood will soon
trickle … Read More
[Peter Orlovsky, Allen Ginsberg’s office, 437 East 12th St. New York City, 1984. c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]
Peter managed to recover from a close call with pneumonia and was able to travel to the hospice outside Burlington, VT on Thursday. With only one functioning lung, he’s not in great shape by any stretch, but is in much better spirits & in a much more comfortable environment.… Read More
[Peter Orlovsky, returned to New York from India, Avenue C and 5th Street, September 1963. c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]
Word has just reached us that Peter Orlovsky, Allen’s lifetime companion, who has been battling lung cancer these past few months, has taken a serious turn for the worse and his condition is unstable and rapidly deteriorating. His right lung is basically not functioning and he has developed pneumonia. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. More news to follow.
Waylon Lewis at Elephant Journal has assembled a decent mix of images and video clips of Peter over the years … Read More
First review of Jack Kerouac & Allen Ginsberg: The Letters is in. This from Publishers Weekly who usually get out the first reviews. The book is set for a July 12 pub date.
“Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters
Edited by Bill Morgan and David Stanford, Viking, $35 (528p) ISBN 978-0-670-02194-9
At times loving, at others blistering, sarcastic, often uncomfortably self-lacerating and intimate, these 200 letters, collected in a heroic editorial effort by Ginsberg biographer Morgan and independent editor Stanford, cover the years 1944–1963, the most fertile in the creative lives of Kerouac and Ginsberg. A disbelieving Ginsberg writes … Read More
[San Miguel de Allende. Photo: Eneas via Flickr, Creative Commons]
Neal Cassady died in the middle of the night alongside the railroad tracks on the outskirts of San Miguel de Allende after leaving a party. It’s been said that he died of exposure, but the cause of death was never quite determined. Here’s an intriguing read by novelist Peter Ferry exploring Neal Cassady’s connection with that central Mexican town long after he passed away.
Searching for Neal Cassady in San Miguel de Allende
Travel Stories: Novelist Peter Ferry hunts down the ghost of the beatnik legend who inspired Kerouac, Ginsberg … Read More
[Allen Ginsberg, crowned Kral Majales (King of May), Prague, 1965. Photographer unknown. c Allen Ginsberg LLC)]
Allen’s Czech translator, Josef Rauvolf, happened to locate this one for us. We’ve seen bits of footage from that day, but none with some of the actual sound as you get here. Allen comes on as May King at around 1:30. Keep in mind this is the first traditional May Day celebration – where students elect a May King (Kral Majales) to rule over a bacchanal each May day – that the Communists allowed since their takeover in 1945. The Communists had instead used … Read More
by Vera von Kreutzbruck– Germany –Howl, a biopic centered on beatnik Allen Ginsberg’s seminal poem and the resulting obscenity trial, was the most moving and intellectually engaging film presented at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival. Read interview >> … Read More
[Elsa Dorfman with the Polaroid 20×24 camera. There are only six of these cameras in the world. The image is 23″x36″ and is of course in that wonderful Polaroid color. photos c. Elsa Dorfman]
Allen met Elsa Dorfman in 1959 when she was working at Grove Press and was arranging poetry readings for Grove’s poets, including Charles Olson, Robert Duncan, Michael McClure, Philip Whalen, Denise Levertov, Joel Oppenheimer, and Edward Field. She kept close with these poets, and continued to book readings when she returned to her home-town, Cambridge, where, in the late ’60s, she took up photography. Her … Read More