Jack Spicer, Kevin Killian and more At The Poetry Project

St Mark’s Poetry Project have got the killer lineup next week. (my apologies we’re a bit NYC-event-centric this round!). Simon Cutts & Nancy Kuhl kick things off Monday night, John Giorno, Wednesday night, Thursday it’s John Ashbery, and Friday, it’s the Panel & Reading For The Collected Jack Spicer My Vocabulary Did this To Me, with Dodie Bellamy, Anselm Berrigan, Julian T. Brolaski, C A Conrad, Samuel R. Delany, Peter Gizzi, Kevin Killian, Basil King, Douglas A. Martin, Deborah Remington, Harris Schiff, Rod Smith, George Stanley, Lewis Warsh & Karen Weiser. Check their site for details, times etc.Read More

Art, Creativity and Tibetan Buddhism

For those of you in the New York City area, here’s a chance to catch Gelek Rinpoche, Philip Glass, Francesco Clemente and Michael Imperioli on the same stage discussing relevance of art & spirituality in a benefit event for Gelek Rinpoche’s Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist organization. It’s at the Great Hall at Cooper Union, in lower Manhattan, Saturday May 9th, 7pm. Check Jewel Heart’s website for more details and tickets.… Read More

Meanwhile over at Reality Sandwich….

It’s been a little over a year since internet pioneer Ken Jordan and “psychonaut’ Daniel Pinchbeck launched the Realitysandwich.com website, and they marked the anniversary with the publication of Toward 2012 a selection of 36 essays featured throughout that first year. If you’re not already familiar, click on over and check out the site who’s roster of regular contriubuters include Sharon Gannon, Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky, Michael Brownstein, Erik Davis and of course Daniel Pinchbeck.

Ginsberg’s accompanist Steven Taylor posts a regular blog for Reality Sandwich, and I hightly recommend checking his Travels With My Aunt: Part IRead More

Gary Snyder Readings up on Guggenheim Site

image: Gary Snyder in Kyoto, Japan, June 1963. c Allen Ginsberg Estate/Corbis

The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860–1989 at the New York City Guggenheim Museum curated by Alexandra Munroe came to a close last week. There’s still a decent online presentation that includes Gary Snyder reading poems of Philip Whalen, Ezra Pound and Jack Kerouac as well as some of his own work, “Endless Streams and Mountains,” “Riprap and Cold Mountains,” and “Mu ch’i’s Persimmons,” all selected by Snyder to accompany the exhibition. Hear the Gary Snyder ReadingsRead More

Hank O’Neal

photo: Allen Ginsberg, Joe Strummer and Mick Jones. December 1981. c. Hank O’Neal

We’ve added some more photos to the “Photography“ section of the Allen Ginsberg.org website, among them a handful by photographer Hank O’Neal, who took this classic photo of Ginsberg with Joe Strummer and Mick Jones of the Clash. Hank worked with Allen and John Hammond Sr on his “First Blues” album back in 1983. He’d worked with Berenice Abbott for almost a dozen years, and, soon after meeting Allen, introduced him to Abbot, just at the time when Allen was re-discovering his … Read More

Calcutta College Street Coffee House turns 50

[College Street Coffee House, Calcutta. Sunil Ganguly Foreground, Peter Orlovsky to his left. Summer 1962. c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]

Unfortunately this is the only photo Ginsberg snapped at the coffee house where he & Peter spent hours talking poetry with among others the Krittbas writers Sunil Ganguly (in photo above), Shakti Chattopadhyay and Sarat Kumar Mukhopadhyay during the summer of 1962. In commemorating the 50th aniversary, The Calcutta Telegraph give us a little background and history to this Bengali literary landmark & institution.… Read More

Taylor Mead & Allen Ginsberg, Beat Studies Papers, Naropa’s New President….

image: Taylor Mead & Allen Ginsberg. Sebastian Piras

A little over 12 years ago photographer Sebastian Piras brought Taylor Mead over to Allen’s new loft to film a conversation between the two. A version of that is now up on You Tube and interaction between the two is as amusing as one might expect. Allen had just moved into his loft space that month, and would only be alive another 2 months or so. Jump over to Sebastian’s website for more. While you’re at it, it’s definitely worth checking Sebastian’s nifty pocket photobook A Pocketful of Contemporary Artists collection of … Read More

Fried Shoes /Cooked Diamonds

I came across this You Tube segment of a Gregory Corso class while perusing Elephant Journal’s recent story on Naropa Univeristy. To my great delight it links you to the complete streaming of Costanza Alione’s fantasticly entertaining documentary on Naropa’s early days Fried Shoes Cooked Diamonds. The entire cast of characters are all there in full color, William S Burroughs, Timothy Leary, Amiri Baraka, Anne Waldman, Peter Orlovsky, Allen’s Italian Translator Nanda Pivano, and many more. A most playful film very much worth watching.

2012 update – A more expanded version of this post is available on our “Annotated … Read More

The Beats: A Graphic History

By Harvey Pekar, Nancy J. Peters, Penelope Rosemont, Joyce Brabner, Trina Robbins and Tuli Kupferberg

(Hill and Wang; 199 pages; $22)

We haven’t had a chance to check out the graphic novel The Beats: A Graphic History so for now we’re relying on Gerald Nicosia’s review in last Sunday’s San Francisco Chronicle. He points out some troubling factual errors, some fairly egregious ones in fact, but is even-handed enough to point out the books strong points, of which there seem to be many.

However, our favorite, without a doubt the most amusing & no-holds-barred vicious review, comes via Greg … Read More

George Schneeman: Painter Among Poets 1934 -2009

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Allen Ginsberg posing for painter George Schneeman – Photograph by Harvey Wang

New York City painter George Schneeman passed away this January. He was a frequent collaborator with generations of Lower East Side poets, including Ted Berrigan, Larry Fagin, Dick Gallup, Alice Notley, Bill Berkson, Anne Waldman, Ron Padgett and Allen Ginsberg, and very much part of the neighborhood’s cultural fabric. Anne Waldman’s wonderful short appreciation of his life in the current Poetry Project Newsletter (below) is a moving introduction to the painter among poets for those unfamiliar. Tributes & poems from Tom ClarkRead More