Friday Round-Up – 306

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 [Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) in 1957 – Photograph by Jerry Yulsman]

updated news of the fabled Kerouac-Cassady letter – see here

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Tomorrow, (Saturday March 11) – Jack Kerouac’s 95th Birthday Celebrations in Lowell, Mass,, kick off at 12 o’clock, (12 Noon) in the Pollard Library with a Pollard Library Tour, led by Bill Walsh, followed by “The Unknown Kerouac”, a presentation and discussion by Todd Tietchen and Jean Christophe Cloutier of the most recently published Kerouac volume. Then, in the evening, at Zorba’s Music Hall –  “Happy Birthday Jack!” -“A celebration of Kerouac’s Birthday with The Neverly Brothers (Dave … Read More

John Donne (continues – 7)

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[ John Donne (1572-1631)]

AG : “A Valediction..(Forbidding Mourning)”  (by John Donne) (page two-thirty-nine). That was like… here you find a..the acme of Donne in his use of  images from cartography, compasses and spheres, and.. and I think that, like, is nowadays you have heavy-metal comix, or (William) Burroughs‘ poetry which has a lot of space-age imagery (android space-age martian heavy-metal). So, in those days, because of the adventures in America reported back, there’s a lot of.. everybody was hung up on the sort of apocalyptic imagery of a New World, and sailing, and making maps. There’s a … Read More

John Donne (continues – 6)

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Allen Ginsberg on John Donne’s “Sweetest love, I do not go..” continued

Peter Orlovsky: .”Thus by frightened deaths to die.” – What does that mean?

AG: “Feigned death”

Peter Orlovsky: .”Thus by… .feign’d death?

AG: Imitation death – to feign is to imitate. Death…incidentally, death throughout (not throughout) but in some of these erotic or love poems by Donne, “a little death”, is an orgasm, often, or it’s the local… I think there’s a little footnote on it – [Allen looks to the footnote for “feign’d“] – …”It was frequently used (with) an apostrophe between words that gave the neighboring … Read More

John Donne (continued – 5)

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Allen Ginsberg on John Donne continues

AG: Then… there’s some notes..(some) thing in (John) Donne. Like, when it begins, it begins like a kind of lightning stroke, Like, he cuts right through, immediately, to some great insults, or basic statement that is much more realistic than any of the love poetry that went before, from “I Sing of A Mayden”, on, because he’s the first person that’s being disillusioned, ironic, intelligent, intemperate, feisty, nasty, wanting to fuck and not talk anymore, wanting to get it on and not delay, not be hung up. Obviously, … Read More

Sunday March 5 Chogyam Trungpa Anniversary

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[Allen Ginsberg and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche – Photograph © Naropa Archives]

March 5th – today -Allen’s teacher, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche‘s birthday, the 78th anniversary of his birthday. Next month (April 4th)  we will be marking the 30th anniversary of his death.

Rinpoche – Remembering Trungpa Rinpoche

see this extended piece by Barry Boyce from the archives in Lion’s Roar

Trungpa’s legacy can be more fully explored here – and here (Chronicles of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche) and also  here (Shambhala)

& see also previous postings on The Allen Ginsberg Project  (for example)  here, here and here

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[“The Vidyadhara Chogyam … Read More

Saturday March 4 – William Carlos Williams anniversary

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[“To sweet Daphne from her “father” William Carlos Williams” – inscription on a copy, (in his shaky post-stroke hand), of his 1955 volume, Journey to Love – to his daughter-in-law, Daphne Spence Williams – William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)]

March 4 1963, the date of William Carlos Williams‘ passing. He “died in his sleep, at home, of a cerebral hemorrhage that was not unexpected”. He was seventy-nine years old. Allen’s great master and teacher, we celebrate him extensively and frequently here on this blog. Today, we’ll draw your attention to his (1964 posthumous) Paris Review interview

From the interviewer, … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 305

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Hot news from Real Gone Music – reissues of two essential Beat albums (limited editions in vinyl) – Allen’s classic 1966 recording of Kaddish and the Jack Kerouac-Steve Allens recording Poetry For The Beat Generation, (Jack’s debut as a recording artist).

Both are officially due out April 7, but pre-ordering will be available and details will be announced soon.

For further information on both these records – see this comprehensive article –  here 

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& Just out from the Cambridge University Press, and available in paperback – The Cambridge Companion to The Beats – edited by Steve BellettoRead More

John Donne – Go and Catch A Falling Star – 4 (conclusion)

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[ “till age snow white hairs on thee…” ]

Student: (I was wondering, in John Donne‘s time, how they used the word “art”, A-R-T- how did they use that)?

AG: Well now, I don’t think they used it the way we do, then. In Shakespeare, you see, “If thou.. If thou be who thou think thou art..”  They probably used “art” in those days anyway.

Student: ( or “are” – (“Tell me where all past years are“))

AG: Okay. okay. They seem to be… “If thou be’st the man I think thou are” – (apparently, “art” (are) comes at … Read More

Wednesday March 1 – Lucien Carr

 

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[Jack Kerouac & Lucien Carr, Columbia University Campus, 1944]

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[Lucien Carr and Allen Ginsberg at Lucien’s wedding to Francesca “Cessa” von Hertz, January 4, 1952. Photographer unknown]

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[Dane De Haan as Lucien Carr from the 2013 film Kill Your Darlings]

March the first. Today is Lucien Carr’s birthday

Central but enigmatic figure at the birth of the Beat Generation,  for “that story” we’ll send you to this New York Times piece. (altho’  we have reservations about the author’s  Kerouac hatchet-job – here)

For  earlier postings on Lucien on The Allen Ginsberg Project – see here and also … Read More