“In the Beat constellation, Allen Ginsberg’s star now shines more brightly than the rest…There would have been no Beat phenomenon without Ginsberg, logorrhoeic poet and protester, illustrious, predatory queer, inventor and supporter of colleagues and hangers-on, impresario and self-appointed hero of a tradition that he put together from all kinds … Read More
AG: So the next one that he (Thomas Campion) has is “Follow Thy.. Sun Unhappy Shadow” (Norton (anthology) page 225, it’s the page before, in the Norton, it begins at the bottom of page 225 ) – Do you know what it… does anyone know how to sing that? if you’ve got the music? – Does anybody know that one? – [to Student] Have you worked on that at all?
Student: I.. I.. I could kind of do it.
AG: Yeah, well let’s have..
Student: Do it, first?
AG: Want to do this first? … Read More
WHEN thou must home to shades of underground,
And there arrived, a new admirèd guest,
The beauteous spirits do engirt thee round,
White Iope, blithe Helen, and the rest,
To hear the stories of thy finish’d love
From that smooth tongue whose music hell can move;
Then wilt thou speak of banqueting delights,
Of masques and revels which sweet youth did make,
Of tourneys and great challenges of knights,
And all these triumphs for thy beauty’s sake:
When thou hast told these… Read More
HARK, all you ladies that do sleep!
The fairy-queen Proserpina
Bids you awake and pity them that weep
You may do in the dark
What the day doth forbid;
Fear not the dogs that bark,
Night will have all hid.
But if you let your lovers moan,
The fairy-queen Proserpina
Will send abroad her fairies every one,
That shall pinch black and blue
Your white hands and fair arms
That did not kindly… Read More
Jim Carroll: I should say, like.. I mean.. just… does anybody, like, have any questions about, anything? (But), like, I’m thinking about the nature of.. I obviously ask about.. the nature of the difference between lyrics and poems, generally, but.. you know, that’s not important to.. (go further into) (We can) talk about that next time. What? Allen? [Allen puts up his hand to ask a
Here’s another of his Popspots ( “Pot Is A Reality Kick” – Benedict J Fernandez‘s much-circulated image of Allen at the LEMAR (Committee To Legalize Marijuana) protest, Christopher Street at 6th Avenue, New York City, January, 1965
It was in 1989, before I knew what was going on and I couldn’t stop him,
he kissed me on the mouth. [laughs]
I like Howl. Howl’s great. It’s like the beatnik manifesto
of the ’50s, y’ know, it really says it all. It’s got that beatnik attitude of
that time in America. It’s quite eloquent. But after that, he didn’t really do
anything that struck me as
[Allen Ginsberg’s Desk – Drawing by Allen Ginsberg]
second-part of an in-depth interview with Michael Horowitz, Timothy Leary’s
longtime archivist, recently appeared. The first (posted back in November 2015)
can be seen here.
The second, brings Allen in to the picture (Lisa Rein, the Archives digital librarian, is the interviewer):
LR: What was the dynamic between Ginsberg and Leary?
MH: The synergy between them was powerful. There’s a … Read More
Minor matters today. More one-on-one post-class discussion. Allen makes arrangements.
AG: [to Student] – What have you got? some poems?
Student: Some homework, from last week – Lyke Wake Dirge.
AG: Oh great – good – Shall I take it home?
Student: There’s a journal and a transcription.
AG: Oh yes, shall we make a date?
Student: Sure….. Mondays and Fridays are (the) best (days)…
AG: Mondays and Fridays?
Student: Mondays are good..
AG: Well, tomorrow I’ve got a reading. (But) At weekends, I’m free, certainly…
Student: Weekends are fine.