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Native American-Led Protests Against Dakota Access Oil Pipeline,  October 2016

Some sort of synchronicity. We had scheduled this post (Allen at Naropa in 1980, announcing a Native American-led protest against the sacrilege and environmental disaster of the proposal for South Dakota uranium mining), prior to the breaking news of Amy Goodman‘s arrest (and yesterday’s acquittal) over reporting on demonstrations against the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline. For more on the Pipeline and for Democracy Now‘s full coverage of the issue – see here

Amy Goodman, hosting Democracy Now! from Mandan, North Dakota

Amy  isn’t the only … Read More

Six Silver Poets

 

   [Fulke Greville]                           
[Sir Philip Sidney]
screenshot-2016-11-12-18-59-59[George Peele]
[Robert Southwell]
[ Samuel Daniel]
[Michael Drayton]

AG: For the next session can you read Fulke Greville. Student: What page is that? AG: Fulke Greville.  (And)..Well, page 171, some of (Sir Philip) Sidney‘s Sonnets, Sidney’s Sonnets (176, 77) Song by George Peele on page 183, Robert Southwell“The Burning Babe” on page 186, Samuel Daniel, “Care Charmer Sleep”, Sonnet, (page 187), “Are There Shadows?” (page 190) and Michael Drayton‘s Sonnet (on page 195), Number 61  (“Since there’s no help, come, let us kiss and part”) – … Read More

Sunday October 16 – Oscar Wilde’s Birthday

                                            [Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas (“Bosie”)]

Allen (from a letter to the author (M.G.Roy) and the editors of the “Beat Generation” Monarch Notes, December 5, 1966 (“Dear Messrs Roy, Cooperman, Leavitt and Violi..”))

 “…Accusations of “phony” madness against Oscar Wilde, whom I find an immensely sympathetic figure of letters, run through the book, as if it were important to the subject at hand.  It isn’t.”

born October 16, 1854, in Dublin, Ireland.  Today – and a day … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 289

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Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg, San Francisco, 1965, photo c. Larry Keenan

Yesterday’s announcement of Bob Dylan winning the Nobel Prize still has us reeling. Better late than never,  Allen’s letter to the Nobel Committee, from November 20, 1996 (sic):

“Dear Members of the Swedish Academy,  For the Nobel Prize in Literature I propose Bob Dylan. Bob Dylan is a American Bard & minstrel of XX Century, whose words have influenced many generations throughout the world. He deserves a Nobel Prize in recognition of his mighty & universal poetic powers”

Sincerely, Allen Ginsberg, Poet, Member of American Academy of Arts … Read More

Bob Dylan Wins The Nobel Prize in Literature

Bob Dylan & Allen Ginsberg – “The Music Lesson” – Photograph by Elsa Dorfman – © Elsa Dorfman

The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2016 was awarded today to Bob Dylan “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”. We’re stunned and delighted and thrilled.

Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy – “He (Dylan’s) ‘s a great poet in the English-speaking tradition and he’s a wonderful sampler. A very original sampler. He embodies the tradition and for 54 years now he’s been at it, reinventing himself constantly, creating a new identity”

“..if you look … Read More

Edmund Spenser (Epithalamion)

AG on early English poetry continues

AG: Well, [Edmund Spenser] I think I’ll read one stanza (the first and last stanza of the Epithalamion)  just to get to swing through one long stanza, strophe, or whatever you call it.

” Ye learned sisters which have oftentimes Beene to me aydinge, others to adorne; Whom you thought worthy of your gracefull rymes, That even the greatest did not greatly scorne To heare theyr names sung in your simple layes, But joyed in theyre prayse. And when ye liste your owne mishaps to mourne, Which death, or love, or … Read More

“Nature That Washed Her Hands in Milk”

AG: [continuing with the poems of Sir Walter Raleigh] –  Then, there’s some pretty snow, snow stuff – snow and milk  – page 137. A couple of… that one stanza there, one or two stanzas ,that are on .. well some of the same theme [suffering and death]. The first line of “Nature, That Washed Her Hands In Milk” – that’s a real cute.. “Nature that washed her hands in milk”, that’s a real weird, sweet notion ((Jack) Kerouac wrote a lot of poems about man is existing in milk and living in lilies (sic). He … Read More

Walter Raleigh’s “The Lie”

   
The Buddha teaching The Four Noble Truths. Sanskrit Astasahsrika Prajnaparamita Sutra   manuscript, written in the Ranjana script,  Nalanda, Bihar, India, circa 700-1100 CE

AG: I’d like to go with  (Walter Raleigh‘s) “The Lie” because that gets into the heavy-metal suffering – The First Noble Truth – when people really are on the verge of death and seeing life as a maya, samsara, evidence of shadow, even in Elizabethan days. So it’s First Noble Truth. Second Noble Truth, suffering, transitoriness. However, the Third Noble Truth, un-atman – the Buddhist notion of un-atman (no soul, … Read More

Terry Gross Interview, 1994

 

Terry Gross. 1987 in the studio on NPR’s “Fresh Air”

   

“I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn, looking for an angry fix”

TG: Allen Ginsberg, reading his now classic poem “Howl”. Ginsberg was a cultural hero to several generations. He was one of the leading Beat poets in the (19)50’s, in the (19)60’s he was an icon of the counterculture, through the (19)70’s and (19)80’s, he continued to write and to explore Eastern religions. By the (19)90’s, he was an inspiration to up-and-coming … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 288

 

October 7, 1849 –  the death of Edgar Allan Poe. More Allen-Ginsberg-on-Poe postings here, here and here

October 2017 marks the Centennial of the English poet David Gascoyne. Enitharmon, his English publisher, have taken the occasion to reprint a 1986 letter/memoir/note he wrote to Allen – See here

October in the Railroad Earth – October is Kerouac month… (every month is Kerouac month! – but this month (this weekend) in Lowell, Massachusetts, it’s the annual Lowell Celebrates Kerouac). Full details about the weekend’s activities – hereRead More