Spontaneous Poetics – (W.B.Yeats 5)

[W.B.Yeats– Photographed by Edward Steichen for Conde Nast 1932]

Ginsberg and Whalen on Yeats continues. Philip choses the next poem

PW: I like this one (“The Hawk”). To double-back a minute.. [PW reads Yeats’ ”The Hawk”] – “Call down the hawk from the air/Let him be hooded or caged/Till the yellow eye has gone mild..”…”What tumbling cloud did you cleave,/Yellow-eyed hawk of the mind,/Last evening? That I, who had sat/Dumbfounded before a knave,/Should give to my friend/A pretence of wit”
AG: He had a  funny kind of  self-rue, self-regret, self-criticism…
PW: Yeah
AG: …cutting into his … Read More

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Diane Di Prima‘s 79th birthday today. We draw your attention to our 2011 post –  and Dale Smith’s piece in the L.A. Review of Books this past December – also to our post last August 6th announcing, Diane’s on-going health crisis.

Here’s an up-date (from fund-raising coordinator) Amber Tamblyn:

“If you are one of the many people who donated to the Diane di Prima Fundraiser last year. THANK YOU SO MUCH. We were able to raise over $10,000 for her relief which was incredibly helpful. It’s been a long and difficult road for Diane health-wise, in part because she … Read More

Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Diane di Prima Reading Naropa 1974

[Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman ]

[Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Diane Di Prima]

Another vintage Naropa audio, following on from this and this. This, arguably the earliest – from 1974 – Allen, Anne Waldman and Diane di Prima at the nascent Naropa Institute, July 30, 1974 – in two parts.
“Can you hear in the back? – Raise your hands if you cannot.”
First part: After introductory remarks, the reading-order and format is established. Anne Waldman: “I’m going to start, and then Allen will read and then Diane, and then I think we’ll have a short break, and then … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 111

An autographed signed poem (and accompanying signed letter) by Allen, from 1971 -“On Neal Cassidy’s (sic) Ashes” – goes up on the auction block (Bonham’s, San Francisco) later this month. Estimate $800 – $1200. Stephen J Gertz writes about it on Booktryst here.

Another piece of Allen ephemera recently posted by “Melanie” at “The Poisoned Ink Well”: 

“One of my most treasured possessions”, she notes. The “very funny” poem of hers (“Your Dick”) that he refers to can be seen in its entirety here (scroll down) – “Your dick was so fine/Your dick was circumcised/Your dick was a gun … Read More

Diane DiPrima San Francisco Poet Laureate

It’s just been announced that Diane DiPrima has been elected the new San Francisco Poet Laureate. A bit last minute notice here but for those of you in the area, there will be a brief ceremony and announcement at the Richmond Branch Library in San Francisco today, Friday at 11 am. The Library is at 351 9th Avenue between Geary and Clement. Diane will do a short reading as well. There will be a more formal inauguration in the near future.

Random Photo of the Day…

[Taylor Mead, 2nd Ave & 6th Street, New York City, November 1992. c. Allen … Read More