Henry King & Transience (continued)

AG : I had xeroxed a couple of other lines of his, of  Henry King, but..  there’s one that’s pretty...“The Dirge”, in the fourth stanza, talking about life. Well, it’s another thing like that – “What is the existence of man’s life?” – Is it “war”?,  is it “a storm”? is it “a flower”? is it “a dream”? is it “a dial” (a sun dial)? –  It’s another of those logical comparisons. That’s why they call it  metaphysical-type poetry, because they make a logical comparison (and) shake it up. – “It is  a dream whose seeming … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 309

The Best Minds of My Generation: A Literary History of The Beats As Taught by Allen Ginsberg is just out (this past Tuesday) from Penguin Books in England. Next Friday, Grove Press will publish the American edition.  Interesting to compare the covers perhaps – the more sober UK edition, the more brash, more jazzy American? – Either way, it’s another essential Ginsberg book.   Reviews are already highly positive:

Publisher’s Weekly – “A gold mine for anyone interested in beat literature . . . Ginsberg reads and thinks like a poet; interested in language and style, he abandons narrative to … Read More