James Wright & Howl

In case any of you diligent poetryblog followers missed this one a couple days ago, Issa’s Untidy Hut blog for “The Lilliput Review” posted some fascinating background to James Wright‘s two poems “Lying in a Hammock at William Duffy’s Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota” and “Depressed by a Book of Bad Poetry, I Walk Toward an Unused Pasture and Invite the Insects to Join me.”… Read More

John Sinclair

Some excellent footage of John Sinclair in Massachusetts last week shot by Laki Vazakas. He opens with his poem for Marion Brown who passed away October 18 this year.

Allen wrote of Sinclair in his “Outline of Un-American Activities: A PEN American Center Report.” (The complete essay, first published in The Writer and Human Rights, Anchor/Doubleday1983, is now available in Deliberate Prose: Selected Essays 1952-1995 ed Bill Morgan. Harper Perennial. )

“In Detroit there is a rock and jazz impresario named John Sinclair, who was a poet much beloved of Charles Olson. In 1965 we had a big poetry meeting … Read More

Gary Snyder: The Practice of the Wild

John Healy’s film on Gary Snyder & Jim Harrison, The Practice of the Wild has been popping up at festivals here and there, but hasn’t had a proper release till now, starting November 11 at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, NY and then in New York City’s Quad Cinemas on November 12. Check the film’s Facebook page for possible screenings in your area.

While we’re on Snyder, this seems a good time to repost the Steve Heilig’s Counterpunch interview with him that was done around the publication of Snyder & Tom Killion’s Tamalpais Walking book last year.

An … Read More

On the Bro’d: Every sentence of Jack Kerouac’s On The Road, retold for bros.

Finally it’s the OTR treatment we’ve been waiting for! [er..not really, but never mind!]. The

press release states:

“On The Road is an American classic and the seminal work of the Beat generation, but much of it’s lost in translation when read by the generation that goes to the club and then beats. Bringing Kerouac’s best to the bros: On the Bro’d.

Created by an NYC designer/ writer/ humor blogger, OTB wants to be “every sentence of Jack Kerouac’s On The Road, retold for bros”, which he deems appropriate as apparently the book itself’s a product of the “stirring unrest

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Pop Culture Roundup

[Garrett Hedlund (Neal Cassady/Dean Moriarty in the book), Tom Sturridge (Allen Ginsberg/Carlo Marx), John Allen Cassady, Sam Riley ( Jack Kerouac/Sal Paradise) during the On the Road shoot in Montreal, August 2010. photo via Beat Museum]

“I worked with my friend Tom Sturridge, and he plays Carlo Marx, who’s Allen Ginsberg,” Stewart says, excitement creeping into her voice. “And I would look over at him, and he’s doing this fucking full-on Allen Ginsberg crazy monologue in the corner of some thumping, raving party, and I’m dancing to bebop jazz, and I’d be like, ‘Tom, we’re doing “On the Road.” … Read More

Amnesty International/A Prophecy


A couple of months back, Amnesty International chose for their advertising video a poem by Allen, his May 1968 poem (from Fall of America), A Prophecy. “O Future bards/chant from skull to heart to ass/as long as language lasts..” A variety of voices in a variety of settings sound out the lines. We certainly support Amnesty International’s essential cause, and if poetry has to be co-opted by advertising, better this than anything else! If you’ve not seen it yet, here’s the video (with music by Aphex Twin, directed by Fernando Vallejo). Vallejo, Colombian born, a biologist and a writer, as … Read More

Ginsberg Apolitical? – I don’t think so!

[Allen Ginsberg protesting Madame Nhu’s visit in San Francisco, October 30, 1963. Placard reads: Man is naked without secrets (?) Armed Men Lack this/how many million person without names/what do we know of their suffering?/”Oh how wounded How wounded!” Says the Guru/Thine own heart says the Swami/Within you says the Christ/Till his humanity Awake says Blake/I am here saying seek mutual surrender tears/That there be no more hell in Vietnam/That I not be in hell here in the street. (photographer unknown)]

A couple of better-late-than-never responses to Lee Siegel‘s [October 10, 2010]  New York Times Book Review article (first … Read More