Not Forgetting Gregory Corso

[Gregory Corso, Tangier, June 1961. photo c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]
Yesterday’s posting of a reading by the young John Wieners from the San Francisco Poetry Center Archives (The Poetry Center Digital Archive) inspires us to post another from the same source – Gregory Corso – a relatively subdued Gregory Corso, it has to be said, but then he’s only 26, it’s 1956, the world is still about to open, he’s yet to publish his ground-breaking City Lights book, Gasoline. He has published his first book, The Vestal Lady on Brattle (1955), where several of the poems he reads … Read More

John Wieners (Early and Late)

[John Wieners at the Odessa Restaurant, New York City, October 1985. Photo: c. Allen Ginsberg]
John Wieners, spotlighted here, (“pure poet”, as Allen Ginsberg lauded him), was among those featured in that SFSU trove (of recent releases from the Poetry Center’s Digital Archive) that we mentioned in this space just a few weeks back. Click here for extraordinary audio from a June 21 1959 (Summer Solstice) reading – A twenty-five-year-old Wieners reads from the then still-unpublished Hotel Wentley Poems.
Over four decades later, courtesy of his publisher, Derek Fenner of Bootstrap Press, we have this (he passed away, 8 … Read More

Gary Snyder

Gary Snyder, the original Dharma bum and eco-warrior, turns 81 today.
Dana Goodyear‘s October 2008 profile in The New Yorker affords some insights. As does this 1999 interview/conversation with Peter Coyote for Poetry Flash. As does this video interview here and here, and this radio interview here, and this earlier (1991) audio interview, to cite just a few of the available sources.
1991, that would be just one year before the publication of “No Nature:New and Selected Poems”, Snyder’s first gathering of “Selected Poems”. His reading from that book at the wonderful D.G.Wills bookstore in … Read More

Allen Ginsberg, King of May, Prague 1965 (ASV3)

We know we’ve focused on this a few times before but, in the context of our “Annotated Streaming Video” series (and in celebration of the Springtime), wanted to focus on it again – “Allen Ginsberg, King of May, Prague 1965” – Kral Majales – “And I am the King of May, which is the power of sexual youth,/and I am the King of May, which is industry in eloquence and action in amour,/and I am the King of May, which is long hair of Adam and the Beard of my own body/and I am the King of May which … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up 24

[Allen Ginsberg on the Yangtze River, China, November 10 1984. Allen had traveled to China with Gary and Masa Snyder, Maxine Hong Kingston, Francine &amzp; Cleve Grey and others as part of an American delegation of noted writers in exchange for hosting notable Chinese writers in the States a few years before. photo. c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]

Angela Sorby’s piece in the current Chronicle of Higher Education, “Snapshots of a Semester in China” is an interesting read – “I decide to teach my students Allen Ginsberg’s famous countercultural poem, “Howl”, Sorby writes. “Before I came to China, I

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Kerouac, Ginsberg and Friends in NYC 1959

Here’s the second in our series of “Annotated Streaming Video(s)” (the first, on “Pull My Daisy”, was posted Monday, and can be accessed here).” Kerouac, Ginsberg and Friends in NYC, 1959″ – under such matter-of-fact description lies another rarity and treasure – a true internet treasure (over 230,000 people have viewed it since it was first put up on You Tube in June of 2007 – [over 200,000 and counting on this 2014 posting] )  – a particularly remarkable thing, since, all this time, it has remained something of a mystery, and is black-and-white, silent (sic) … Read More

Beat Treasures 3

May 3 2011 – Note: We’ve been unable to load any of the links from the SSC Archives site, even with the latest real audio player installed, but thought we’d post this perchance someone out there is able to, and could clue everyone else into how to. Not having any luck reaching SSC Archives either

update May 4 2011 – We’ve contacted the SSC Archives admin and are told things should be back up shortly. They’ve gone through a website revamp and obviously have some kinks to sort out

March 2012 update – These remarkable resources have now been made

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Pull My Daisy (ASV1)

Today we begin a series, Annotated Streaming Video,  starting off at the top of our video links list, the classic Robert Frank/Al Leslie 1959 production, Pull My Daisy.

“Milo is a railroad brakeman, his wife a painter. They have some poet friends who spend a good bit of time hanging out at their apartment. When Milo and his wife are visited by their bishop, they naturally would like their friends to be on their best behavior. But poets will be poets” (IMDB‘s plot synopsis)

“Pull my daisy/tip my cup/all my doors are open..”

Jack Kerouac’s extraordinary improvised … Read More

First of May

“ America when I was seven momma took me to Communist Cell meetings they 
sold us garbanzos a handful per ticket a ticket costs a nickel and the 
speeches were free everybody was angelic and sentimental about the 
workers it was all so sincere you have no idea what a good thing the party 
was in 1935….” (Allen Ginsberg – from “America” (1956))
Allen sings robustly here his 1986 poem “Fifth Internationale” (“Arise ye prisoners of your mind-set/Arise Neurotics of the Earth”), a “parasong“, as his friend Tuli Kupferberg might have described it, written to the tune
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