Two weeks since the last “weekly round-up”, so let’s get right down to it. First, to sing the praises of a wonderful essay by “our own” Steve Silberman, (see earlier contributions here and here) – “Ginsberg’s Failure” – his contribution to the second issue of the new Long Shot cyber-experiment (“submitted to, compiled, edited, and published, all within the space of 48 hours”) – not to be confused – tho’ it inevitably will be, on occasions, with – the fondly-remembered Eliot Katz-Danny Shot-edited, New Jersey-based Long Shot magazine.
Allen’s 1980 poem, “Ode To Failure“, referenced in the piece, can be read on-line here.
“If music be the food of love, play on”, Allen’s long-time musical accompanist, collaborator, friend, dedicatee, “Fug”, “False Prophet”, etc, etc.. Steven Taylor, is charmingly featured in this “music video”, part of a longer, proposed film project) by Anthony Sepulveda – Steven sings (and records) his artfully-named “Hymn to Dementia”
(See here for an interview with Anne about the trilogy
& another book we’re looking forward to – By Word of Mouth – Poems from the Spanish 1916-1919, William Carlos Williams‘ translations of Spanish and Latin American poets. More about that title (from New Directions) here.
Jay Landesman’s death was noted on this blog early this year. We now sadly note the passing of his widow, Fran Landesman (Jack Kerouac really did play bongos outside her window!). Here’s her New York Times obituary – and here’s another fond and detailed notice here ( – and another one here).
Ariel Parkinson‘s 1955 portrait, “Ginsberg at 25” was just one of a number of rare and interesting paintings on show recently at Sue Steel’s Mythos Gallery in Berkeley – Poets and Painters of the First San Francisco Renaissance,
Here’s a note about Berkeley’s magical Allen Ginsberg Garden.