Friday’s Weekly Round-Up 70


Another Ginsberg tat? Why not? – Leyna has “ecstatic and insatiate” tattooed on her arm (from “Howl” – “who copulated ecstatic and insatiate..” – but you all knew that.) For more Ginsberg “tats” (and there’s always more Ginsberg tats), click here.
And would it be too obvious a segue to mention the upcoming (print) edition of Sensitive Skin – featuring a rare, previously-unpublished 1992 interview by Allen with (William) Burroughs, conducted in Lawrence, Kansas, after a trip to the sweat-lodge! The publisher, B. Kold explains: “I got the manuscript from Christian X Hunter, many years ago, 1995? … Read More

Allen 1973 in New York at the 92nd Y (Interrupted)

New York’s 92nd Street Y has just uploaded this vintage performance – February 26 1973 – Allen reading, in the company of his father Louis, and in the face of some pretty extraordinary heckling by (well, no big surprise here) Gregory Corso.
This is the first recording in a proposed series of recordings – The Dave Nolan Poetry Series (in recognition of the late audio engineer/archivist, poetry- (and also serious Grateful Dead-aficionado!), David Nolan.
Thom Donavon, who also worked, alongside Nolan, at the Y, has noted that, of all the remarkable readings that they became familiar with, … Read More

Bob Kaufman (1925-1986)


[Bob Kaufman, 1985 (photograph copyright Jean D Carlisle]
[Bob & Eileen Kaufman, running off the first issue of the magazine, Beatitude – photograph copyright R.E. Johnson – photo provided courtesy the New Orleans School For The Imagination Archive and Dave Brinks ]

Bob Kaufman (1925-1986) would have been 87 today. We send you (shamelessly) to last year’s post for more links and info. And, courtesy John Sinclair and Radio Free Amsterdam, David Henderson’s definitive radio broadcast is now, happily, more freely available.

[Bob Kaufman autograph – collection of Simon Pettet]
Happy 87th birthday, Bob!
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Mind, Mouth and Page – 4 (Williams)

[William Carlos Williams, ca 1941 via Beinecke Collection]

Student: Do you know if (William Carlos Williams) made any comments on (J.D.) Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye?

AG: No, I don’t think he ever did. I don’t think he read it. I’m not sure.
Student: I would think that…
AG: I don’t think that..
Student: …that it would be a very interesting book for him.
AG: Yeah, but I think, see, his tradition was more.. it had already been done. The Catcher in the Rye had already been done in Winesburg, Ohio, and other books by Sherwood Anderson, … Read More

Mind, Mouth and Page – 3 (Williams and Kerouac)

[Jack Kerouac, 1944. Photo c. AllenGinsberg Estate]
[William Carlos Williams, Self Portrait (1914) via ACSU Buffalo]

Student: Allen? Had (Jack) Kerouac written, say, On The Road, by the time (William Carlos) Williams met him?

AG: Oh yes, yes.
Student: And Kerouac admired Williams?
AG: Yeah.
Student: Did Williams read any of Kerouac?
AG: Yeah, Williams read quite a bit of Kerouac, and he read his poetry – and liked it. I mean, not a great deal (by the time they met, Williams had had a stroke and was not active reading a lot – he was active writing. … Read More

Mind, Mouth and Page – 2 (Williams)

[USPS (United States Postal Service) William Carlos Williams stamp goes on sale on Saturday – William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)]
Allen’s William Carlos Williams lecture (from July 23, 1975) continues –
AG: So the first poem I’ll read is a combination of (the) mythical and the local Passaic River. He discovered the Passaic River as his river (rather than Lethe or the Thames). He’s talking to, I imagine, the Muse, bringing him to the river…”St James’ Grove“… (page 10 in the Collected Earlier Poems, if you’ve got it). [Allen reads from the first stanza of “St James’ Grove” … Read More

Howard Brookner – Burroughs (ASV # 32)

Howard Brookner’s 1985 Burroughs movie is, as we’ve said before, essential viewing (notwithstanding the presence of another equally comprehensive one, Yony Leyser’s William S Burroughs: A Man Within (2010). Ed Koziarski, in 2oo9, in the Chicago Reader, explains the reasons for the second film – “(James) Grauerholz [Burroughs’ friend, confident and literary executor] had been unhappy with (the) previous which he’d also played an active role” – Koziarski quotes James – “I was surprised to see how my role in William’s life had been handled in the final editing process..Basically, the BBC editors took a dislike to … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up 69

Advance copies of Ellen Pearlman‘s Nothing and Everything have just arrived – her definitive history of “The Influence of Buddhism on the American Avant-Garde 1942-1962”. A revealing sample chapter can be read here. She quotes Allen (“Gelek Rinpoche told me you people, Burroughs, you, Kerouac, will all go to heaven for introducing the dharma to this country.”)
and Gary Snyder (“I think American Buddhism is in great debt to the Beat Generation”).
Indeed it is.
The key figure, or certainly one of the key figures, is, undoubtedly, the legendary scholar, D.T. (Daisetsu Teitaro) Suzuki. As … Read More

Anselm Hollo

[Jane Dalrymple-Hollo and Anselm Hollo, Penny Lane Cafe, Boulder, Colorado, July 1991 photograph by Allen Ginsberg (c. Allen Ginsberg Estate)]

Finnish-born US-resident, international treasure, poet and translator, Anselm Hollo turns 78 today. One of Allen’s earliest and most accomplished translators, his rendition of “America” (“Amerikka”) was published in the Finnish journal Parnasso in 1959 (the same journal published, two years later, his pioneering translations of “Howl” (“Huuto”), and “Kuolema Van Gohjin Korvalle!” (“Death To Van Gogh’s Ear!”)).

Censorship concerns were expressed, however, by Allen to his Finnish publishers (Arno Hormia and Pentii Kapari) in this April 1963 letter (from India), … Read More

Mind, Mouth and Page – 1 (Williams)

[William Carlos Williams in Rutherford, New Jersey, 1955 via jacket2]

AG: The reason I was going to begin with (William Carlos) Williams was that Williams was the one person who made the great breakthrough to his own self, his own house, his own kitchen, his own wife, his own ice-box, his own street, his own maple and poplar trees, his neighborhood characters, his own hospital, his own patients, as subjects, as fit subjects, for an American poetics. Fro that point of view. That’s why I would start with Williams as the basic ground, or place, in poetics, and then … Read More