Master poet, Robert Creeley would have been 86 years old today. The above clip (from a 2005 reading in New York at the Cue Gallery) gives some brief sampling of his poignant lyric beauty (video of the entire reading can be accessed here). The gathering of Creeley materials at PennSound really is state-of-the-art (but we should also draw your attention to our own set of Creeley links here).
Beniamino Placido in Italian (non-Italian speakers be forewarned) – a t.v. presentation from 1980 (from RAI, from Italian television). The first nine minutes sociological background may seem odd, dry – the benign scholarly Placido? (Norman Rockwell? Harry Truman? “God, Mom and Apple Pie”? (he inscribes this, somewhat surreally, on a blackboard that emerges, at the opportune moment, at his side) – but wait! – from approximately nine minutes in, it livens up.
(In that case, guess we also have to also mention, the “Howl” t-shirt, “Howl” baseball cap, and “Howl” “Onesie” (sic!) from here, and Ginsberg merchandise from here and here, (“limited availability”, like they say) – and we still really can’t bring ourselves to countenance this site!).
The second episode of Marc Olmsted’s memoirs/memories of Allen has just … Read More
Cannes Film Festival starts today..and Walter Salles’ eagerly-anticipated On The Road movie gets its premier there, in that prestigious location, this time next week (Wednesday May 21st). For further information and regular updates see here.
[“Richard Avedon, his studio, September 1984. Twenty years earlier he’d taken classic portrait of Peter Orlovsky and me naked, arms around each others’ waists. He invited us back to pose the same, older I brought my camera too”. (Ginsberg caption) c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]
Richard Avedon, classic American portrait photographer, was born on this day, May 15, in 1923 (he died in October of 2004). We take the occasion of the current major select retrospective at the Gagosian Gallery to salute him and salute the Ginsberg-Avedon relationship.
The remarkable Salem State College Jack Kerouac symposium. Part 2. Here’s a transcription of the first ten minutes. Gregory continuing to be mischievous again, Allen insisting, vigorously, on Kerouac’s bodhisattva quality and transcendental genius.
SS: (Steve Salvo, moderator) ..We could do with a little more order. I don’t mean to sound destructive, non-creative or non-spontaneous but I’d like very much for Allen to finish and then I’d like to address a question to Mr Holmes [John Clellon Holmes].
AG:Yeah I did want to .. I had something very definite to put forth.
[Anne Waldman, John Giorno, William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg and John Cage, on the cover of Giorno Poetry Systems 1976 recording, “Totally Corrupt” (this record features Allen reading “Please Master”, from recordings made, April 17 1975, at Columbia University, and Peter Orlovsky reading “Compost Piles”, recorded at the same date]
John Giorno’s visionary Dial-A-Poemproject has been revived, as part of a show currently up at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Ecstatic Alphabets. Ring 1-347-763-8001 (1-347-POET-oo1) if you’re in the U.S. to hear selections. Allen’s contributions are “Why is God Love, Jack?”, “Morning”, “Hare Krishna Mantra”, “Shiva”, “I’m A … Read More