Happy Birthday Gary Snyder

[Gary Snyder, Prototype of Kerouac’s “Dharma Bums” (1957) fictional hero leading the way sauntering by Alpine stream in Northern Cascades, Washington State’s Glacier Peak Wilderness area, we went on light-day backpack to climb Glacier Peak tops, ice ax & crampons; Snyder was back from near-decade in Kyoto studying and practicing Zazen. My first mountain walk, August 1965. (Ginsberg caption) photo snapped by Martene Algiers, c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]
[Gary Snyder in his backyard hut, Berkeley, I’d met him that month referred by Kenneth Rexroth – he was studying Chinese, preparing for residence in Kyoto Zen monastery a year later, rode
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Mind, Mouth and Page (continues) – 10

[William Carlos Williams in Rutherford, New Jersey, 1928 – photo via Beinecke Library]
AG: (That) Pound poem I’ll have to find. (It’s) called “In Durance” – 1907, so probably prior to Williams, Williams probably imitating it. Very American in his statement, but, at the same time, written in an archaic style – “In Durance” – [Allen proceeds to read Ezra Pound’s poem “In Durance” in its entirety] – “I am homesick after mine own kind./ Oh I know that there are folk about me, friendly faces,/ But I am homesick after mine own kind..”..”Beyond, beyond, beyond, there lies..” – … Read More

Vintage (1964) Report on The Beat Generation

BoldWe’ve actually spotlighted this before (in the context of Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s birthday – there’s a young Ferlinghetti here – but there’s also rarely-seen Kerouac – and more). The date is 1964, the source, Radio-Canada. En Francais (but, even those without French should get something, in fact, quite a good deal, from it). Filmed predominantly in San Francisco, the clarity and straightforwardness of Ferlinghetti and Kerouac as spokespersons cuts through the more superficial sociological documentarian overlay. Not to suggest that black-and-white footage of ‘Sixties hipsters isn’t interesting in and of itself !

“Pauvre mais joyeux” (poor but happy) is how Kerouac … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up 72

Allen Ginsberg’s family – Hannah (Honey) Litzky, aunt; Leo Litzky, uncle; Abe Ginsberg, uncle; Anna Ginsberg, aunt; Louis Ginsberg, father; Eugene Brooks, brother; Allen Ginsberg, poet; Anne Brooks, niece; Peter Brooks, nephew; Connie Brooks, sister-in-law; Lyle Brooks, nephew; Eugene Brooks; Neal Brooks, nephew; Edith Brooks, stepmother, Louis Ginsberg, Paterson, New Jersey, May 3 1970, 1993 – Gelatin silber print 96 x 240 inches (243.8 x 609.6 cm) – edition of 3 – (c) The Richard Avedon Foundation
Richard Avedon’s Murals and Portraits show opens today at the Gagosian Gallery in New York. The image above is one of the murals. … Read More

Karel Appel (1921-1996)


[Karel Appel
and Allen Ginsberg in front of their collaborative announcement of the upcoming Jack Kerouac Conference at Naropa Institute, Boulder, Colorado, taking place later that summer – May 1982 – photo c. the Allen Ginsberg Trust]
Six years on since his passing, renowned Dutch painter, Karel Appel (1921-1996) is the feature today on the Allen Ginsberg Project. In his essay-memoir, Playing with Appel, Allen remembers their joyful collaboration – “The day before May Day, Naropa arts faculty’s philosophe-historian Jose Arquelles and staff set up a big room of Masonite and art boards and acrylic in the … Read More

Mind, Mouth and Page – 9 (Permission)

[Robert Duncan, 1919-1988 – (“Often I Am Permitted to Return to a Meadow/ as if it were a scene made up by the mind, / that is not mine, but is a made place,/that is mine, it is so near to the heart..” – from The Opening of the Field (1960).]
Allen’s lecture on William Carlos Williams that we’ve been serializing here these past two weeks continues.

AG: As you can hear, there’s a similarity between what he (William Carlos Williams) was practicing and the juvenile practice that I was doing, but what I was … Read More

Bob Rosenthal’s Allen


[Gregory Corso, Rochelle Kraut-Rosenthal, Peter Orlovsky (holding infant Aliah Rosenthal) – and Bob Rosenthal – New Mexico, Summer 1980. Bob became Allen’s secretary in 1977, and continued in that post until Allen’s death in 1997. c. The Allen Ginsberg Estate]
Bob Rosenthal‘s unique, remarkable, and candid recollections of two decades working as secretary for Allen, Allen’s “right-hand man” (working out of his home/office at 437 East 12th Street), have recently (just this past week, in fact), been serialized on the New York Times blog – The Local East Village – and are, quite frankly, essential reading.
Bob’s … Read More

Allen on May Day

May First. Three classic postings revisited. First, our posting from last year. Allen triumphantly performs his own special version of the Fifth Internationale.

Followed by King of May, “Kral Majales” – Allen was famously voted May King in 1965 at the height of the short-lived historic Prague Spring. Here he is, on his return to the Czech Republic, almost thirty years later (and renditions both in Czech and in English of his famous poem)
And, finally, OWS, our past October’s “Allen’s Revolutionary Musings” posting (including a link to his illuminating mid’90’s Drunken Boat Interview)
Allen on Mayday. … Read More