The Collected Poems of Lew Welch

Ring of Bone, by Lew Welch Photo: City Lights / SF
We mentioned it on Friday but we thought it important enough to mention again (and to give it its own post) – Ring of Bone – The Collected Poems of Lew Welch, (an expanded edition of the old Grey Fox Press book) was published last month by City Lights (with an introduction by Gary Snyder – that introduction may be read in its entirety here). This new edition includes “photos, a biographic time-line and a statement of poetics gleaned from Welch’s own writings”.
As we noted on Friday, a gathering for the book took place recently at … Read More

Lenore Kandel (1932-2009)

Lenore Kandel ( 1932-2009)
We’ve been meaning to feature this and come to it a few months late, perhaps (it was published in the Spring by North Atlantic Books, and launched with a memorable reading at the Beat Museum this past May (highlights from that – Brenda Knight, ruth weiss, Gerald Nicosia… – here, here and here).
First, a tip of the hat to Don Wentworth and his comprehensive review/overview on Issa’s Untidy Hut.
Here’s Lenore, reading from the opening section of the book – her ground-breaking spiritual-erotic celebration from 1966, “The Read More

Trent Harris’ Allen Ginsberg Interview

So here’s a lost little You Tube gem (it’s been up since December of 2010 apparently!). The message here is, please, spell-Allen’s-name-right! – it’s Allen Ginsberg! (and Ginsberg not Ginsburg!) – That necessary kvetch out of the way, it has to be said, this is a curiously charming, and delightfully intimate, piece. Trent Harris manages to coax out of Allen an extraordinary honesty and candor (and the clips of him reading are pretty great too).
In 1979 Trent Harris, as he declares, “was lucky enough to spend three days my favorite free radical…We talked about beatniks, politics, and love.”
Here … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 84

[Nina Kosoff (Ginsberg Recordings) and Peter Hale (Allen Ginsberg Estate), at the Gagosian Gallery in New York, on the occasion of the official launch of Ginsberg Recordings, July 17, 2012. Photo: Michelle Peralta]

The Esther Creative Group and the Allen Ginsberg Estate recently celebrated the launch of the newly-established label, Ginsberg Recordings, with a stellar evening at New York’s Gagosian Gallery, featuring speeches/contributions/recollections from Bob Rosenthal, David Amram, Hettie Jones and Hal Willner. Jameson Fitzpatrick gives it a detailed write-up (including a fine portfolio of photographs) on the Lambda Literary blog, here.
The recent Lew Read More

Mind, Mouth and Page – 32

[William Carlos Williams – (1883-1963) – photograph courtesy the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library]
Student: You know in the introduction to Visions of Cody you talk about the karmic situation..
AG: Yeah
Student: Do you.. (and wondering about bad karma) what do you think.. what went wrong back in the ‘4o’s..?
AG: Well, it didn’t just start in the ’40’s. What I was talking about was somebody lands and deceives the Red Men, and steals the land, to begin with, so it never did belong to us – so that’s why they were always looking for English manners
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Mind, Mouth and Page – 31

[William Carlos Williams – (1883-1963) – photograph courtesy the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library]
Ginsberg on Williams continues
[Allen continues this August 1975 Naropa class by reading Williams’ “The Right of Way”] – “In passing with my mind/ on nothing in the world/ but the right of way/ I enjoy on the road by/ virtue of the law – / I saw/ an elderly man who/ smiled and looked away”…”Why bother where I went?/ For I went spinning on the/ four wheels of my car..”
Student: Did he crash?
AG: Pardon me?
Student: Did he crash?
AG: I … Read More

Mind, Mouth, and Page – 30 (WCW on EP, EP on WCW)

[William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) – photograph courtesy the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library]
AG: Read the thing. (Read Williams). (It’s) a review (in his Selected Essays) of (Ezra) Pound. He’s not yes/no. I mean, it’s not a black-and-white deal. He’s saying Pound is trying to make use of what can be made use of – the excellence of the classics – “It is in this case a master meter that wishes to come out of the classic(s), but at the same time to be bent to and incorporate the rhythms of modern speech…It succeeds and … Read More

Mind, Mouth and Page continues – 29

[Alfred Stieglitz (1964-1936) – photographed by Edward Steichen at the “291” Gallery, 1915]
Ginsberg on Williams continues
Let’s see, page 289. Incidentally, I was talking about the American background. There’s a long thing on (Alfred) Stieglitz (who I was talking about) – “The American Background – America and Alfred Stieglitz” – a long essay. If you want to check out what the common thinking was of all those people hanging around together, that’ll give you the main gist of it.
There are a few other piths in this. [Allen begins reading from Williams’ “Selected Essays”]
“Now we come to … Read More

Chuck Workman – The Source (ASV # 33)

“ASV” in the title here stands for “Annotated Streaming Videos”. Scroll down (as we hope you do) on the far right-hand side of your screen, and you’ll see “Streaming Video”, “Streaming Audio”, “Online Essays, Interviews and Articles”, etc, etc.
Chuck Workman’s, kaleidoscopic, lovingly-made, 1999 documentary, “The Source – The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation”, (the title comes from a throw-away remark by William Burroughs, at the very end of the film) somehow slipped our focus and our annotation, so here, belatedly, it is, (chopped into 7 parts for the purposes of You Tube, but none … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 83

We’ve been tracking for some time now the Ginsberg meme – quotable quotes that don’t actually have an accurate source (but are far too seductive to give up), viral replicators (the internet is, as is well-known, full of them). We have already had to do detective work on “Follow your inner moonlight, don’t hide the madness”. Michael Schumacher helpfully came to our aid with that. We were wondering if this quote, above, worthy tho’ it may be, needs, likewise, a dose of caution or qualification. The occasion for such musings, earlier this week, esteemed historian and Middle East specialist, Juan Read More