Ten years ago today, the “New York School” poet Kenneth Koch died. We’ll direct you to our post on him, and on the delightful collaboration(s) between him and Allen, here.
Lew Welch celebrations at San Francisco Public Library next week (Thursday). Ring of Bone is re-released in an expanded edition by City Lights. Gary Snyder, Joanne Kyger, print-maker Tom Killion, and “surprise guests” will be reading from it – “a tribute to Lew, an introduction to his work, and a celebration of our poetic community over the years”.
Speaking of City Lights, Shig Murao, inexcusably passed over in the Rob Epstein-Jeffrey Friedman Howl film, is properly celebrated by his friend and biographer, Richard Reynolds, on a special web-site (as we have previously noted, here) – Michalis Limnios continues his extraordinary series of interviews with an in-depth interview with Reynolds. That can be found on his exemplary Blues & Gr(eece) site here.
A Beat Generation tarot-deck? Hmm, an interesting consideration. See if you agree with the choices made by “Practical Visionary Magic” here.
Mick Jagger and Allen Ginsberg sleeping together? – er.. we don’t think so! – not that Allen wouldn’t have loved for it to happen! – but we think allegations made in the new (Christopher Anderson) biography are hooey (pure wish-fulfillment/lazy journalism).