Marcel Proust – Teahead of Time


Marcel Proust was born on this day.
“Like Proust”, Jack Kerouac, famously advised (in his “Belief and Technique for Modern Prose”, published in the Evergreen Review in 1959), “be an old teahead of time”
Here’s the rest of his timeless advice
1. Scribbled secret notebooks, and wild typewritten pages, for yr own joy
2. Submissive to everything, open, listening
3. Try never get drunk outside yr own house
4. Be in love with yr life
5. Something that you feel will find its own form
6. Be crazy dumbsaint of the mind
7. Blow as deep as you … Read More

Ah Roma! – Corso & Kuipers

Ah Roma! – Gregory Corso.Lyrics by Gregory Corso. Music by Francis Kuipers. Published by Red Records, Milan, Italy, 1988 (from the album, “Poesia e Musica – Gregory Corso and Francis Kuipers”))
From an interview with Michalis Limnios in Blues and Greece
(for the fascinating full interview see here)

ML: Tell me a few things about the story of “Poesia e Musica – Gregory Corso and Francis Kuipers”, how that came about?

FK: I discovered the poem ‘Oh Roma’, the first track on the LP, scrawled in chalk, in Gregory’s unmistakable and florid hand-writing, across … Read More

Beck and Shelley


In keeping with our disjunctive don’t-forget-the-anniversary posts.. (see, for example, here) – Beck’s (42nd) birthday and the (190th) anniversary of Shelley‘s tragic, drowning-in-a-shipwreck, death-day today, (Sunday, July the 8th).

The late Allen Ginsberg and Beck In Conversation – A Beat/Slacker Transgenerational Meeting of Minds first appeared in the Shambhala Sun in January of 1997 and is well-worth re-posting.
And for the legendary story of Shelley’s demise, check out noted biographer Richard Holmes’ piece in The Guardian here.
(It’s also Percy Grainger’s birthday – watch some wild virtuoso piano-playing here)
(and – goodness! how could we … Read More

Greenwich Village/Beat Generation

Greenwich Village – Sunday in the Village “Tales of Beatnik Glory” (to borrow Ed Sanders‘ felicitous phrase). Take a time-capsule and journey back to a very very different New York City and a very different Village! (over 50 years ago!) – Ted Joans, spotlighted earlier this week, is featured reading poetry in a coffee-shop (he appears about eleven minutes in) – “and dig everything, as poet Allen Ginsberg said” – The skittish but calming soporific recorder-music of Charles Mills and his trio and the narration by Jean Shepherd should send you suitably to “another time and place”. … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up 81

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.
& here and here are two versions of Allen’s wonderful Kenneth Koch hommage poem, “Homework”.
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
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Remembering Ted Joans (1928-2003)


[Diane di Prima and Ted Joans at The Poetry Project, St Mark Church, NYC, 1994 – photo c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]
Ted Joans, born on July 4th 1928, died in Vancouver in 2003.
“If you should see a man walking down a crowded street talking aloud to himself don’t run in the opposite direction but run towards him for he is a poet you have nothing to fear from the poet but the truth”
Here’s vintage footage of Joans reading in Amsterdam, (introduced by the legendary Dutch poet Simon Vinkenoog)
and here is Joans, many years later, … Read More

Mind, Mouth and Page – 26 (Pound & Translation)

Student: You once said something about (Jack) Kerouac, that he was trying to write like a person spoke, not a person who went to Columbia (University) but just a person..

AG: Yeah
Student: But he did go to Columbia!
AG: For one year. He never got really infected by it. He wrote like a person who went to Columbia for one year, and really studied Shakespeare. But also he was interested in American“Okie” speech, and black speech, and Canuck speech. Remember Kerouac’s American was Canuck talk, which is a very distinct sound and rhythm. If you hear French-Canadian … Read More

Mind, Mouth and Page – 25 (Pound’s Cantos)

AG: (So) where were we? Where were we?

Student: The Greeks, The Greeks.
AG: The Greeks, The Greeks.
Student: But I want to know (more about Ezra Pound).. see, what Dante did, and what the Provencal people did.. I mean, Dante didn’t say.. well, I mean, just as you changed the time-sense around a little bit, you know, say, you took a look at the Provencal (poems).. He didn’t go right in(to) Provencal.. because..they had done a transition (didn’t you say? He wrote in Latin…
AG: Right,
Student; And what Pound didn’t seem to do, from my very very … Read More