The Selected Prose of Bobbie-Louise Hawkins

Another book we’ve been “meaning to get to” and are more than happy to announce – Barbara Henning‘s edition of The Selected Prose of Bobbie-Louise Hawkins (there’s also another title, a reprint of some early poems), bringing Bobbie-Louise Hawkins’ talkative distinctive work, happily, back into the world (It had long been a shame that the archly-named “Almost Everything“, not to mention other titles, had become woefully out-of-print – The Selected Prose, at 400-plus pages, reprints a generous amount from that book, plus a section of more recent work, plus a portfolio of photographs, plus an illuminating interview with … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 86

[Mary Help of Christians R.C. Church facade with cornice pigeons across East 12th Street from 4th floor no elevator living room window, my apartment with Orlovsky a decade by then, rent controlled, we’re still there. This was September 29, 1985. photo c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]

“It was when she recollected meeting Allen Ginsberg for the first time that I understood something, something that perhaps even Alicia is not aware. Allen, she said, was more than a poet, more than a mortal, he drew people to him, he had the gift of attraction, and people couldn’t, nor would they have wanted … Read More

Holy Soul Jelly Roll in September

Ginsberg Recordings‘ first release will be “Holy Soul Jelly Roll”, set to hit the airways in September. It will be followed by “Wichita Vortex Sutra” in October, and then a re-issued version of “First Blues” with a vinyl sampler in December to round out the calender year.”

– Sarah Langs spills the beans on the hot news over at Ginsberg Recordings in an article yesterday for the (New York) Daily News blog… “10 releases of Ginsberg’s recordings over the next couple of years”…”some short interview and lecture selections may be re-released..”…
Peter Hale, of the Ginsberg … Read More

Mind, Mouth and Page – 35

[Henri Rousseau (1844-1910), Tropical Forest with Monkeys, 1910, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, John Hay Whitney Collection]
AG: Here’s (another) funny little photograph-poem (from William Carlos Williams) called “Poem” (So, obviously, it’s something he noticed and wrote down, just to notice and write down, and realized later that it was a poem, so called it a poem) – “As the cat/climbed over/the top of /the jamcloset/first the right/forefoot/ carefully/ then the hind/ stepped down carefully/ then the hind/ stepped down/ into the pit of/ the empty/flowerpot” – Such perfect observation, and it’s in little triplet lines … Read More

Mind, Mouth and Page – 34 (“Young Sycamore”)

AG: Now the great poem on the tree. Remember, I kept saying, in order to describe one tree of all the trees on earth, to separate out that one tree that you want to describe, if you’re trying to write a song lyric, and you’re want to put something real sharp in that people will remember, or a poem, in order to get a visual image that people will remember, you have to have reliance on the specific detail that differs it from all other objects of its class, and his (William Carlos Williams’) most interesting tree, I … Read More

Mind, Mouth and Page – 33

AG: What time is it now? Does anybody know?
Peter Orlovsky: Nine after six. Nine after six.
AG: Okay, I think I’ll begin, and everybody that comes in, will come in.
Where we left off, there was that long poem of Williams that was a political statement and a sudden angry testament, which was prophetic of later police-state tendencies in America. It was the early Sacco-Vanzetti case.. If you don’t know what the Sacco-Vanzetti case is, there were these two Italian fish-peddlars from Boston, who were set up on a fake bombing charge, and executed. So it was, … Read More

Diane di Prima’s Birthday

[Diane di Prima – photo by Bob Wilson via Issa’s Untidy Hut]

The great Diane di Prima turns 78 today. Happy Birthday, Diane! – For links to many of her poems and books and talks and readings, we’d direct you to our last year’s Di Prima birthday posting here. What a difficult year it’s been! What a catastrophic year, in fact (Amber Tamblyn and Michael McClure‘s extraordinarily compassionate, committed, loving energies have netted some desperately-needed funds, (some $23,358 from a “Give Forward” fundraiser (see here) that ended on July 16 – the community really “chipped in”), … Read More

Junkie – Read By Burroughs

Never having enough time to sing of the extraordinary resources of – the marvel that is – UbuWeb, we spotlight this weekend just one of their (countless) treasures – William S Burroughs, reading the whole of his 1953 seminal novel, Junkie (or Junky – we’ll come to that spelling and subtleties and distinctions in a minute). This “audio book” recording was the one released by Penguin in 2000, consisting of 3 CD’s, a total of over 3 hours playing-time. As they (UbuWeb) say on their site – “(It is) a worthy piece of literature to invest the time into … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up 85

[Untitled #3, 1998 – Allen Ginsberg – lithograph & screen print via Gemini G.E.L]
Wrathful deities – Moloch Don Mudra’s suitably Germanic setting of that celebrated section of “Howl” kicks off our regular “Friday Round -Up” this week. Auf Deutsch and with pile-driving relentless back-beat, it may be listened to here. Also on his site is a recording (sans beats, but with the requisite backing of Allen’s rhythmic Aboriginal songsticks) of “Put Down Yr Cigarette Rag”, a.k.a, “Don’t Smoke”, morphing nicely into Kurt Schwitters‘ classic avant-garde (Dada–ist) composition, (the) “Ursonate”, (not to … Read More

Allen 1978 in Stony Brook (Poetry and Music)

Announcing a wonderful treasure. Allen, from 1978, in a seminar at SUNY Stony Brook, discussing poetry and music, William Blake and Bob Dylan, and explaining, in detail, his practice and intention in his Blake settings. He performs, in the course of this seminar, Blake’s “The Tyger” and “The Lamb” (as well as his own “The Rune”), accompanied by a young Arthur Russell, standing quietly in the background, on cello. The quality of the video is crude (it was 1978 after all!) and the sound cuts out about one-and-three-quarter-minutes in (in the rendition of “Tyger, Tyger..”), only to … Read More