Cosmic Vibrations in Cezanne

[Gulf of Marseilles Seen from L’Estaque” (c.1885) – Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) – oil on canvas, 28.7 ins. x 39.5 ins., in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York]


Cézanne ‘s Ports
In the foreground we see time and life swept in a race toward the left hand side of the picture where shore meets shore.
But that meeting place isn’t represented; it doesn’t occur on the canvas.
For the other side of the bay is Heaven and Eternity, with a bleak white haze over its mountains.
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Philip Whalen (1923-2002)

[Philip Whalen, Sensei, in his peaceful chair, my apartment living room, East 12th Street New York March 1984. he was visiting East coast to give readings N.Y. and Buffalo, calm poet. ‘What are you reading?’ ‘I’m not reading I’m just turning the pages.’ (Ginsberg caption.) photo c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]

[Allen Ginsberg & Philp Whalen,  in Allen’s East 12th St apartment, New York City 1984. photo c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]

[Philip Whalen, Dr Weber’s office, Boulder, Colorado, August 1, 1985. Photo c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]

A Philip Whalen birthday posting. A gathering of links. (Today is also Rimbaud‘s birthday, … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 96

[Randy Roark and Allen Ginsberg, July 1996, Boulder, Colorado, photograph by Kai Sibley]

We lead off this week with Randy Roark‘s illuminating memoir of studying under Allen, – “A Poet’s Progress – Apprenticing with Allen Ginsberg – The Object Is To See Clearly” –  Humility and wisdom – “You’ve got to learn how to transcribe your own sense impressions”, “You’ve got to learn to be your own secretary”. The piece was originally penned in 1980. He revisits it three decades on.

Poetic Likeness – Modern American Poets, the new show up at the National Portrait Gallery at The … Read More

Trungpa and Allen..and Gregory! – 8 (conclusion)

[Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, Tail of the Tiger (Karmê Chöling), VT  ca 1970]

Gregory Corso [to Chogyam Rinpoche] – I still think the years mean something. I’m your elder.

AG: He was reincarnated, so he goes back thousands of years maybe.

Gregory Corso – But I never died. Top that!

AG: Oh, you never died?

Gregory Corso: Right. I’m saying I didn’t come back, I’m here. I really think your reincarnation sucks! (just like with the Egyptians – they wear beetles, you know, scarabs, it means re-incarnation, you gotta die to come back as something else – but I … Read More

Trungpa and Allen..and Gregory! – 7

[Gregory Corso,  NYC, March 1995. Photo c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]

Student: What you were talking about before.. there was something that really unsettled me, in terms of what I feel poetry is, how it functions in getting to a point of.. well, for one, inspiration, light, expressing that which cannot be spoken, and that which, for me, in my life, in my experience, has given me a lot of learning, a lot of insight, a lot of appreciation, so that the poets that were expressing these things, I never got the feeling that they were doing it for an audience, or doing it for ego, … Read More

Trungpa and Allen..and Gregory! – 6

[Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche  ca 1980]                                                          

Student: (I recognize that you are) concentrating on just spontaneous things (right) now, trying to do mostly spontaneous things, do you really.. do you ever revise at all? or are you totally against that?

AG: I fiddle around with it later, a little, but not much, and I try to avoid it as much as possible. The problem is that in doing spontaneous writings sometimes I lapse, my attention lapses. I get self-conscious, and so rhythm lapses and form, content, concreteness, lapses, I get abstract. So you usually have to get rid of that.
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Trungpa and Allen..and Gregory! – 5

[(bottom) Gregory Corso, NYC May 1986,  (top) Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, Boulder Colorado, April 12, 1985.  Photos by Allen Ginsberg. c Allen Ginsberg Estate]

Student:   Rinpoche, why do you write poetry?

Chogyam Trungpa:  Well, I think just to simply…
Gregory Corso: Because he wants to be like me – famous! – and Allen. He wants to get into the poetry racket, that’s what he wants to do.
Student: Let him answer it.
Chogyam Trungpa: I think I write because some situation is created  to put things down which doesn’t make any sense but usually it’s kind of some
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Kerouac Sunday – More On The Road Reviews

[Tom Sturridge as Allen Ginsberg in Walter Salles’ On The Road]

Kerouac Sunday here on the Allen Ginsberg Project. We’ll begin with Mark Ellen’s personal memoir, in the London Observer last week – “How Kerouac Changed My Life“.

On The Road, Walter Salles’ film adaptation, was officially released in the UK this weekend, and reviews, it has to be said, have not been kind. Nigel Andrews in the Financial Times, under the title “A Vehicle Not Roadworthy” – “The trite scripting and direction are accessorised with dismaying invocations of Culture, lest we mistake Sal and Dean … Read More

Beat Kitsch Miscellanea

So there’s a place we occasionally go on this blog under the rubric of “Beat Kitsch” (see here and here and here) and it’s time for that (indulgence) once again. Let’s start with the absolute lowest on the totem pole – Beany and Cecil,  literally, cartoon Beatniks! (a cartoon of a cartoon!)

tho’ the Beat poet parody in Roger Corman’s 1959 A Bucket of Blood is hardly much closer as a register of versimilitude!  
It is possible, by the way, to view that classic “B” movie in its entirety – here 

More Beat Kitsch anon

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Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 95

The Hungryalists   – who here remembers The Hungryalists? Even we, in our extensive Beats In India post last year neglected to mention them. We do have a permanent link to Tridib and Alo Mitra’s important account – and an updating of it and restatement appeared in the Indian press last week (see the Calcutta Telegraph here.)

Meanwhile in China… at the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Museum (sic) in Beijing, the poet Bei Dao has a photography show, 14 singular works, “Nil Mirror”. “Bei Dao himself admits, his mentor for photography is fellow poet…Allen Ginsberg”. “He suggested to … Read More