Spontaneous Poetics (Ballads) – Introduction (Mary Hamilton)

June 9 1976 at Naropa Institute. Allen’s Naropa classes continue. We begin today with serialization of the transcripts of “Spontaneous Poetics” (Ballads). Allen begins the class by introducing his poetry guests.
AG: (Robert Duncan) is from San Francisco  and one of the founders of the whole San Francisco poetry scene and inheritor of the tradition of Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams. He was a friend and correspondent of Pound, helper of Charles Olson, one of the people who taught at Black Mountain College. He’s 56 years old, real distinguished-looking and very elegant. He’ll wear a velvet … Read More

Jack Kerouac – The Dharma Bums

Jack Kerouac last weekend. Here’s a little bit more. Allen, reading from the opening of Jack’s classic 1958 novel, The Dharma Bums, the popular success that followed On The Road, the book that sparked the “rucksack revolution” (“I see a vision of a great rucksack revolution thousands or even millions of Americans wandering around with rucksacks, going up mountains to pray, making children laugh and old men glad, making young girls happy and old girls happier, all of ’em Zen lunatics who go about writing poems that happen to appear in their heads for no reason and also … Read More

Friday Weekly Round-Up – 100

[Allen Ginsberg & Steven Taylor, Passaic Falls, Paterson, New Jersey, May 1978. photo: c.Terry Sanders]

One hundred “Friday Round-Ups”!  We thought we’d celebrate today with a re-posting of some (a few) selected (random) highlights from the past two years. 

Our Friday Round-Up feature began on November 12, 2010, with a picture of Allen and his guitarist-accompanist, Steven Taylor, in Paterson, New Jersey, at the Passaic Falls (see above), an Arabic translation of Allen’s poem “Song” (“the weight of the world/ is love”), and this little bit of “Howl” minutae:(from New Yorker, Stefan Jones) – “who sank all night in submarine light … Read More

Nanao & Allen – 1982 KNGU Radio Interview – Part 2

[Nanao Sakaki Reading at Yoyogi Park, Shibuya, Tokyo, Earth Day 2006 – Photograph used by permission – Copyright John Suiter. All Rights Reserved]

NS: Okay. Another poem. Future knows. Future knows – “Thus I heard/ Oakland California – /To teacher’s question an eleven-year-old girl answered, “The ocean is/ A huge swimming-pool with cement walls.”/ On a starry summer night/ At a camping ground in Japan/ a nine-year-old boy from Tokyo complained/ “Ugly, too many stars!”/ At a department store in Kyoto/ One of my friends bought a beetle/ For his son, seven-years-old. A few hours later/ The boy brought his … Read More

Nanao & Allen 1982 – KNGU Radio Interview – Part 1

[Nanao Sakaki (1923-2008]

[Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)] How To Live On The Planet Earth – The Collected Poems of  Nanao Sakaki finally appears in print (from Blackberry Books – ordering details here.) In honor of the occasion, a two-part transcription of a radio interview that Nanao and Allen participated in, in 1982, with David Barsamian, on KNGU radio, Boulder,Colorado, follows here. For more on Nanao on The Allen Ginsberg Project see here.   

DB: We’re very pleased to have in our studios right now a very prominent poet from Japan, Nanao Sakaki, and our very own Allen Ginsberg. Allen, you … Read More

Nanao Sakaki – How To Live On The Planet Earth

 So we’re delighted to announce the publication of Nanao Sakaki‘s Collected Poems from Gary Lawless and Beth Leonard’s estimable Blackberry Books ((Blackberry Books, 617 East Neck, Nobleboro, Maine 04555. USA) – How To Live On The Planet Earth. An essential book.

See our last year’s posting on Nanao here.

Here’s a brief glimpse of footage of Nanao and Allen

– and here’s Nanao in Venice in 2001 (including Italian translation – and song!)

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Ginsberg Recordings – A New Website



Hot news! – Just wanted to let y’all know that our official Ginsberg Recordings website is now finally up-and-running!  It’s the sister-site to allenginsberg.org, both of them run by the Allen Ginsberg Estate.  Pop on over and take a look. We’re planning to keep it active with loads of free audio content, as well as a store where you’re able to buy the official releases, so, get ready for all manner of delights, spread the word and, please, check back often!

—woken dizzy from nicotine sleep—papers piled on my deskmyself lost in manila files of yellow faded … Read More

Jack Kerouac – American Haiku

[Al Cohn, Jack Kerouac and Zoot Simms, during the 1959 Hanover “Blues and Haikus” recording sessions]

The recent publication, a couple of months ago, by Library of America, of Jack Kerouac’s extraordinary Collected Poems (tho’, as Paul Maher has pointed out, not the Complete Poems) is indeed cause for jubilation. Kerouac, the poet (perhaps less known and less appreciated than Kerouac, the novelist – tho’ Mexico City Blues has always had its aficionados), includes, of course, Kerouac, the (jazz) musician, and Kerouac, purveyor of particularly American version of classic Japanese haiku. “Blues and Haikus’ (with saxophonists Al Cohn and … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 99

[Robert Frank at his Bleecker Street apartment, NYC  June 1968. Photo c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]
[Robert Frank, New Smyrna Beach Florida,we taught together, Atlantic Center for Arts with jazz drummer Elvin Jones three weeks, I used Robert’s Polaroid, he’d brought plastic container to wash the negative, water warmed on rented auto back seat floor parked in sun, negative ruined peeling, got one print, made copy negative — this is it, Frank in U.S.A. June 1984. (Ginsberg caption) photo c Allen Ginsberg Estate]



Robert Frank‘s 88th birthday today!  Happy Birthday, Robert – “You got eyes”!

Another octogenarian birthday … Read More