Friday Weekly Round-Up – 109

Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg. The long-awaited Kill Your Darlings opens at the Sundance Film Festival today. More on that in the days ahead. And more too on the adaptation of Kerouac’s Big Sur (also opening in the coming weeks at Sundance).

Still with the movies, Chris Felver‘s documentary, Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder, debuts in select US theaters, February 8th, featuring Ferlinghetti, Allen, Michael McClure, Anne Waldman, Amiri Baraka, Dennis Hopper, Bob Dylan, and a host of others. Here’s the trailer.

(The trailer for Felver’s earlier Ferlinghetti film, incidentally, can be seen here.)… Read More

For Homer – (Gregory Corso)

Twelve years to the day since Gregory Corso passed away. We celebrate his autochthnic spirit!

This footage (above) of Corso, reciting his poem “For Homer”, with music by Nicholas Tremulis and featuring footage of Corso, Tremulis, and poet, Ira Cohen, dates from 1993.

and here’s a photo of  Gregory’s grave-site in Rome (buried close to his beloved Shelley)


Spontaneous Poetics (Ballads) – 26

AG: “Come All Ye” – Well, the form of the “Come All Ye” (was what) I was interested in here. Do we have (that) here?

Bruce Martin: The which?

AG: “Come All Ye”

Bruce Martin: Oh yeah. (T)here it is.

AG: Yeah. “Edwin” – “Come all ye wild young people” – I love that. “Come all ye wild young people/ And listen to my song/ I will unfold/ concerning gold/ That guides so many wrong. No, okay. See, I’ve never read that. But I wanted that first stanza which is “Come all ye wild young people/ And listen to … Read More

Spontaneous Poetics (Ballads) – 25

[Jacqui McShee (of Pentangle) sings, unaccompanied, the traditional song “When I Was In My Prime”]

AG: So (Bruce Martin’s) own ballad, “William and the…

BM: Lambeth

AG:  …Lambeth Witches.  So “William and the Lambeth Witches”

BM: One comment on this is (that) the..

AG: (This ballad is by) Bruce Martin

BM: … the old Celtic Goddess was named Diana, and was emphasized by the moon. Witches, with all their love and affection to the world, had a nasty habit of being old and ugly and turning themselves into very young girls and dragging off the nearest guy … Read More

Spontaneous Poetics (Ballads) – 24 (Tam Lin)

AG: Okay, what else do we have (besides) “Thomas the Rhymer”?

Bruce Martin; We have “Tam Lin”.

AG: Okay, “Tam Lin”.

BM: Alright. “Tam Lin:. Has anyone ever heard “Tam Lin”

AG: I never did.

Student: Sure.

BM: Oh, great.

AG: You know it?

BM: It’s a…

AG: Who else? [to student] – Do you know music? Are you a musician?

Student: Fairport‘s, (its a song of Fairport‘s), that’s what it is.

BM: Fairport Convention’s (version is) probably the easiestly accessible (one) is in this country. The Watersons do a version of it on Topic RecordsRead More

San Francisco 1957 Silent Footage

We featured footage from the San Francisco Bay Area Television Archives a couple of weeks ago. Here’s more – silent footage from circa 1957 – San Francisco, City Lights, Lawrence Ferlinghetti – a very particular time and place – courtesy KPIX (Channel 5) news – “Includes scenes of Lawrence Ferlinghetti arranging copies of Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl and Other Poems” in the store window, as their advertised pocket book of the week. Also features brief views of Columbus Avenue and Ferlinghetti smoking a pipe and adding other books to the display outside”. … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 108

Next Wednesday, January 16 in New York – Join Allen Ginsberg’s friends, collaborators, relatives and co-conspirators – Lou Reed, Steven Taylor, Anne Waldman, Ambrose Bye, CA Conrad, Andy Clausen, David Amram, the Arthur Russell tribute band, Arthur’s Landing, & others for “a night of poetry and song” in one of the quintessential downtown New York Spaces, the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, to breathe new life into “First Blues”, Ginsberg Recordings new special edition/limited vinyl reissue.

A tad overly tongue-in-cheek, but ultimately “won over” – (“sharp insight and analysis of one … Read More

Herbert Huncke’s Birthday

[Herbert Huncke reading at Cafe Nico, New York, March 12, 1994 – video by Laki Vazakas]

Herbert Huncke“American hipster” – hustler and saint, poet and story-teller, central source for the Beats, “the man who turned on William Burroughs” –  Today would have been (he made it to his 81st) Huncke’s 98th birthday.

Our 2011 post with comprehensive Huncke links is here.

We’ve featured it before but here again is a link to Francois Bernardi’s film, Original Beats, from 1996 (featuring footage of two quintessential Beat scallywags – Herbert Huncke and Gregory Corso).

and … Read More

Spontaneous Poetics (Ballads) – 23 – (Thomas The Rhymer)

AG: Let’s see what else there is.   Those [yesterday], I think, were the best, the most interesting of all the ballad phrases, fragments. Except, yeah, there was a classic ballad that Bruce Martin did, [Allen to Bruce Martin] So, I could turn the class over to you for a few moments, because.. Bruce is a master balladeer. He had one really good one that he wrote and then he also brought in two ballads that Helen Adam mentioned (and) that I didn’t know. So could you lay those out on the class? And your own? Start with your … Read More

Spontaneous Poetics (Ballads) 22 – (AG & Students)

We pick up again on Allen’s Spontaneous Poetry (Ballad) lectures (see earlier examples  here, here and here) delivered at the Naropa Institute,Boulder, Colorado in July and August of 1976. This particular section dates from a June 16 class. Allen selects various fragments, ”mots justes”, ”cooked diamonds”, “active” lines, drawing on student examples)
AG: I have a stack of poems that people gave me, the ballads and other little poems, that I want to read from – what I got, just little fragments, just the stuff I liked. One method of criticism that I always found useful is just … Read More