An early draft of a segment of Allen’s classic written-under-the-influence-of-LSD poem, Wales Visitation, goes up for auction next month in London at Bonhams auction house, part of the Roy Davids Collection, alongside countless other “poetical manuscripts and portraits of poets” (there’s also, for sale, a rare shot of the poet taken with veteran English poet, Basil Bunting – the sale price for that is between £350 and £400). The manuscript is expected to fetch something between £800 and £1,000 (between (approximately) $1200 and $1500).
Hannah Gamble over on the Poetry Foundation’s Harriet site has been doing some useful compiling in anticipation of the forthcoming Collected Poems by Philip Lamantia (yes, that long-awaited collection will be coming out from the University of California this summer) – including a trenchant note from Allen, from 1963 in Poetry magazine (see the direct link). Our postings on Lamantia can be usefully read here and here.
We wrote here last week of Ronald Collins (and David Skover’s) new book, Mania. Footage of last week’s Strand Bookstore event celebrating the book (consisting of Collins reading from the opening pages and then sitting down with Kerouac scholar and New York Times journalist, John Leland to discuss Beat culture and its profound First Amendment impact, followed by a brief Q-and-A with the audience) may be found here. Collins is also interviewed by Gene Policinski here.
Moran Haynal’s Haggadah – at the Janusz Korczak Academy in Munich, Germany. Another (perhaps?) unlikely Ginsberg sighting?