See our 2011 posting about Lucien – Holy March 1st (Lucien) – here
Douglas Messerli on the Pip (Project For Innovative Poetry) blog reprints his 1977 Washington Post Book World review of Allen’s Journals (Early ‘Fifties, Early ‘Sixties) including some interesting addenda – recollections of his encounters with Allen – and this – “a poem (dated 7/5/96) for (a) “calender project” that never came into existence” (“Multiple Identity Questionnaire”, subsequently included in the posthumous collection, Death and Fame) – The poem, as Messerli points out, “clearly summarizes his (Allen’s) life”
“American by birth, passport, and residence/ Slavic heritage, mama from Vitebsk, father’s forebears Kamenetz Podolska near Lvov/ I’m an intellectual! Anti-intellectual, anti-academic/ Distinguished Professor of English Brooklyn College…”
Interesting interview-clips up, and worth checking out, over on Paul E Nelson’s blog – notably, Allen on “First Thought, Best Thought” (and the genesis of “First Thought, Best Thought” – “The monk lent down to lace his animal shoes”!)
– also poems and pondering from Michael McClure, Eileen Myles, Anne Waldman..