Poe In Dust (Halloween)


From a new year’s, 1977 visit to Baltimore, Maryland. Allen’s ruminations on Poe, fittingly published today, on Halloween.  POE IN DUST Bones groan maliciously under Baltimore sidewalk Poe hides his hideous skeleton under churchyard. Equinoctial worms peep thru his mummy ear The slug rides his skull, black hair twisted in roots of threadbare grass Blind mole at heart, caterpillars shudder in his ribcage, Intestines wound with garter-snakes midst dry dust, snake eye & gut sifting thru his pelvis Slimed moss green on his phosphor’d toenails, sole toeing black tombstone – O prophet Poe well writ! your catacomb cranium chambered … Read More

Ezra Pound’s Birthday

Above, courtesy the singular trove at Yale’s Beinecke Library, a five-dollar cheque written by Ezra Pound to Louis Zukofsky. Today is Ezra Pound’s birthday. Our extensive (and popular) 2011 Pound Birthday posting can be accessed here (our last year’s, 2012, update can be found here) – “To have gathered from the air a live tradition/or from a fine old eye the unconquered flame/This is not vanity” – “What thou lov’st well, shall not be reft from thee” 

[Lawrence Ferlinghetti on Ezra Pound at Spoleto]… Read More

Made Up in Texas – 2 – (The Garland Symphony Orchestra)

A second cut from Michael Minzer‘s debut recording on Paris Records, Made Up In Texas. Allen with The Garland Symphony Orchestra, scored and conducted by Steven Taylor, recorded in the Fall of 1985 in Dallas, Texas. “(This) was Allen’s test, Minzer has been quoted as saying, “I think he decided that he was going to test me..to see if I was legitimate enough, or had the resources enough to do this thing. I get a phone-call from the music arranger, Steven Taylor. He tells me Allen has agreed to record. Okay..But on one condition. We need … Read More

Made Up in Texas – 1



Here’s yet another version of Allen’s delightful bitter-sweet Airplane Blues (see our earlier posting about that particular composition here). This one, with Bugs Henderson and Friends, recorded in Dallas, Texas in the Fall of 1985, is one of two cuts by Allen featured on the extraordinary (and extraordinarily hard-to-find!) compilation album, Made Up In Texas, the very first release on Michael Minzer‘s remarkable and visionary Paris Records.  For a later Paris Records project posting (Minzer now in collaboration with producer Hal Willner) see here    For more on Paris Records see here

Tomorrow, the … Read More

Lou Reed (1942-2013)


[Lou Reed 1942-2013]

The news just reaches us that Lou Reed (only recently featured on these pages), has died, aged 71, from, what the AP wire service is reporting as, “a liver-related ailment” (Reed underwent a liver transplant in May at the Cleveland Clinic . “I am a triumph of modern medicine, physics and chemistry”, he confidently boasted on his web-site, following surgery, on June the 1st. “I look forward to being on stage, performing, and writing more songs to connect with your hearts and your spirits and the universe well into the future.” But, as the … Read More

Is There A Beat Generation? (Brandeis/NYC 1958)

Jack Kerouac, Lucien Carr and Allen Ginsberg

Jack Kerouac, Lucien Carr, Allen Ginsberg]

Our thanks to the wonderful Open Culture for alerting us/reminding us of this one, the legendary 1958 discussion at the Brandeis University Club in New York City on the subject  “Is There a Beat Generation?“. Joseph Kauffman, Dean of Students at Brandeis University serves as a moderator to a panel consisting of authors, Jack Kerouac and Kingsley Amis, New York Post editor, James Wechsler, and anthropologist, Dr Ashley Montagu. Kerouac’s heart-felt, erratic, passionate drunken talk is, quite simply, priceless. (“The question [Is There a Beat Generation?] is very silly … Read More

Gelek Rinpoche’s Birthday

Happy (74th) Birthday Gelek Rinpoche! Tibetan Lama, Allen’s friend & guru, founder of Jewel Heart, currently centered in Ann Arbor Michigan.  For an illuminating introduction, here’s  the trailer for Nikki Appino’s new documentary American Rimpoche,  peppered with photos by Allen, and music by Philip Glass.

Trailer for The American Rimpoche from Nikki Appino on Vimeo.… Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 149

[Allen Ginsberg, Eastside Highshool Paterson NJ 1942 or 43. Ginsberg family photo/c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]

[Allen Ginsberg, Mexico, 1954. c Allen Ginsberg Estate]

Jordan Larson in The Atlantic last week on that Beats-on-the-silver-screen phenomenon – “What Hollywood Gets Wrong About Jack Kerouac and The Beat Generation”. Nice to see critical eyes returning to Walter Salles’ labor of love “On The Road” – and Michael Polish’s equally reverential “Big Sur” (not to mention Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s “Howl”, with James Franco’s unforgettable performance). Larson’s primary thesis – “The current Beat revival arguably goes too far with … Read More

1984 Pat Thomas Interview

Pat Thomas‘ interview with Allen, published in 1984, in a little magazine he edited himself called “the Notebook”, out of Rochester, New York, deserves an unearthing and a dissemination. Rock n roll Allen. The piece was headed “Allen Ginsberg Speaks on The Clash, King Crimson, Kerouac, The Grateful Dead”.

We’ll draw your attention also to three early posts on The Allen Ginsberg Project – “Allen Ginsberg Was A Punk Rocker” (parts 1 and 2) here and here, and “More Punk Notes (Hardcore)” – Not forgetting, Simon Warner’s magisterial over-view, (500 plus pages!) “Text and Drugs and Rock ‘N’ Read More


 [Allen Ginsberg photographs Bono at the Cuirt International Festival of Literature in Galway in 1995 – Photograph by Joe O’Shaughnessy, copyright Joe O’Shaugnessy]  

 from the Vox Interview, (conducted at Slane Castle, Dublin)  July 8 1984:  Bono: I just bought Woody Guthrie‘s Bound For Glory. I’m just a beginner when it comes to America. I mean, it’s changed me. When you go to the US coming from this country, it’s more than a different continent…Van Morrison: It’s shell-shock. Bono: Yeah, coming from troubled Ireland, it’s the real shell-shock! I’m just getting acquainted with American … Read More