AG: ….like in Whitman. This [Fernando Pessoa’s “Poem in a Straight Line”] is parallel to the line that he [Walt Whitman] has, “These are the thoughts of all men in all ages.” And that’s a great declaration of Whitman – “These thoughts are not my own but these are the thoughts of all men in all times in all ages.
And the next poem (of Pessoa’s) begins, “Tobacco Shop” (Tabacaria) – “I am nothing/That’s all I’ll ever be/Nothing with no willpower to be … Read More
The University of Toronto announced today the receipt, thanks to a bequest by the Larry and Cookie Rossy Family Foundation, of 7,686 photographs and 236 silver gelatin prints (including many original snapshots and uniquely-inscribed prints), making them now home to, undoubtedly the world’s largest collection of Allen Ginsberg photographs.
The photographs span the years between 1944 and 1997 and comprise pretty much a complete collection of Allen’s extraordinary picture-taking career.
“This is an exciting and remarkable gift”, declared U of T President Marc Gertler, “(a)..truly fascinating collection”. Others went further, “This fabulous collection provides both scholars and students … Read More
AG: Yes, but in his imagination, Whitmanic… but funnier than Whitman, in a way. It’s a parody of Whitman. It’s taking Whitman up on his word totally and taking it to such a total extreme that Whitman becomes a reductio ad absurdum. And, at the same time, it gives us the same sentimental good wil, charm, humane imagination, tolerance, amusement as Whitman. Just taking Whitman further and becoming a Whitman-freak, a Whitman fanatic, taking … Read More
Allen’s lecture from June 1981 on “Expansive Poetics” continues
AG: (Walt Whitman) – What sort of response did he get? This (Leaves of Grass, first edition) is 1855. What I would like to do now is jump ahead in time. (we might come back to Whitman, but we have (as base) his main statement of self as extendible).
Then there was Fernando Pessoa, who was born in Lisbon on June 13, 1888, and died in 1935, during the great world depression. In Lisbon, he read Walt Whitman, and, around World War … Read More
[William Seward Burroughs Tanger Villa Mouneria, 1961, his garden room, time of intense Cut-up prose experiments, Nova Express tracing controllers of hypertechnologic planetary disaster “along the word lines” of their propaganda imagery back to the image bank.” Probably “a trust of giant insects in another galaxy” manipulating their human hosts to wreck the earth with radioactive crap so another life form could move in and take over the territory – photo c. The Allen Ginsberg Estate]
William Burroughs Centennial, and we at the Allen Ginsberg Project will be spotlighting various Burroughs and Ginsberg-and-Burroughs-related materials in the months to come. … Read More
Thirteen years ago today since Gregory Nunzio Corso passed away. We certainly won’t forget him. Here’s the opening track from the album, “Not In My Back Yard” by the Southern Italian band, Nimby – “Thin Lines Among Them”, dedicated to him, and scored to footage from Matteo Scarfo‘s upcoming movie “Bomb! Burning Fantasy”, a meditation on Gregory’s poetry and life, (which will feature Nick Mancuso in the daunting role of.. Gregory).
[Walt Whitman (1819-1892), 1854 – Steel Engraving – Photograph by Samuel Hollyer of a lost Daguerrotype by Gabriel Harrison – “The engraving appeared in the 1855 and 1856 editions of “Leaves of Grass“, then again in the 1876 and 1881-82 (and following editions)..In reprinting it in the 1881 edition, Whitman insisted on its facing “Song of Myself”, because the portrait “is involved as part of the poem”]
The end (of Whitman’s “Song of Myself”) is interesting. I’d like to read the last three sections (sections 50, 51 and 52) , because they really do outreach him. I mean, he … Read More
[“Monstrous sauroids transported it in their mouths and deposited it with care”]
AG: Well, he (Whitman) says, in section 44 (of “Song of Myself”) – “It is time to explain myself”, at long last – “Let us stand up./ What is known I strip away/ I launch all men and women forward into the Unknown/ The clock indicates the moment – but what does eternity indicate?/ We have thus far exhausted trillions of winters and summers,/ There are trillions ahead, and trillions ahead of them./ Births have brought us richness and variety,. And other births will bring us … Read More
Student: (It) seems like sometimes he (Whitman)’s trying to make an attempt to justify himself, or says that what, what he’s doing, and just exactly what he’s doing, is exactly what he should be doing, and.. and neither.. that’s what Ihear, or, I guess, (it’s) what I hear