Expansive Poetics – 46 (Mayakovsky – 3)

[Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930)]

AG: I think what I’d like to do is skip to the suicide poem [“At The Top of My Voice‘], just to get the correalation between the universal (and the personal). “At The Top of My Voice –  Unfinished Prologue To the Second Part of A Poem on the Five Year Plan” – one –  (this is Lily Brik, his girlfriend, having gone out of town to London – “She loves me. She loves me not”.. Who’s he referring to now? (Tatiana), the girl in Paris?

Ann Charters: Each girlfriend that I … Read More

Expansive Poetics – 45 (Mayakovsky – 2)


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[Vladimir Mayakovsky, 1914 – “Futurist Mayakovsky”]

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Expansive Poetics – 44 – (Mayakovsky – 1)


[Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930)]

July 7, 1981, Allen Ginsberg’s class on Expansive Poetics continues AG: We were on (Robert)  Duncan (“A Poem Beginning with a Line by Pindar”),  and actually I read up to Duncan’s introduction of (Walt) Whitman, and I want to leave it there. Actually, when I first read that poem it was that particular cadenza – “I always see the under side turning,/ fumes that injure the tender  landscape. From which up break/ lilac blossoms of courage in daily act/ striving to meet a natural measure” – I guess, the part two, the “litany … Read More

Allen Ginsberg’s Parinirvana

[Allen Ginsberg, Bob Rosenthal, James Grauerholz, Michael McClure, Peter Orlovsky – from Colin Still’s No More To Say And Nothing To Weep For – An Elegy For Allen Ginsberg 1926-1997 (1997)]

Saturday April 5th – Allen Ginsberg’s Parinirvana. Two Perspectives on Allen’s Last Hours  First, Gelek Rinpoche We lost Allen [Ginsberg], but believe me, he died very well – extremely well. We would be very lucky to go like he did. He was absolutely ready. It is interesting. It looked like he was always thinking that he had another ten years to live. Last year, after the summer retreat, … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 171

[Iggy Pop and Johnny Depp – Photographs by Allen Ginsberg c. The Estate of Allen Ginsberg]
Iggy Pop interviews Johnny Depp in the current Interview magazine (Vanity Fair’s Julie Miller also picked up on this, on their blog, summarizing it, a little moralistically, with a shock-horror headline (more demonizing?) –  “Johnny Depp Entertained Allen Ginsberg’s Shameless Flirtations During the Beat Poet’s Final Years”. “Shameless flirtation”?  – Depp: “It was sweet. I just think he wanted affection on whatever level.”
Iggy Pop: You mention Ginsberg flirting with you. He visited me once but he didn’t flirt, so I’m kind of … Read More

Chogyam Trungpa’s Parinirvana

Chögyam Trungpa
 [Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1939-1987)

It’s Chogyam Trungpa‘s Parinirvana today. Here‘s footage, from seven years ago, of the opening of the twentieth anniversary parinirvana celebrations at the Shambhala Meditation Center in Boulder, Colorado (held in conjunction with Naropa).

Here’s some of the fabled twenty-five-year anniversary celebrations in Sonoma – the two sanghas, Shambhala and the Sonoma Mountain Zen Center, Tibetan Buddhism and Japanese Buddhism, getting together and, movingly, collaborating

“Commemorating the 27th Anniversary of the Parinirvana of the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.” – a little vintage Trungpa Rinpoche – “Sunyata“, (from the Naropa Institute … Read More

Maretta Greer

thefactory-: Ginsberg with Maretta Greer and Gary Snyder at the Human Be-In, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, January 14, 1967.

[Allen Ginsberg, Maretta Greer and Gary Snyder at The Human Be-In, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco,  1967 – Photograph by Leo Holub]

[Gregory Corso, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and Maretta Greer at the opening of Timothy Leary’s Meditation Center, Hudson Street, New York City, 1967]

Maretta Greer, another of Allen’s “girlfriends”, his mantra teacher, spiritual goad, and sometime live-in companion, when she wasn’t (as she was, a good deal of the time) wandering barefoot around India.  She’d left home at aged fifteen to become a saddhu.  Gordon Ball recalls glimpsing her in Allen’s company, in 1966 at the Jonas Read More

Anne Waldman’s Birthday – (Manatee/Humanity)

Anne Waldman, born April 2, 1945, is (those magical numbers!) 69 years old today! For all your Anne Waldman needs go to Anne Waldman dot org, the official web-site for all things Anne Waldman (though, first, check out our previous birthday postings – here, here and here) Anne Waldman

We, at the Allen Ginsberg Project, choose to spotlight today, her 2009 Penguin volume – Manatee/Humanity  (“a research project, a documentary project, it’s actually a whole book”) and her reading from and presentation of it for the Academy of American Poets, a couple of months back, as … Read More

Elise Cowen (1933-1962)









Allen Ginsberg and Elise Cowen

Al Filreis informative over-view of this lost “Beat” figure (she committed suicide in 1962, aged 29), along with a couple of sample poems, may be read here. Leo Skir’s personal memoir may be read here. A volume of work from her only surviving notebook, entitled Elise Cowen – Poems and Fragments, edited by Tony Trigilio and published by Ashahta Press has just recently appeared.

Elise-Cowen-Photo As Trigilio writes: 

Elise Cowen’s position in literary history has been a conflicted one.  Very little is known about … Read More