Expansive Poetics 87 – (Cezanne’s Methodology)

[Paul Cezanne  (1839-1906) – Self Portrait (1879-80) –  oil on canvas, 33.7 x 24.7 cms via Oskar Reinhart Art Collection, Winterthur, Switzerland]

AG:  (So) (Guillaume) Apollonaire’s “Zone” – We have three different translations here and I have a couple others with me. The first one which is probably good as a working one is (by) Roger Shattuck. There’s one by Anne Hyde Greet. And I xeroxed one by Ron Padgett – and there’s also one by Samuel Beckett, so you can see how solid a poem it is – so many intelligent people have worked on … Read More

William Burroughs – 1981 Naropa Reading


The photo above (taken by Allen)  is from some five years later, (“William S Burroughs ready to leave “Obie Benz‘s loft”, 33 Greene Street, Manhattan, December 16, 1986″),but the Burroughs visage,  the WSB look, didn’t really change that much over the years. (See here for a photo portfolio) – (more Allen Ginsberg William Burroughs pictures here) Listen today to William Burroughs in 1981 at the Naropa Institute courtesy the treasury that is the Naropa Archives collection – here  – the “next-to-the-last reading of Naropa’s Summer of 1981 Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 182


Allen Ginsberg: “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at daw...

Yishay Ben Moshe is currently performing, “The Key Is In The Window”,  a theatrical interpretation of  Allen’s “Kaddish“ at the Gay and Lesbian Center in Tel Aviv, Israel. Nathan Zach‘s translation  (a bi-lingual edition in Hebrew and English, approved by Allen) appeared, famously, in 1988

Burroughs Centennial and we haven’t noted much here on the Ginsberg Project since a flurry of activity early in the year but here‘s word of the upcoming exhibition, Animals In The Wall, curated by  James Elphick and Yuri Zupančič and scheduled to premiere in London on the 27th of … Read More

Expansive Poetics – 86 – (Apollinaire’s Calligrammes)

AG: This is a fountain. “The Bleeding Heart Dove and the Fountain”. (La colombe poignardée et le jet d’eau) Can you see well enough to make this worthwhile to hold up? This is a boook that came out in 1980, Anne Hyde Greet’s translations of Apollinaire’s “Calligrammes”.  I don’t think it’s ever been completely done before. 

“The Little Car”. (La petite auto)

 The one that he has incised on his grave is one called “Calligramme.. renversée“. (Mon coeur pareil à une flamme renversée)…(“The heart upside-down”) apollinaire-coeur




Here’s (the famous one) “Rain”… … Read More

Expansive Poetics – 85 (Guillaume Apollinaire and French Modernism)

Expansive Poetics class continues, August 11, 1981 AG: We had an enormous mental bath and blood bath with (all that) Russian poetry, and we had some comparisons with other countries, but we didn’t pick up what was going on in France at that time [early twentieth-century], the only thing we got onto earlier was a little (Arthur) Rimbaud. What (William S.) Burroughs was talking about before in his discourse about cut-ups and mental probe and making maps is reflected somewhat in the work of the French Dadaists and Surrealists and modernists. So, let’s go (now) to Guillaume ApollinaireRead More

Expansive Poetics – 84 – Out-take – Nixon’s Paranoia

[Richard M Nixon (1913-1994)]

So, a quick  “outtake” today, or “digression” (from our recent transcription (from 1981) of Allen, speaking  of the bureaucratic complicity and the institutionalized paranoia of the (Stalinist) Russian police state – “No hope Communism, No hope Capitalism” – He couldn’t help but point out its the American equivalent (America in the ‘Sixties – CREEP (the Committee for the Re-Election of the President), Nixon and Watergate) 

AG: (It’s) just like trying to investigate the CIA now, or the FBI..I mean, you can’t send people to jail! – I mean, they might have killed people, they

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Expansive Poetics – 83 (Anna Akhmatova – 4 – A Poem Without A Hero)


Allen continues his survey of the works of Anna Akhmatova AG: And the later, even more complicated poem. “A Poem Without A Hero”, including herself, in other words, a poem in which even she is not the hero because the devastation is so total, and so devastating. I don’t think that’s been published in Russia yet (1981) but it’s published in English. And the “..Poem Without A Hero” is her summary of everything we’ve been studying, actually, of the Russian poets. It was begun in August in Leningrad under siege. There’s only one translation of it into English … Read More

Summer of Love / Human Be-In

Three years ago, we presented a fairly extensive post on the January 14, 1967,  legendary San Francisco,  “Human Be-In”.  We’d like to direct your attention to it here 

Meanwhile, fresh up on You Tube, is this “Be-In” documentary, with priceless footage of Allen, Gary SnyderMichael McClure, and all the participants/celebrants who took part in that extraordinary occasion. The event that ushered in “the Summer of Love” – (tho’, yes, as early as January!) – Re-visit the Summer of 1967 in the Summer of 2014.  Peace and Love everyone!

[original (signed) posters for the 1967 Human … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 181


Two weeks since the last “Friday Round-Up”, so.. without further ado.. Jim Cohn‘s Allen-centric Napalm Health Spa (we’ve featured it before on the Allen Ginsberg Project), this past July 4, delivered a blockbuster 400-plus page archive edition (spanning twenty-five years of the magazine’s history). Original contributions from many of Allen’s dear friends and students. Begin – and continue – your weekend’s reading experience here.  There’s a project we’ve been watching with some interest since it was first announced several years ago, Rick Shober, erstwhile of Vox Redux Press (now Tough Poets Publishing) has been preparing The Whole Read More

Expansive Poetics – 82 (Anna Akhmatova – 3)

Akhmatova, Anna

[Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966)]

Allen’s discussion of Anna Akhmatova’s “Requiem” continues, 

AG: This (passage) is discussing her son, I think, this next one – “At dawn they came and took you away./ You were my dead – I walked behind./ In the dark room children cried,/ The holy candle gasped for air.Your lips were chill rom the ikon’s kiss/sweat bloomed on your brow – those deathless flowers!/ Like the wives of Peter’s troopers in Red Square/ I’ll stand and howl under the Kremlin towers.” – There was a revolt among the private troops of Peter the Great – 1400 troops, so … Read More