AG: So during that time we were silent, a number of events took place but the major one, I guess, is when that first big breeze blew in with a good deal of sound from the outside — papers flew a little bit, but there was this big statement from the outside coming in, which is similar to our own breath, actually. Strangely enough it was part of it. We were breathing and then the world was breathing in on us. But that was, for me, the most … in the stillness of mind of sitting, relative stillness of mind, … Read More
The remarkable, wonderful, Joanne Kyger, turns eighty-years-old today! – Impossible to believe! – Happy Birthday, dear Joanne!
Don’t miss our previous links-rich Kyger-birthday-postings on the Allen Ginsberg Project here, here and here
Here’s Allen’s vintage (March 1962) photo – (his caption): “Joanne Kyger, hills leading to Himalayan Peaks, studying guidebook on wall in Amora, we were on Pilgrimage to Buddhist sites, here visiting Lama Govinda..”
Some recent video(s) – Joanne on her colorful West Coast history (as part of a panel at the recent … Read More
Student: In that credo of his [William Carlos Williams‘] that everybody’s heard so many times – “No ideas but in things’
Student: …when you said that you were going to do Williams for this, the first thing I thought about..
Student: …was relating that answer to the Buddhist answer of no things, just like you cut out…
AG: The Buddhist what?
Student: I was wondering about relating it to that statement.
AG: Relating … Read More
“Thursday” – How many people know that poem “Thursday” which I read year after year. Okay, so, it’s the sort of intersection point between poetics and meditation. Williams Carlos Williams, for those of you who don’t know, is maybe the most solid, grounded, practical, straightforward American poet of this century. So we’re using him for basic ground, to begin with, somebody that everybody can understand, an intersection point where everybody here can get it on together, those who don’t write poetry, … Read More
July 4 1952
Dear Mr Ginsberg.
I have been thinking about this manuscript [Empty Mirror] which you have left me. I am sad to find that it reflects hardship. You have ability, and that means responsibility, does it not? There are in writing a few technicalities to think about; but the thing that matters is our sense of awareness; this comes first. What are we to … Read More
Diane Di Prima‘s new book from City Lights – The Poetry Deal is out. We’ve reported before about her recent troubling health difficulties. The emergencies still remain but still the urgency of the work, still the extraordinary achievement of the work. “In The Poetry Deal“, her publishers write, (di) Prima maps out over forty years of San Francisco history, from the culture of the late ‘Sixties, to her grief over her friends’ passing during the AIDS epidemic, to stories of her countercultural colleagues and the rapidly changing environment she has seen take place over the years in (San … Read More