Meditation and Poetics – 1 (Preliminaries)

Starting today, transcription from another of Allen’s Naropa Institute classes – Meditation and Poetics. These lectures took place in Boulder in the Summer of 1978. This first, on July 17. AG: Okay, The course is in meditation and poetics. As you may know, some of you…  there’s no drinking in here. This is meditation and poetics which is going to take up enough attention. Also, I’m irritable and likely to bite people’s heads off. So… For those of you who are somewhat familiar with  (Jack) Kerouac‘s poetry, or mine, or (William) Burroughs’, or  Gregory Corso‘s, or a … Read More

Happy Birthday Alice Notley

[Alice Notley – Photograph by Alan Bernheimer]

Happy Birthday, Alice Notley, dear Alice, 69 years old today! [2014]

[“When I was in my early twenties, I modeled for George Segal, and he made a life-sized statue of me (there’s a photo on-line of Allen Ginsberg discovering it. He covered my warm, nude body (with head of course) with plaster. When the plaster dried, he had a beautiful accurate frozen likeness. He then, as he always did, created a natural setting for the plaster body as if it were alive” – Alice Notley to Claudia Keelan, January 2014 in The Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 196

[Allen Ginsberg with (portrait of) Walt Whitman – Photograph by Misao Mizuno]

Mash-Ups – As we noted in an earlier post, “The ubiquitous Tom Waits-Allen Ginsberg mash-up, “Closing Time”/“America” has got to be one of the most-accessed Allen Ginsberg items on the web” (plenty of listeners still thinking, erroneously, that they must’ve recorded together – they didn’t) – We were pleased to receive originator, Ralph Beard’s wry comment (printed then – and now re-printed here), since it puts the piece in its (intriguing, allbeit antediluvian) context:

“Every now and then I do a search on this thing just … Read More

Carl Rakosi

[Carl Rakosi (1903-2004)] – Photograph by Gloria Graham]

Two introductions by Allen Ginsberg and one by Anselm Hollo to readings by Carl Rakosi (who shares the same birthday as the compiler of these notes) and who lived to be a spry one hundred. He would have been one hundred-and-eleven today! Allen Ginsberg’s Introduction to Carl Rakosi‘s reading at Naropa on June 30, 1987 (with David Cope) comes first (the entire reading can be listened to, in two parts – here – and here
AG: Carl Rakosi was born in Berlin in 1903. He was, for
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Naropa at 40

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman
[top – Chogyam Trungpa – middle – Jerome Rothenberg, Anne Waldman, Peter Orlovsky, Allen Ginsberg, Chogyam Trungpa, Diane di Prima, unidentified student, William Burroughs – bottom Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman] ]
In New York City today – all-day celebration of the 40-year anniversary of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University
Allen, in the Summer of 1986 (on the hitherto Naropa Institute, being granted its coveted accreditation) – “It’s a really good thing to create a school where the basis of the studies is wisdom. I feel proud of that. I feel like I’ve done something
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Clemente, Ginsberg, Orlovsky on India – 2


[Francesco Clemente works on his portrait of Allen Ginsberg – Photograph by Allen Ginsberg – c. The Estate of Allen Ginsberg]

[Allen Ginsberg – Indian Journals]

Continuing from yesterday –  Clemente and Ginsberg and Orlovsky on India

[Baba Allauddin Khan (1862-1972)]

Peter Orlovsky: I took one lesson from Aaashish Khan, the eldest son of Ali Akbar Khan, whose father was Allauddin Khan, the great sarod master at the turn of the century. He changed the sarod, and made it sleeker. The sarod is fruitless.It’s a bit like a violin, but you hold it lower, in your lap. It’s … Read More

Clemente Ginsberg Orlovsky on India – 1


Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky and Francesco Clemente –  From 2011’s  Clemente Made In India  (the complete transcribed conversation is available there, but first appears in print, earlier, in 1992, in the exhibition-catalog for the Clemente exhibit, Francesco Clemente – Evening Raga and Paradiso, which took place that year at New York’s Gagosian Gallery) We feature today (and tomorrow) a few brief excerpts from that conversation More observations and insight – Beats in India  

Francesco Clemente – A legend says that Benares [Varanasi] was a beautiful garden inhabited by all the Gods, and was particularly dear
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1980 Naropa – Ginsberg-Clausen-Whalen reading

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[Allen Ginsberg, Andy Clausen, Philip Whalen]

July 23 1980 at the Naropa Institute – Allen Ginsberg, Philip Whalen and Andy Clausen (Anne Waldman introduces Allen and Philip, Allen introduces Andy Clausen) courtesy of the Naropa Archives, the audio can be accessed here and here Anne Waldman:  Welcome to this second session (of the)  Jack Kerouac reading-series opening, and tonight we’re going to be hearing Allen Ginsberg and musicians, and Andy Clausen, and guest-poet Philip Whalen….. The order tonight will be Allen reading and performing first, then Andy, then Philip, each about twenty-five minutes, then we’ll have a break, and … Read More