First off, some of the stellar “book blurbs”:His dear friend Joanne Kyger writes: “Fellowship and remarkable clarity bring enlightened and generous understanding to this rendering of the life and times of singular poet and teacher Philip Whalen. And furthermore: “His longtime friend in the dharma, teacher and writer David Schneider transmits the delight and wisdom of this poet’s bountiful spirit”. Michael McClure describes the book as: “More than a biography or a memoir…a CELEBRATION of Zen Being.” (John Suiter, noting that it’s “highly original, personable, and authoritative”, declares it destined to “take its place among the very best books on both the … Read More
[Pat Sebold with Linda Forgosh, executive director of the Jewish Historical Society of New Jersey]
Family heirlooms – Pat Sebold, Allen’s first cousin (Allen’s father, Louis, was the brother of her mother, Clara), earlier this month, donated “a voluminous collection of Ginsberg memorabilia to the Jewish Historical Society of New Jersey – “The trove”, The New Jersey Jewish News reports, “includes signed copies of hardbound and paperback versions of her cousin’s poetry, as well as personal letters, postcards, family photographs, and yellowed newspaper-clippings…”From one of the postcards (Allen, writing from Amsterdam): “Cheese, canals, windows, bridges, dog shit, Indonesian restaurants, red … Read More
[Allen Ginsberg and Chogyam Trungpa at Naropa]AG: Shall we open it up?
AG: Anybody got any questions on the nature of perception and conception.
CT: Big subject eh?!
AG: Actually we got into a big… (well), go on…
Student (1) – My question is if the mind… [Ancillary action (proceedings are obviously being filmed) – AG: “You’re blocking his view from the camera!” – Student resumes ] – If the mind desires to work on a poem or the mind desires to think about … Read More
AG: Welcome..to the poetry class.. [to Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche] – does it make sense (you sitting), here? [Allen points to location] – and there’s room for David (Rome) [Trungpa’s personal assistant], there. Welcome to my poetry class. This is Bobby Myers, my teaching assistant – and this [Allen continues with formal introductions] is Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Tibetan poet and meditation teacher – and David Rome here.
We might look at The Mental Traveler (also out of (William) Blake). Does anybody know that? The Mental Traveler? – That’s a terrific poem. [Editorial note – Allen’s earlier (1976) observations, duplicating, to some degree, what follows, can be found here] – William Butler Yeats thought it was one of Blake’’s greatest poems, and he said that it was impenetrable, nobody could ever understand it – and, apparently, no commentator has ever fully unraveled the scheme of it, (which is an obvious scheme of an eternal return, a recycle that goes back, snake eating its own tail, and … Read More