Meditation and Writing Experiment

                                                                [Jack Kerouac (1922-1969)]Allen Ginsberg’s  Jack Kerouac workshop continues. Allen proposes an in-class writing assignmentAG: Okay, now, next thing, how do you appply these [30 precepts from Jack Kerouac‘s “Belief & Technique for Modern Prose” ] actually? What is the condition of mind that (you) might apply them? You do it not by thinking about it, but by making your mind blank. So, now, let us conduct an exercise (because we’ve … Read More

More Writing Precepts/Slogans

                                                         [Jack Kerouac (1922-1969)] Allen continues with the numbered precepts, thirty precepts, that comprise Jack Kerouac’s “Belief & Technique for Modern Prose”

(24) “No fear or shame in the dignity of yr experience, language & knowledge”  – That’s a little bit like the negative capability of John Keats – Does anybody know that phrase – “Negative Capability”? (and how many do not know “negative capability”?  – One of the great phrases of all literature … Read More

Ginsberg on Mind Flow – 2 (and Paying Attention)

AG: (Where does your mind-image display?)  It’s sort of in front of your nose, and up above. It may vary for people.Student: You mean outside..?AG: Pardon me?Student: You mean outside? You think, and then you put yourself outside..AG: You think of it, but then you do put yourself…?    Student: (In front of you. It’s not on your face)AG: Ok, no, I’m just wondering. So, the question is – where, in the space of your dark head space (with the eyes closed), where does the picture appear? – and I’m saying, to me, it seems to appear a little bit in front of … Read More

Ginsberg on Mind Flow (Wittgensteinian Linguistic Analysis)

Allen continues to elucidate the thirty precepts that comprise Jack Kerouac’s “Belief & Technique for Modern Prose”AG:  “(21) “Struggle to sketch the flow that already exists intact in your mind” –  That’s the real key, or that’s the main slogan here – Struggle – well, I wouldn’t say a struggle – but, “sketch the flow that already exists intact in your mind” – in mind.  So what he’s saying is there already is an interior monologue, or interior talk, or interior movie going on, you’re always seeing movies inside, you’re always dreaming movies, daydreaming movies. If you’re a novelist, all … Read More

Allen Ginsberg on Jack Kerouac – 1982 Naropa continues

[Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) at a “Beat”party, 1959 – Photograph by Burt Glinn./Magnum Photos]


Continuing here from yesterday’s posting – Allen annotates Jack Kerouac’s “Belief & Technique for Modern Prose”     “2. Submissive to everything, open, listening” – so that’s an attitude of mind of..  submissive to any thought that comes along – about fucking your mother, or about…I don’t know, anything it is that is most.. common, and most forbidden, anything that comes along  in your mind that is.. fucking God, if you want to, anything that you wouldn’t want, necessarily, anybody to hear, but you hear yourself, and so, … Read More

Allen Ginsberg on Jack Kerouac (1982 Workshop at the Kerouac Conference)


[“Jack Kerouac wandering along East 9th Street after visiting (William) Burroughs at our pad, passing statue of Congressman Samuel “Sunset” Cox, “the letter-carrier’s friend” in Tompkins Square toward Corner of Avenue A, Lower East Side, he’s making a Dostoyevsky-mad face or Russian basso be-bop Om, just walking around the neighborhood, then involved with The Subterraneans, pencils & notebook in wool shirt-pocket, Fall 1953, Manhattan” – (Photograph and Inscription by Allen Ginsberg) – c. Allen Ginsberg Estate.]

We’ve been in the past weeks spotlighting Clark Coolidge and Robert Creeley’s remarks at the 1982 symposium on Jack Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 231

“”Rainy night on Union Square, full moon. Want more poems? Wait till I’m dead”. “So proclaimed Allen Ginsberg at 3.30 in the morning on August 8, 1990”, writes Barbara Hoffert, in Library Journal, “And now nearly 20 years after his death”, she continues, “in the first Ginsberg book since Collected Poems was updated in 20o6, here are new poems.”In anticipation of a 250 page volume to be published by Grove Press next February (2016)“Published in obscure journals or found in letters, the one hundred and three chronologically arranged poems included here span Ginsberg’s entire career, from the 1940’s through … Read More

John Wieners Selected ( Supplication) and Journals (Stars Seen In Person)

Pub. date isn’t until October 6th, but we couldn’t resist putting out the word on the forthcoming Selected Poems of John Wieners – edited by a trio of editors, Robert Dewhurst, Joshua Beckman and the ubiquitous CA Conrad“About himself, the author writes; / he is a tireless worker, and has a very long memory./ Having forgotten what ensues, the anger of redundancy rises/a very lustful nature: he drinks like a fish/Crowded cupboards combine with scrap heaps disht!/ there is no man to be feared in judicial canon more than this male harlot” (!)

or – as Allen Ginsberg once wrote: “John Wieners … Read More

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)

[Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) – photographed by Allen Ginsberg, December 20, 1987 – c. The Estate of Allen Ginsberg]

Jean-Michel Basquait died on this day, twenty-seven years ago today (has it really been that long?)  Currently up at Brooklyn Museum a selection from Basquiat’s Notebooks  From this past June on Hyperallergic – Megan Liberty – “An Intimate Reading of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s poetry“. Here‘s the ever-perceptive Luc Sante on Basquiat’s Notebooks – in the New York Times 

Rene Ricard‘s groundbreaking December 1981 article (on Basquait and Keith Haring) in Artforum – “The Radiant Child“ can … Read More

Poetry and Meditation – Winding Down

AG: Anything anybody got to say? There was one thing I wrote – that haiku about “all the answers are wrong”? I wrote Mike (sic) a haiku, if I can find it, that he thought was unfair.Student: (it was) unfair (because…)AG: I had no idea it would have any effect at all. Let’s see if I can find it here. After having read from The Direct Path to Enlightenment, the moral, “Don’t strike at the heart”, in haiku, (I) wrote – “What a serious fellow/With beard and questions writ in copybook/Someday you’ll find out the answers are all wrong” – Just … Read More