Basic Poetics – (Meter and Emphasis)

[Madonna – detail from a Madonna and Child (c late.1480’s) by Giovanni Bellini (1495-1516) ]

The Allen Ginsberg Project has been, for some now, providing annotated transcripts to some of Allen Ginsberg’s extraordinary Naropa lectures . So we continue – taking off from where we left off – Allen’s January 7 1980″ Basic Poetics” class . These first two segments are (somewhat untypical?) caught up in matters of pronunciation (and resultant metrics) – technical matters (“It’ll come up over and over again, so you might as well get it straight” is Allen’s justification)Following some preliminary business (the list for books … Read More

Wait Till I’m Dead

2016 sees upcoming (next month!) the publication of Wait Till I’m Dead – UnCollected Poems, the new (posthumous) book of poems by Allen Ginsberg.

Here are the blurbs:

“Ginsberg has been one of the most influential poets in America in our time….a spectacular career” (New York Times Book Review)

“Ginsberg is both tragic and dynamic, a lyrical genius, con man extraordinaire, and probably the single greatest influence on American poetic voice since Whitman” (Bob Dylan)

“Sooner or later anyone interested in American poetry must embrace Allen Ginsberg” (Houston Chronicle)

“(Ginsberg) wrote any number of splendid singular poems … Read More

Jan I 2016 Happy New Year!

[Allen Ginsberg, December 31, 1958, at the Artist’s Club’s New Years Eve Party, New York City, December 31, 1958, – Photo © 2016 Estate of Fred W. McDarrah]

“Allen Ginsberg Howling At A New Years Party” – from Beat Generation Glory Days in Greenwich Village – by Fred W McDarrah and Gloria S McDarrah. Photograph by Fred W McDarrah © The Estate of Fred W, McDarrah

– Happy New Year Everybody!… Read More