In Paris, in the Beaubourg, the Beat Generation show continues – all summer it continues (the show closes on October 3rd). See here (en anglais) a video tour conducted for Blouin ArtInfo by two of the show’s three (sic) curators, Jean-Jacques Lebel and Rani Singh.
Rick Schober‘s enterprising Corso-centric Tough Poets Press, which brought out last year the stellar collection of Gregory Corso interviews, The Whole Shot, has another title just out, Gregory’s first play (from 1954), Sarpedon. Prior to his first collection of poetry, The Vestal Lady on Brattle & Other Poems, Schober notes, “Corso wrote three plays, while living as a “stowaway” on the campus of Harvard University”. Sarpedon, described by the author as “a great funny Prometheus Unbound...all in metre and rhyme”, and “..an attempt to replicate Euripides, though the whole shot be original..” is presented here for the first time, fully contextualized and annotated, and supplemented with a two-page introduction by Corso himself, taken from a transcript of his prefatory remarks at a 1978 reading of the play that he gave at Naropa.
& Gregory Corso’s beloved Percy Bysshe Shelley died on this day, 1822, drowned in his own sailing boat, the Don Juan, while returning from Livorno to Lerici in the late afternoon, during a violent summer storm. Too young! – He was just one month shy of his thirtieth birthday.