Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 288


October 7, 1849 –  the death of Edgar Allan Poe. More Allen-Ginsberg-on-Poe postings here, here and here

October 2017 marks the Centennial of the English poet David Gascoyne. Enitharmon, his English publisher, have taken the occasion to reprint a 1986 letter/memoir/note he wrote to Allen – See here

October in the Railroad Earth – October is Kerouac month… (every month is Kerouac month! – but this month (this weekend) in Lowell, Massachusetts, it’s the annual Lowell Celebrates Kerouac). Full details about the weekend’s activities – hereRead More

“Even Such is Time” (Raleigh’s Execution)

The execution of Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618) on 29 October, 1618, at Old Palace Yard, Westminster, London (Anonymous Eighteenth-Century English engraving)

AG: So, then.. Student: Why was (Walter) Raleigh executed? AG: I don’t know. Let’s see, He went.. did go to Virginia or something, and… politics.. [Students brief discussion]  – (Did he stay?) AG: No, no he went back to England…” The night before his execution” [“Even Such Is Time”], published in 1628:

Even such is Time, that takes in trust Our youth, our joys, our all we have, And pays us but with earth and … Read More

Marlowe & Raleigh (The Passionate Shepherd)


Abraham Bloemaert – Shepherd and Shepherdess (1627) oil on canvas – in the collection of Niedersächsisches Landesmuseum, Hannover (Germany)

AG: Does everybody here from high school remember (Christopher) Marlowe and (Walter) Raleigh‘s little complimentary poems, “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” and “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd“? Has everybody read those? – A few. Well, let’s get on to those.  [Editorial note – Earlier recordings of Allen reading those two poems can be found here] Do you want to read… Let’s start with the Marlowe. Rachel [sic], do you want to read that? … Read More

George Gascoigne’s Lullaby

George Gascoigne (1535-1577)

[Allen Ginsberg’s 1980 Naropa “Basic Poetics” class continues. An inscription on the tape notes that the first forty-five minutes of this class are missing (were not recorded) but the class picks up with this fresh tape, recorded February 21, 1980]   

AG: Next, (George) Gascoigne, now we’re getting serious – page one-nine-nine – one-nine-nine, oh, I’m sorry, page one-twenty-nine,  the “Lullaby” (“The Lullaby of A Lover“) – Is anybody familiar with this poem? Has anybody read it before? Somebody like to read it? Somebody who hasn’t read ever?, just  improvise it as you go along … Read More

Dowland – 2 – Fine Knacks For Ladies


AG: Connected to that (“Weep You No More Sad Fountains“)  is (John Dowland‘s) “Fine Knacks  For (The) Ladies” (one page before, page 111)

[At approximately sixty-one minutes in (and concluding at approximately  sixty-two-and-three-quarter minutes in) , AG plays a recording of  John Dowland’s  “Fine Knacks For Ladies” – (“Though all my wares be trash, the heart is true” – “Sing it to Andy Warhol!” – “the orient’st pearl … Read More

The Unknown Kerouac

Just out from Library of America – The Unknown Kerouac – edited by Todd Tietchen (with several texts newly translated from the French by Jean-Christophe Cloutier

The publishers write:    “Edited and published with unprecedented access to the  (Jack) Kerouac archives, The Unknown Kerouac presents two lost novels, The Night Is My Woman and Old Bull in the Bowery, which Kerouac wrote in French during the esoecially fruitful years of 1951 and 1952. Discovered among his papers in the mid-nineties, they have been translated into English for the first time  by Jean-Christophe Cloutier, who incorporates Kerouac’s own partial

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Allen Ginsberg in Baltimore 1973

Allen Ginsberg at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore,  October 1973 A vintage reading today from 1973 (see here) –  Allen reads, principally, from poems that will appear in the collection, Mind Breaths

AG: (I’ve been here) pretty regularly about every third semester. So I’ve been here, I think, since the mid ‘Sixties, presenting sequentially, every alternate year, the new poetry that I’ve written in the last seasons. So that’s probably what I’ll do this time again. I was here about a year-and-a-half ago [1972]. So I’ll read poems written in the last year-and-a-half., since I was here in … Read More