Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 380

Bob Donlon, Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg, Robert LaVigne and Lawrence Ferlinghetti – outside of City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco, 1956 – photo: Peter Orlovsky

The esteemed Poetry Foundation has been working (consistently) on its web presence. It’s just recently consolidated and organized this useful resource – An Introduction to the Beat Poets.

While we’re on such overviews, here is the page on the Beats from the Academy of American Poets 

International Beats – Marc Olmsted in Empty Mirror reviews Erik Mortenson’s  Translating the Counterculture – The Reception of the Beats in Turkey Southern Illinois University Press are also the publishers of Mortenson’s earlier volume – Capturing the Beat Moment – Cultural Politics and the Poetics of Present 

Some time since we’ve written on Ammiel Alcalay’s extraordinary Lost and Found Project.  It continues to flourish. Check out their reviews, previews, and more in the Fall 2018 newsletter

Big news here, the upcoming publication of  Diane di Prima’s never-before-published masterpiece, Spring and Autumn Annals, (a Lost & Found Elsewhere collaborative project with City Lights)  Finished in 1965, one year after the death of her close friend, dancer and Warhol Factory member Freddie Herko, part elegy, part memoir, lyrical and unforgettable.  Ammiel contributes an introduction. Scheduled publication date, February 2019

Hat & Beard Press announce their new book, (shipping next month) – Chicago 1968 – TheWhole World Is Watching – a collaborative work of photos by Michael Cooper and text by Terry Southern (edited with additional texts by Adam Cooper and Nile Southern). For more details on that see – here

Jean Genet, Allen Ginsberg, Terry Southern, and William Burroughs, in Chicago in 1968 – photo: Michael Cooper

More losses – singular deaths   We’ve already noted the passing  of David McReynolds and  Tom Clark (here’s neighbor, Larry Bensky on Tom Clark, and Charlie Brennan in the Boulder Daily Camera, and Steve Rubenstein  in the San Francisco Chronicle)

One more to add to the roster –  maverick British publisher, John Calder

Elise Cowen is currently the focus of (theatrical) attention at the Edinburgh Festival

Beat sexism – We recommend Blair Hurley‘s sharp piece, “The Dharma Girls” in the on-line Paris Review

but we’ll end with something sweet and upbeat – the great Bob Kaufman dancing!


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