Archive: Articles

Ginsberg on Blake continues – 41. (Nuclear Horror)
“With trembling horror pale aghast the Children of Man” – Atomic explosion – (image from the July 16, 1945  Trinity Test – “Trinity” was the code name of the first detonation of a nuclear device, conducted by the United States Army as part of the Manhattan Project Allen Ginsberg on William Blake’s[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 522
Allen Ginsberg – still from the 2019 Martin Scorsese documentary, Rolling Thunder Revue – A Bob Dylan Story Diane Di Prima and Allen Ginsberg – photo by Sheppard Powell Regarding Diane Di Prima Ammiel Alcalay writes: “Along with Sheppard Powell, Diane’s husband and life partner, and Sara Larsen, poet and long-time assistant[…]
Ginsberg on Blake continues – 40
Allen Ginsberg on William Blake’s The Four Zoas continues from here AG: Now, [continues reciting from Blake’s poem]  “…She bore me sons & daughters/And they have taken her away & hid her from my sight/ They have surrounded me with walls of iron & brass, O Lamb/Of God clothed in Luvahs garments[…]
Ginsberg on Blake continues – 39
Allen Ginsberg’s class on William Blake’s The Four Zoas continues from here AG:  And (reads) – “I carried her in my bosom as a man carries a lamb/I loved her I gave her all my soul & my delight/I hid her in soft gardens & in secret bowers of Summer/Weaving mazes of[…]
Ginsberg on Blake continues – 38
“Luvah was cast into the Furnaces of affliction & sealed..” ( from William Blake’s ms of The Four Zoas) Allen Ginsberg’s class on William Blake’s The Four Zoas continues from here  AG (reading from Blake):  “Their eyes their ears nostrils & tongues roll outward  they behold/What is within now seen without they[…]
Ginsberg on Blake continues – 37
Statue of Sabrina – Goddess of the River Severn – classical sculpture of the subject in The Dingle, Quarry Park, Shrewsbury, England Allen Ginsberg’s class on William Blake’s  “The Four Zoas” continues from here  AG:  (quoting Blake)  –    “… Tyburns brook and along the River of Oxford” – (“Tyburn” is the place[…]
Hunter S Thompson
Hunter S Thompson, Boulder Colorado, July 17, 1989.  (photo: Allen Ginsberg, courtesy Stanford University Libraries/Allen Ginsberg Estate) A guest posting today from our friend David S Wills, editor of Beatdom, author of World Citizen – Allen Ginsberg As Traveller and the forthcoming High White Notes – The Rise and Fall of Gonzo[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 521
Tomorrow,  July 17th, in conjunction with the ongoing exhibit “Discover America and the Beat Generation – Jack Kerouac Types On the Road – The Genealogy of a Counterculture through Publications“, the Kobe City University of Foreign Studies in Japan will be hosting a symposium (streamed live on You Tube) featuring exhibition-organizer, Matt[…]
Memes (Another Ginsberg Meme)
“The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world. That is what poetry does”. Tracking another Ginsberg meme. The ubiquity of the Ginsberg meme(s). We’ve been here before – see here and here  Certainly the internet’s seemingly random harvesting of anodyne simplistic palliative quotation[…]
Woody Guthrie
Woody Guthrie (1912-1967) July 14 – Woody Guthrie‘s birthday – Check out our posting (back in 2012) for the Woody Guthrie Centennial here & check out too The Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma – “Woody Guthrie’s Legacy Lives Here” Celebrating today with two great documentaries Woody Guthrie – Hard Travelin‘  (from[…]
Bisbee 1980 Promo Video
A sample roll of film today, promotional film showcasing the film archive from the 1980 Bisbee Poetry Festival, featuring Bobbie-Louise Hawkins, Michael McClure, Joanne Kyger, Diane Wakowski, Peter Orlovsky, and Allen Ginsberg. The sections featuring Allen appear at approximately twelve minutes in. The producer, Jon Freedman, is currently seeking a public institution[…]
Tuli Kupferberg
Tuli Kupferberg, Washington DC, January 1987 – photo (detail) by Allen Ginsberg, courtesy Stanford University Libraries / Allen Ginsberg Estate Today, on the occasion of the anniversary of the eleventh year of his passing, saluting the late, great (and much-missed) iconoclast and genius, Tuli Kupferberg (1923-2010) Back in October, our good friends[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 520
Beat Studies – Beat Studies in academia. We were late (we are late) in putting out word about The Beats – A Teaching Companion  (edited by Nancy McCampbell Grace) – “The volume’s twenty-two essays are divided into six sections: 1) Foundational Issues, 2) Beat Literary Genres, 3) Beat Literary Topics, 4) Beat[…]
Peter Orlovsky (1933-2010)
Peter Orlovsky, October 1988, New York City – photo: Allen Ginsberg, courtesy Stanford University Libraries / Allen Ginsberg Estate Peter Orlovsky, Allen’s partner’s, birthday today. He would have been 88.  Happy Birthday Peter! Here’s his wonderful “Frist Poem” (First Poem – at the heart of Peter’s poetry was his wonderful idiosyncratic spelling),[…]
Ginsberg on Blake continues – 36
William Blake – The Ancient of the Days – (originally published as the frontispiece to the 1794 work, Europe- A Prophecy) Allen Ginsberg on William Blake’s The Four Zoas  continues from here AG:   So – “Terrific Urizen strode above,in fear & pale dismay/ He saw the indefinite space beneath & his soul[…]