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Allen Ginsberg Reading – Hot Springs, Arkansas, 1994
[Allen Ginsberg, in Hot Springs, Arkansas, 1994 – photo: Yukiyo Yoshida] Returning this week to the trove of recorded material currently available  in the Stanford Archives, we focus today (perhaps somewhat arbitrarily) on a reading Allen gave at Hot Springs, Arkansas in November 1994.   The recording is available – here  It begins[…]
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December in Cherry Valley, Paul Kane‘s photograph and memoir-note featured here reminds us of East Hill Farm and Gordon Ball‘s extraordinary custodianship   “A Winter’s Day,  Allen Ginsberg’s Farm,  Cherry Valley, NY”,  from significantly later (and post-the classic Ball residency), 1986-87, may be viewed here   Allen and his inscriptions. A while[…]
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[“The noise of trampling, the wind of trumpets, smote the palace walls with a blast..”] Allen Ginsberg’s January 25 1979 Naropa William Blake class continues and concludes AG: (continuing reading from Erdman/Bloom – on Blake’s “The French Revolution”): “Blake follows history in having the Assembly receive this ‘unwelcome message’ in silence followed[…]
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[ The Birnam oak in Birnam wood in Scotland, the last surviving tree from Shakespeare’s time] AG: Then the King replies to the voice of the people with a kind of contempuous challenge, a riddle, just like in “Macbeth“‘s Birnam Wood.  Remember in the play, Macbeth, Macbeth says, “until Birnam Wood”, what,[…]
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[Mills and smokestacks – factories in Lowell, Massachusetts] AG: There is a very strange book review in the last “New York Times” Book Review section, just talking about “law blasted wastes,” pointing out that it was a long study of the factory in small towns in America.  The history of factories in[…]
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[Emmanuel Joseph Sieyès  1748-1836)] Allen Ginsberg’s analysis of William Blake’s poem, “The French Revolution” continues here.  AG: [tape begins in media res]  … robes were filled with burning babes”… is a fiction. Blake made him up, as well as on line hundred-and-sixty-eight,”  “Up rose awful in his majestic beams Bourbon’s strong Duke..”[…]
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Mary Paniccia Carden‘s Women Writers of the Beat Era – Autobiography and Intertextuality, (part of the University of Virginia Press’s “Cultural Frames, Framing Cuture” series, published back in April), somehow passed us by. We’re happy to get a reminder about this important and provocative book from David S Wills – Read his[…]
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[Jacques Necker (“..Necker rise, leave the kingdom, thy life is surrounded with snares”)] Allen Ginsberg’s notes on William Blake’s “The French Revolution” continue AG:  Anyway, we had that Duke hanging  “over the council; around him croud, weeping in his burning robe,/A bright cloud of infant souls.”  And then he’s got this great[…]
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Allen Ginsberg on William Blake continues AG: As to the question of dictation, if you get to the preface to Europe he gives you some notion of how he derives his poems. On page fifty-eight. Europe -A Prophecy. Europe is a prophecy which is a continuation of The French Revolution because America […]
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Allen Ginsberg on William Blake continues AG: This was his first attempt at a seven or septenary (line),  as they call it, I think – a fourteener.  At the beginning of Jerusalem, Blake, conscious of Milton, wrote a little thing to the public.  Let’s see, what was Milton’s called?  The little note[…]
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Allen Ginsberg on William Blake ( & his derivation from Milton) – continues AG: Now, Milton, in the “Preface” to Paradise Lost  “doth say”, (on his verse form) – “The measure is English heroic verse, without rhyme, as that in Homer in Greek or Virgil, in Latin, rhyme being no longer necessary[…]
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[Allen Ginsberg,1978, in the office of the War Resisters League – Photo: David McReynolds] [Allen Ginsberg, 1996 – Photo: David McReynolds – “Allen carried with him a little Canon pocket camera (I have one also), not digital. Coming home one day I met him in the street, where this was taken, and[…]
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[Satan and Beelzebub – from the first book of John Milton’s Paradise Lost – illustration by Gustave Doré ] AG: So Milton’s Paradise Lost is an account of the fall of man. Well, the revolt in heaven – Satan revolting in heaven, falling into hell with all of his counselors and assistant  […]
William Blake’s Birthday
[William Blake by John Flaxman, ca. 1804] There’s been a fair amount of William Blake on The Allen Ginsberg Project in recent months and we make no apologies for it  (there’ll be plenty more on William Blake in the months to come) but today’s a very special day – William Blake’s birthday![…]
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[Portrait of John Milton by William Blake (c. 1800-1803)] Allen Ginsberg on William Blake’s poem ,“The French Revolution” continues AG: And so let’s turn to Milton (Paradise Lost)  for a few minutes.  Well, let’s get Burgundy’s speech (in ” The French Revolution”) first. Is anybody interested in reading this aloud? Who is[…]