William Carlos Williams’ Birthday (92nd Street Y Reading)
September 17, 2018
 Today (September 17) is William Carlos Williams‘ birthday (born 1883, and died eighty years later in his hometown of Rutherford, New Jersey) Poet William Carlos Williams opened the first season of the 92nd Street Y’s Unterberg Poetry[…]
July the 4th – America
July 4, 2018
How could we not (re)publish this? What(‘s) happened to America? America America I’ve given you all and now I’m nothing. America two dollars and twentyseven cents January 17, 1956. I can’t stand my own mind. America when will we end the human war? Go fuck yourself with your atom bomb. I don’t[…]
“Senior Citizen Old Boy Joy”
June 27, 2018
Here’s another sliver from the Archives – Allen (on an airplane maybe?) composing directly onto the tape-recorder, a poignant little ditty, (audio – 78 at Stanford – from, as Allen duly informs us, 1992) – “For Peter Orlovsky in Rain” (but[…]
Kerouac-Cassady (Jack Kerouac Scat Singing)
June 25, 2018
We continue this week mining the treasure which is the extraordinary trove of audio at the Allen Ginsberg archives, now housed at Stanford University. Today, a remarkable discovery – Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady. The tape (there are two copies, actually, 131[…]
T.V. Baby
June 20, 2018
“Television Was A Baby Crawling Toward That Death Chamber”, Allen’s scorching jeremiad of a poem that featured as the opening poem of his 1967 Cape Goliard/Grossman collection TV Baby Poems is our focus today, and a live reading of it that took place, March 15, 1968, at California State University, Sacramento. “…Here[…]
Wichita Vortex Sutra (Automobile Poesy to Nebraska, 1967)
May 5, 2018
Allen’s great impressionistic diary poem, “Wichita Vortex Sutra” (later included in the 1968 City Lights volume,  Planet News)  can be heard here in an early version, (here titled  “Automobile Poesy to Nebraska”), recorded the year previous, at a benefit reading in Manhattan for the New York Workshop in Nonviolence, alongside contributions from[…]
Christopher Smart – 4
April 25, 2018
Allen Ginsberg on “the mad poet”,  Christopher Smart continues AG: Smart is amazing – “Smart went crazy”  (Jack) Kerouac and I wrote a little poem called “Smart Went Crazy” in 1948, talking about Kit Smart).  Kerouac loved this. Kerouac’s long line comes somewhat out of Christopher Smart also. If you notice… Remember[…]
Christopher Smart – 2
April 19, 2018
Selections from Christopher Smart’s Jubilate Agno continues For I pray God to bless improvements in gardening until London be a city of palm-trees. For in my nature I quested for beauty but God, God hath sent me to sea for pearls For the nightly Visitor is at the window of the impenitent,[…]
Gregory Corso (K – Libre) – 2
April 1, 2018
continued from yesterday.  Gregory Corso begins by reading/explaining his poem, “The Whole Mess…Almost” “I went to my room/, sat down,/ opened my pen-knife to open a letter./ Halfway I stopped, /put letter and penknife down, went to the window and opened[…]
Gregory Corso (K – Libre) -1
March 31, 2018
This weekend we feature just one of the innumerable treasures in the Archives at Stanford University (there’ll be many more to come) Today (in two parts, the second tomorrow) Allen Ginsberg’s tape from 1977 of a reading by Gregory Corso.[…]