[Allen Ginsberg at Capel-y-Ffin (“Wales Visitation”), 1967 – Photo: Tom Maschler]
“…rubber booted in soft grass, mind moveless, /breath trembles in white daisies by the roadside, Heaven breath and my own symmetric/ Airs wavering thru antlered green fern
drawn in my navel,/ same breath as breathes thru Capel-Y-Ffin..” (from “Wales Visitation”)
Eco-watch – They’re thinking of putting a telecommunications mast in one of the most beautiful parts of the Llanthony Valley. Read more about the resistance here
[David McReynolds, March 18. 1960 (sic) letter to Allen Ginsberg]
[David McReynolds (1929-2018) with his cat, Shaman – Photograph by Ed Hedemann]
The great pacifist activist David McReynolds died on Friday August 17 (this past Friday), aged 88, following a fall he sustained at his New York City home. We deeply mourn his passing.
His obituary in The Washington Post, by Harrison Smith (“David McReynolds, gay socialist pacifist, who twice ran for president, dies at 88”), can be accessed here. The informative New York Times obituary (by Jacey Fortin) may be found – here (and Ellen Moynihan’s notice in the … Read More
“The coroner’s office said Clark’s official time of death at Highland Hospital was listed as 12:56 a.m. Saturday.”
His extraordinary and unique “blog” Beyond The Pale, the singular devotion of these last nine years, filed its final post, Friday. One assumes there would have been a Saturday epistle (Clark was a phenomenon, writing well into the night), now there won’t be one.
That amalgam of rigorously selected photography … Read More
[Ed & Miriam Sanders – Woodstock, NY, April 1993 – photo: Allen Ginsberg]
Today Friday August 17, Ed Sanders‘ 79th birthday. Is there anyone more maverick, indefatigable? – ““Noli in spiritu combueri” – Salute! – Refuse to be burnt out!”
Ed’s been featured many times here on The Allen Ginsberg Project – see, for example, the two birthday postings here and here, our note on his voluminous archive – here, his notes on Allen here and here, a 1986 Naropa reading – here, a class on “Investigative Poetry” here and here, WNET footage of the ‘Sixties … Read More
“What better image of.. institutionalized complacency could be imagined than the assigning of Ginsberg’s verse to the nation’s future military elite, who – far from being scandalized by lines like “Go fuck yourself with your atom bomb” (from “America,” perhaps Ginsberg’s finest poem)- approach the reading with the dutiful ennui of students everywhere. Howl, like Ulysses and Lolita, has become homework.
But the poem, Robbins notes, “still razzle-dazzles today, this run-on prophetic mode of drug culture and madness, Whitmanian catalogue tuned to Blake-inflected beatific visionary blab with … Read More
AG: “That the Poetic Genius is the true Man. and that the body or outward form of Man is dervied from the Poetic Genius” (William Blake) – “…it’s just a very simple point that he’s saying, (which) is that anything, any life lived, is lived according to the interpretation of the guy who’s living. In that sense, “Poetic Genius”. In that sense, poetic. Poesis is making. Actually “poet” means “maker”, interestingly enough. The root, etymologically, of “poetry” is “making”. So, it’s like the universe is what we make up. So … Read More