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Ferlinghetti’s 100th Birthday!
March 24, 2019
HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI “PITY THE NATION” (After Khalil Gibran) Pity the nation whose people are sheep And whose shepherds mislead them Pity the nation whose leaders are liars Whose sages are silenced And whose bigots haunt the airwaves Pity the nation that raises not its voice Except  to praise conquerers And acclaim the […]
Ferlinghetti & Howl
March 23, 2019
Lawrence Ferlinghetti birthday weekend. The actual birthday’s tomorrow. Check out our yesterday’s Ferlinghetti post. We feature today Ronald K L Collins and David M Skover‘s new book, The People v Ferlinghetti – The Fight to Publish Allen Ginsberg’s Howl. From the publisher’s note: “Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s name does not appear in any First Amendment treatise or […]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 410
March 22, 2019
Ferlinghetti’s one hundredth birthday this weekend – Sunday. Lawrence, from the City Lights web-site: “Lawrence Ferlinghetti would like everyone to know that although he won’t be attending any of the various events being planned to honor his 100th birthday, he’s inviting everyone to participate and have a good time: “I’m happy to hear that there […]
Proverbs from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell – 10
March 20, 2019
continuing from yesterday “Improvement makes straight roads but the crooked roads without improvement are roads of genius” Student: Allen.. why is (“improvement”) that way? AG: Let’s take a look at the original and see. {Allen refers to his books) It’s the.. almost the end of “The Proverbs of Hell”…What did he do there? He probably mis-spelled it […]
Proverbs from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell – 9
March 19, 2019
AG: So, “If the lion were advised by the fox, he would be cunning” – Well, that’s just human nature, a little comment on. I don’t make much of that. It’s just like a little child’s aphorism, (but it might be useful to somebody). Although that next one, I think is great, because it’s the… […]
Proverbs from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell – 8
March 18, 2019
Allen Ginsberg on William Blake continues AG: This is… th(is) next one is appropriate to literary criticism – “As the air to a bird, or the sea to a fish, so is contempt to the contemptible.” – There’s a guy on the New York Times that’s constantly putting put-down reviews of (William) Burroughs and (Jack) […]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 409
March 15, 2019
Lawrence Ferlinghetti birthday week begins this week in San Francisco, starting this Sunday, March 17th, at 1.p.m, at The San Francisco Public Library on Larkin Street, in the Koret Auditorium, an afternoon celebration, hosted by Neeli Cherkovski – with Jack Hirschman, Aggie Falk, Kim Shuck, Linda Noel, Dean Rader, devorah major, Alejandro Murguía, Ginny Lim, and Janice […]
Proverbs from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell – 7
March 14, 2019
Allen Ginsberg on William Blake continues The head Sublime, the heart Pathos, the genitals Beauty…” (that’s terrific! – “the genitals Beauty”! – there weren’t many poets who were liberal and soft-hearted and imaginative enough to say that one – “the genitals Beauty” – Most poets would take a kind of setting-sun view, a little negative, […]
Proverbs from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell – 6
March 13, 2019
“When thou seest an Eagle, thou seest a portion of Genius, lift up thy head!” AG: Well, like, you have to look up at the eagle. “Lift up thy head”. And then I think there’s an eagle, a great eagle somewhere (else) in this.. lets see.. The eagle is Genius always, and there’s eagles all […]
Jack Kerouac’s Birthday
March 12, 2019
Jack Kerouac to Allen Ginsberg, from the Kerouac-Ginsberg Letters, Jack Kerouac-Allen Ginsberg – The Letters. Jack Kerouac, January 13, 1950, writing from New York. Dear Allen, Tonight while walking on the waterfront in the angelic streets I suddenly wanted to tell you how wonderful I think you are. Please don’t dislike me. What is the […]
Remembering The Great Rememberer (Jack Kerouac)
March 11, 2019
Jack Kerouac‘s birthday tomorrow – he’d have been 97! We’ve featured Jack Kerouac many times here on the Allen Ginsberg Project. Here are just a few selections. In 1973 at Salem State College, Salem, Massachusetts, the first Jack Kerouac Conference, “A Tribute to Jack Kerouac” took place. Footage and a full transcript from that symposium […]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 408
March 8, 2019
International Women’s Day today. Beats and Women. It’s a thorny ol’ question. What place for women? Undeniably a male-driven movement, was it (must it forever be seen as) an alienating, even misogynist, movement?, an irredeemably sexist movement?… Yes, and no – What of the great occluded women? What of half of the culture marginalized and exploited? (rebellion, so […]
Proverbs from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell – 5
March 6, 2019
AG: Here would be…Well, there was an earlier one which says, that we did, that I didn’t read – “Everything possible to be believed is an image of truth”. (line thirty-seven, thirty-eight) – “Everything possible to be believed is an image of truth” – How’s that? – (in relation to what we were just saying). […]
Proverbs from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell – 4 (Defiling the Soul of Sweet Delight)
March 5, 2019
Allen Ginsberg on the Proverbs of Hell from “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell” continues. “The soul of sweet delight can never be defiled” AG: That’s not.. Well, has anybody seen a “soul of sweet delight” recently defiled? – Yeah, I wonder of that’s true. (William) Burroughs has an opposite statement. He says, “Human beings […]
Proverbs from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell – 3
March 4, 2019
Allen Ginsberg on the Proverbs of Hell from “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell” continues. AG: Here’s an interesting one (they’re all interesting, but..)  “The eyes of fire, the nostrils of air, the mouth of water, the beard of earth” I never did quite understand what he’s got, but he’s got a real weird homunculus […]