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Ginsberg on Kerouac (Columbia Days – 5)
January 30, 2023
Kerouac sleeping – photograph by Burt Glinn Allen Ginsberg on Jack Kerouac and Columbia days continues from here AG: And Dean McKnight faced me across the desk and said, “Mr Ginsberg, I hope you realize the enormity of what you’re done” – unquote – And I said, “Oh, I do sir, I do, If you […]
Anselm Hollo
January 29, 2023
Our dear friend, poet Anselm Hollo passed away on this date, ten years ago today. We salute him and remember him fondly and are thrilled to announce the posthumous publication, later this year, of The Collected Poems of Anselm Hollo (edited by John Bloomberg-Rissman and Yasmina Ghiasi), over 1,700 poems, a thrilling 1,000 pages! “The Collected […]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 500
January 27, 2023
500! -500 Weekly Round-ups! – We guess we have to take the champagne out. Well, we hope there’ll be at least five hundred more. Here’s the very first Friday Round-Up from back in November 12, 2010   Well, we’ve talked about it in the past and many people are these days talking about it – […]
Ginsberg on Kerouac (Columbia Days – 4)
January 26, 2023
Ginsberg on Jack Kerouac and Columbia days continues from here AG: So I went into Dean McKnight‘s office. Now I had already read (the) Celine that Burroughs had given me.  The beginning of the Celine Journey To The End of the Night is – he and his friend Robinson are at a cafe drinking, getting a […]
Ginsberg on Kerouac (Columbia Days – 3)
January 25, 2023
Allen Ginsberg at Columbia with fellow-students, Riverside Park, New York c.1948 Ginsberg on Kerouac and Columbia  continues from here  AG:  The day Kerouac had come to see me I had noticed that the windows were dirty. We had a blue-clad uniformed scrub-lady that would come, an old Irish lady (that I thought was a little […]
Ginsberg on Kerouac (Columbia Days – 2)
January 24, 2023
Nicholas McKnight, Dean of Columbia College (Columbia University) from 1931 until his retirement in 1957 Ginsberg on Kerouac (and early days at Columbia) continues from here AG:  So the Dean had called my father in and complained and various other parents had been called in but my father had gone to Columbia University and he […]
Ginsberg on Kerouac continues (Columbia Days)
January 23, 2023
Hal Chase, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William Burroughs in Morningside Heights, New York, 1945 Allen Ginsberg memories of the young Jack Kerouac continues from here AG: Let’s see.  I think that is before that then. So Kerouac was coming back and forth to New York from his home, father not yet fallen ill, I […]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 499
January 20, 2023
Claudio Willer (1940-2023 Sad to report the death last week (last Friday) of Claudio Willer,  a significant figure in Brazilian letters – poet, translator, critic, Beat scholar and, most notably, Allen’s Brazilian translator – Uivo, Kaddish et outs poems (Howl, Kaddish and Other Poems), was first published in 1984 and remains the standard Portuguese text. Detailed files showing the […]
Poe-Day
January 19, 2023
 “Edgar Allan Poe”. – D.W.Griffith‘s 1909 silent film, based on the life of Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) Edgar Allan Poe‘s birthday today.   We’ve written extensively on the Poe-Ginsberg connection – see, most significantly,  here –  (also here, here, here, here, and here) We featured last year, poet Gregory Corso‘s charming painting/visualization of Poe. Here‘s […]
Beverly Isis (1955-2013)
January 18, 2023
Beverly Isis (1955-2013) Peter Orlovsky & Beverly Isis A curious story. The following postcard inexplicably appeared this past month, down by the mailboxes of 437 East 12th Street, Allen Ginsberg & Peter Orlovsky‘s old New York City apartment building, postmarked 8th of August 8, 1989. (Beverley passed away, October 11, 2013, Peter passed away three […]
Anne Waldman – Bard, Kinetic
January 17, 2023
Bard, Kinetic, Anne Waldman‘s latest collection, is published today Laurie Anderson writes: “Sweeping and intimate, fierce and electric, Anne Waldman is seer, muse, and sage feminist, fast-talking on all frequencies.  Bard, Kinetic is a collection of poems; deep, sharp, generous portraits – feminafestos – ; and ecstatic rants in her many voices. She notices, expounds, […]
Allen Ginsberg – First Meeting with William Burroughs
January 16, 2023
“’Tis too starved an argument for my sword” – William S Burroughs at Allen’s East 7th St apartment, New York City, Fall 1953.  Photo by Allen Ginsberg  (c). Allen Ginsberg Estate Allen Ginsberg’s June 1977 Naropa class on Jack Kerouac’s (focusing on) Vanity of Duluoz continues from here. Here Allen recalls his first meeting with William Burroughs AG: […]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 498
January 13, 2023
Wang Ping‘s video reports and updates on the great Gary Snyder (see here, here, and here continue with this New Year’s update. Here’s Ping’s report: “Enter 2023 with food, joy and poetry Rain, snow and thunder at Kitkitdizze, but Gary’s house is filled with joy, laughter, sounds of cooking. It’s a big gathering: Gary, Kai, Gen, […]
Allen Ginsberg at Marquette University, 1988
January 12, 2023
Allen Ginsberg’s reading, following William Burroughs, at Marquette University, 1988  (beginning approximately thirty minutes in) is notated and transcribed here: AG: What I’d like to do, it being quarter after nine,  I’ll read for three-quarters of an hour or so, or half an hour, adjust the microphone since it’s been used…if you’ll excuse me, and start […]
William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg at Marquette 1988
January 12, 2023
William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg at Marquette University Milwaukee, Wisconsin  March 3 1988 Burroughs reads first – He reads six short pieces – “Words of Advice For Young People”, “Mind Your Own Business” “The Do-Rights”, “Twilight’s Last Gleaming”, “One God Universe”  and “The Unworthy Vessel”   William S Burroughs begins his reading with “Words of Advice […]