Friday Weekly Round-Up – 109
January 18, 2013
Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg. The long-awaited Kill Your Darlings opens at the Sundance Film Festival today. More on that in the days ahead. And more too on the adaptation of Kerouac’s Big Sur (also opening in the coming weeks at Sundance). Still with the movies, Chris Felver‘s documentary, Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth[…]
Spontaneous Poetics (Ballads) – 26
January 16, 2013
 AG: “Come All Ye” – Well, the form of the “Come All Ye” (was what) I was interested in here. Do we have (that) here? Bruce Martin: The which? AG: “Come All Ye” Bruce Martin: Oh yeah. (T)here it is. AG: Yeah. “Edwin” – “Come all ye wild young people” –[…]
Spontaneous Poetics (Ballads) – 25
January 15, 2013
 AG: So (Bruce Martin’s) own ballad, “William and the… BM: Lambeth AG:  …Lambeth Witches.  So “William and the Lambeth Witches” BM: One comment on this is (that) the.. AG: (This ballad is by) Bruce Martin BM:[…]
Spontaneous Poetics (Ballads) – 24 (Tam Lin)
January 14, 2013
AG: Okay, what else do we have (besides) “Thomas the Rhymer”? Bruce Martin; We have “Tam Lin”. AG: Okay, “Tam Lin”. BM: Alright. “Tam Lin:. Has anyone ever heard “Tam Lin” AG: I never did. Student: Sure. BM: Oh, great. AG: You know it? BM: It’s a… AG: Who else? […]
San Francisco 1957 Silent Footage
January 12, 2013
We featured footage from the San Francisco Bay Area Television Archives a couple of weeks ago. Here’s more – silent footage from circa 1957 – San Francisco, City Lights, Lawrence Ferlinghetti – a very particular time and place – courtesy KPIX (Channel 5) news – “Includes scenes of Lawrence Ferlinghetti arranging copies[…]
Herbert Huncke’s Birthday
January 9, 2013
Herbert Huncke – “American hipster” – hustler and saint, poet and story-teller, central source for the Beats, “the man who turned on William Burroughs” –  Today would have been (he made it to his 81st) Huncke’s[…]
Spontaneous Poetics (Ballads) – 23 – (Thomas The Rhymer)
January 8, 2013
AG: Let’s see what else there is.   Those , I think, were the best, the most interesting of all the ballad phrases, fragments. Except, yeah, there was a classic ballad that Bruce Martin did, So, I could turn the class over to you for a few moments, because..[…]
Spontaneous Poetics (Ballads) 22 – (AG & Students)
January 7, 2013
We pick up again on Allen’s Spontaneous Poetry (Ballad) lectures (see earlier examples  here, here and here) delivered at the Naropa Institute,Boulder, Colorado in July and August of 1976. This particular section dates from a June 16 class. Allen selects various fragments, ”mots justes”, ”cooked diamonds”, “active” lines, drawing on student examples)[…]
John Wieners Birthday
January 6, 2013
[John Wieners & Allen Ginsberg, Allen’s East 12th St apt, October 3, 1985. Photo snapped by Raymond Foye. c Allen Ginsberg Estate] The late great poet, John Wieners would have been 79 years old today. Happy Birthday, dear John, in Eternity, in Heaven! We’ll point you, first of all, to our 2011[…]
Allen on Dylan – A Loveable Genius
January 5, 2013
 Always a good thing to have an excuse to publicize the extraordinary San Francisco State (SFSU) Poetry Archives (this one actually from the San Francisco Bay Area Television Archives, but no matter!). Here’s a little snippet recently posted of Allen and Bob Dylan (vintage footage from 1965) – Allen on Dylan[…]