Memorial Day – Harry Smith’s Birthday
May 29, 2017
Harry Smith‘s birthday today, born in Portland, Oregon, May 29, 1923. Allen certainly admired, and took a great many pictures of Harry (more indeed than almost any other subject).  Here is just a sampling of a few of them, various locations, but mostly in Allen’s kitchen, East 12th Street NYC, 1984-1989. See[…]
Larry Fagin (1937-2017)
May 28, 2017
Larry Fagin, poet, editor, teacher, long-time leading member of the so-called “New York School” of poetry, died yesterday. He was 79 years old. An important co-worker with Allen at Naropa (and, coincidentally, upstairs neighbour in his 12th Street tenement in Manhattan), he was, (though not himself a Buddhist), alongside fellow St Marks[…]
Allen Ginsberg at Cheltenham 1993
May 27, 2017
Allen Ginsberg, in 1993, reading at the Cheltenham Literature Festival in England. The feature today on The Allen Ginsberg Project. Allen reads a selection of poems, (mostly from White Shroud and the, subsequently-published Cosmpolitan Greetings Introduction: Good evening everybody and some of you I’m sure came to the event where Allen Ginsberg[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 317
May 26, 2017
Today is the anniversary of Trungpa’s Rinpoche’s Buddhist cremation ceremony. Thirty years ago today, ‘”more than two thousand students and friends” gathered, “in a meadow ringed with pine and maple[…]
Edward Herbert
May 25, 2017
  Continuing with Allen’s 1980 Naropa lectures, he seems here under the impression that he’s annotating further the poems of George Herbert, These next poems , however, are, in fact, from Herbert’s older brother, Edward Herbert, himself  (amongst other achievements) an accomplished[…]
Bob Dylan’s Birthday
May 24, 2017
  Bob Dylan‘s birthday today. 76 years old “On Reading Dylan’s Writings” – “A poem for the laurels that you win,” – Allen Ginsberg in Buffalo, circa 1974. Courtesy the ever-extraordinary Pennsound (and with a special shout-out to George Drury) The audio may be listened to –  here AG: I’m reading Bob[…]
George Herbert – 9 (“Love” – 2)
May 22, 2017
Allen Ginsberg continues to examine George Herbert’s poem “Love” Student: Allen, isn’t there a sense, in that last bit, of a change from “My dear” to “I will serve you”? AG: Yes, I was wondering what that means. I don’t understand that.[…]
Saturday May 20 (Robert Creeley)
May 20, 2017
Robert Creeley would have been ninety-one tomorrow, May 21st (he died in 2005). In honor of the great man and his birthday, we present, this weekend, another transcription from the extraordinary Bay Area Writers series (from back in 1975-76) – (see also here and here) – Rudimentary recording equipment, so there are,[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 316
May 19, 2017
Excited to have received early advance copies  of  Pat Thomas‘ remarkable follow-up to the The Last Word on First Blues  CD-set, (release-date isn’t until June 23) – the  two-CD re-packaging of the Blake[…]