George Herbert – 8 (“Love” – 1)
May 18, 2017
AG: So, (George Herbert’s)  “Love Bade Me Welcome” – “Love bade me welcome. Yet my soul drew back Guilty of dust and sin./But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack/ From my first entrance in,/Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning, If I lacked any thing.”[…]
W.B.Yeats’ Crazy Jane
May 17, 2017
AG: (George Herbert’s) “Love” next – “Love – 3” . I thought maybe, in some of his most amazing .. It’s a little bit like the famous “Crazy Jane” poem by William Butler Yeats?, you know? ( I think I recited it in the last class) – “I met the bishop on[…]
George Herbert -7 (“Death” – 2)
May 16, 2017
Allen Ginsberg and his Naropa students continue their discussion about George Herbert’s metaphysical poem, “Death” Student; I love the reasoning (in the poem)…. AG: Well, it’s not so much reasoning. It’s just making up, you know, some funny ideas about death Student: (Yeah, I know – (our close) relationship to death) AG[…]
Happy Birthday Wavy Gravy
May 15, 2017
[ Wavy Gravy (Hugh Romney) – Photograph by Allen Ginsberg –  Ginsberg caption – “Wavy Gravy & his rubber nose, giant Seva Benefit organized by Ram Dass at Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, Manhattan November 26,1988, seven thousand soul attending, Wavy the M.C. for part of the evening, here in a[…]
Studs Terkel interviews Allen Ginsberg, 1976 – part two
May 14, 2017
Allen Ginsberg and Studs Terkel continuing from here [At approximately half-way through their conversation, approximately thirty-two minutes in, Allen sings “Gospel Noble Truths” (“Born in this world, you’ve got to suffer..”) making several improvised additions –  (“no permanent soul!”,  “the dharma chakra”,  “Look what you’ve done – 1968” – “Let go, Studs!”)[…]
Studs Terkel Interviews Allen Ginsberg, 1976 – part one
May 13, 2017
We’ve already featured the classic 1959 Studs Terkel  WFMT radio interview with Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky and Gregory Corso in seven sections – here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. We also featured Allen and Philip Glass on Studs Terkel’s show in 1990 – here and here We’ll[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 315
May 12, 2017
From Steve Silberman‘s review of the new Allen Ginsberg book, Bill Morgan‘s selection of Allen’s lectures, Best Minds of My Generation, which appeared last weekend in the San Francisco Chronicle:   “Scholarly, wide-ranging and full of penetrating insight and fascinating literary gossip, the[…]
George Herbert – 6 – (“Death” – 1)
May 11, 2017
Allen Ginsberg on George Herbert continues AG: However, when you get to “Death” on the next page. There. you get something almost Shakespearean. It’s so good, as far as its… And here what he’s done is got a stanza form which is – “Death thou wast once an un-couth hid-eous thing” –[…]
George Herbert – 5 (Discipline)
May 10, 2017
Allen Ginsberg on George Herbert continues  AG: So, (his poem), Discipline, (page two-ninety-eight) –  Let’s see.. Yeah, here’s another, where he wrote..  where the short line is in the third – (rod/wrath/God/path, desire/bent/aspire/consent) – “(The) Discipline” – “Throw away thy rod,/ Throw away thy wrath:[…]
George Herbert – 4 (The Collar)
May 9, 2017
  Allen Ginsberg on George Herbert continues “The Collar” – (page two-ninety-four) –  is..  is an odd one, because it’s totally bhakti, totally devotional, (a real prayer, but it’s a rare one, in a sense…he… Herbert occasionally breaks through with an absolutely straight emotional and clear heart thought and[…]