Allen Ginsberg reads Iron Horse in London 1967

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Iron Horse Allen Ginsberg, 1973, Coach House Press, Toronto

From the University of Iowa’s University Archives Allen Ginsberg recorded in London in August of 1967AG: Beginning then (first) with an invocation to Sarasawti, Hindu goddess of  learning music and poetry, and mantra, Bengali mantra to Saraswati –  “Jaya Jaya Devi….”(“Victory Victory goddess..”)

If you can’t hear me, as I go along, will you interrupt me, and if you can’t hear my father also, let us know. What I’m going to read now is a continuation of a long poem on these States, part of.. I read

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Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 292

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It’s been a monumental week.   Here at the Ginsberg blog now on Ginsberg.org we’re transitioning (as you see) from our old site to our new presence (part of the spruce-up of the entire site). Some work remains, protecting and reconstituting our archives, (not to mention, other aspects of the site), meticulously going through old posts one-by-one, so bear with us.

Meanwhile, like the rest of the world, still reeling, Here’s the ACLU’s statement.

Not enough that a madman is handed keys to the world.   The death, yesterday, aged 82, of poet-troubadour legendary rock star, Leonard Cohen.  R.I.P.

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Robert Frank’s Birthday

November 9th 2016, Robert Frank‘s 92nd birthday. We celebrate the great photographer-film-makerHere‘s Nicholas Dawidoff’s profile from last year in the New York Times – The Man Who Saw America. And here’s Nicholas Davidoff’s recent review of  Robert Frank, the filmmaker in The New Yorker 

Laura Israel‘s unique ciné-portrait Don’t Blink Robert Frank opened earlier this year to almost-universally enthusiastic reviews. “Frank is delightful company, as emotionally transparent and offhandedly insightful in person, as he is in his art”, writes Elise Nakhnikian in Slant magazine. “Frank insists, “I’m not a verbal man. I have nothing … Read More

“Trembling Lambs”

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William Blake – title-page of America a Prophecy copy A (printed 1795) – collection of the Morgan Library

 

Allen, writing, prophetically, in 1959:

AG: “Recent history is the record of a vast conspiracy to impose one level of mechanical consciousness on mankind and exterminate all manifestations of that unique part of human sentience, identical in all men, which the individual shares with his Creator. The suppression of contemplative individuality is nearly complete…”

“Because systems of mass communication can communicate only officially acceptable levels of reality, no one can ever know the extent of the secret unconscious life. No one … Read More

Remembering Pasolini

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Our earlier (2013) posting on Pier Paolo Pasolini, due to a technical error, was unfortunately, and unintentionally, deleted. On the occasion of the anniversary (now the 41st year anniversary) of his assassination, we now restore and republish it here. Today marks the date (the 38th year anniversary) [now 41st – sic] of the assassination of Pier Paolo Pasolini. Following the recantation of his confession in 2005 by Pino Pelosi (“Pino the Frog”), the precise details of his homophobic and racist murder still remain unclear. Andreas Pichler’s recent documentary (made as a co-production for French tv, … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 291

The big news today. Upcoming on the Ginsberg site, we’re working on a number of upgrades and changes. Stay tuned (and bear with us as we iron out all of the issues of transition). Starting next week, we’ll no longer be with blogger, the blog will be accessible, instead, via a newly-vamped and considerably-improved ginsberg.org site. We anticipate a few problems vis a vis access to some of the older posts (the archives), but, don’t worry, we’re on the case with this and we’ll have everything back up, accessible and better-than-ever, before too long.… Read More

Spenser – Like As A Huntsman..

Edmund Spenser (1552-1599)

AG: Okay, next – (Edmund) Spenser! – We’ll have a little bit of Spenser anyway. Page one-sixty —page one-sixty . I thought that one long sonnet, an odd sonnet he’s got there. We’ll take one sonnet anyway. Did we do this? Did we do that Sonnet 67 [Amoretti LXVII] ? on page one-sixty? – Well, it’s kind of witty and kind of interesting. Since we haven’t much of Spenser, lets just… Can somebody read that sonnet aloud? somebody who’s got the…Could you perhaps? [Allen turns to Student (Pat)] Well, Pat (sic), I think you’ve got … Read More

Greensleeves

“My Lady Greensleeves” – Dante Gabriel Rossetti  (1828-1882) – oil on panel  33 x 27.3 cms (1863) at the Fogg Art Museum (Harvard University), Cambridge, Massachusetts

AG: And has anybody ever… everybody knows Greensleeves don’t they? Has anybody ever heard all the lyrics of Greensleeves? – They’re here? – Are they in our book here? Is Greensleeves in this book? –  I think so  – It’s of the same time and from one of these Miscellanies – A Miscellany from 1584 called “A Handful of Pleasant Delights”, where Greensleeves first was printed. Is it listed in the … Read More