Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 385
September 28, 2018
Next week in Vienna. The annual conference of the European Beat Studies Network, starting on Wednesday and concluding Saturday October 6th The program includes – on Friday:  Franca Bellarsi –  “Allen Ginsberg’s Ecopoetics: Oscillating between Sentience-in-Interdependence and Physically-Determined Embodiment” – on Saturday (on the “Transnational Beat” segment) – Antonín Zita – “Dismantling[…]
July the 4th – America
July 4, 2018
How could we not (re)publish this? What(‘s) happened to America? America America I’ve given you all and now I’m nothing. America two dollars and twentyseven cents January 17, 1956. I can’t stand my own mind. America when will we end the human war? Go fuck yourself with your atom bomb. I don’t[…]
Allen Ginsberg – Richland College reading – part 1
September 30, 2017
Another gem from the Stanford Archive – Allen reading at Richland Community College, Dallas, Texas, in 1980. Video technology was in its infancy, and the performance (with student musicians) typically impromptu, so bear with the amateur nature of this tape, but it more than makes up for it, with memorable renditions of  […]
America, America
July 3, 2017
  Allen Ginsberg’s classic poem “America” is one we tend to trot out around this time   (like every Thanksgiving, it’ll be William Burroughs’ “Thanksgiving Prayer”  and every Allen’s birthday,[…]
Terry Gross Interview, 1994
October 8, 2016
  Terry Gross. 1987 in the studio on NPR’s “Fresh Air”     “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn, looking for an angry fix” TG: Allen Ginsberg, reading his now classic poem “Howl”. Ginsberg was a cultural hero[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 246
November 27, 2015
Guillaume Apollinaire – Zone – Selected Poems – “The fruit of poet-translator Ron Padgett‘s fifty-year engagement with the work of France’s greatest modern poet” –   (a bilingual edition) – has just been published by the New York Review Books.  Don’t miss it.   For Allen Ginsberg on Apollinaire – […]
The 1996 National Security Archive Interview part 1
May 30, 2015
                                   Poetry and politics – The ‘Fifties and the ‘Sixties. Allen Ginsberg’s  August 8 1996 interview with the National Security Archive at George Washington University, which appears on their web-site (and was cited last week in our post about Allen’s FBI  […]
July 4th and America
July 4, 2014
America أمــــــــــــــــــريـــــــــكـــــــــــــا . أمريكا لقد منحتك كل شيء وها أنا الآن لا شيء أمريكا، دولارين وسبعة وعشرين سنتيمات، سبعة عشر ينايرألف وتسع مائة وست وخمسين . أنا لا أستطيع أن أحافظ على رأيي الخاص أمريكا متى سننهي الحرب على الإنسانية؟ انكحي نفسك بقنبلتك الذرية! أنا لا أشعر أنني بحالة جيدة . لا[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 154
November 29, 2013
“America, I am the Scottsboro Boys“, Allen famously declared in one of the many memorable lines in his classic 1956 poem, America.  This past November 21 (last Thursday) the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles granted (some eighty years later!) posthumous pardons clearing the last of the group of nine black youths[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 138
August 9, 2013
Introducing the Holy Litany Project. M.L.Kejara and Akina Rahman Khan hit upon the  interesting idea of perhaps updating Allen’s classic “America” for the 21st Century. They’re sending out an open call (0n Facebook) for new lines, new strophes – “We will try to emulate Ginsberg’s style..and update his work with our burning[…]