Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 220

The Essential Ginsberg



Next Tuesday (May 26th) is the official publication-date for the new Allen Ginsberg book (published by HarperCollins in the United States and by Penguin in the United Kingdom and Australia) – The Essential Ginsberg (a vital – indeed, essential – 400-page plus compendium, covering the entire range of his art, skillfully edited by his biographer, Michael Schumacher – curiously, the first such one-volume survey).  Lawrence Ferlinghetti notes that it is “An intellectually impeccable selection, distilling Ginsberg as visionary mystic and dark prophet foretelling what people in power didn’t want to hear”. Michael McClure writes: “In these memory orchards … Read More

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Next week (next Tuesday) is  Hal Willner’s LA “Howl” extravaganza.

The following day is Earth Day – courtesy WNYC’s Spinning on Air, in New York, at The Greene Space  there’ll be an Earth Day Special with Patti Smith, Anne Waldman, Laurie Anderson and others – A live web-cast of the event will be available here.    The following day –  Thursday April the 9th – (for all you poètes maudits) is Charles Baudelaire‘s birthday.

Tomorrow (April the 4th)  Chogyam Trungpa‘s Parinirvana.

This Sunday at City Lights, Marc Olmsted reads (in honor … Read More

Anne Waldman’s Birthday

Anne Waldman‘s (70th) birthday today. We direct you to some of our earlier Anne Waldman birthday posts – here, here, here and here Here is Anne at the Academy of American Poets in 2013, discoursing on “Reading and Writing Long Poems”  

Here’s Anne from November last year (with her son, Ambrose Bye) performing at Lake Forest College (in the context of the William Burroughs Centennial). She begins with some comments on Burroughs (including a reading of his “Cold Lost Marbles“), before launching into some selections from her own work, (Gossamurmur, Manatee/HumanityRead More

William Burroughs’ 101 (July 1985 reading at Naropa)

William S Burroughs at 101 – All of the focus on the Centennial last year, but the time has come around again.  February 5 – It’s William Burroughs’ birthday. To celebrate we’re running this audio – an inspired July 1985 reading at Naropa (select readings from 1983’s The Place of Dead Roads and 1986’s The Cat Inside). [After some announcements regarding upcoming Naropa activities from Anne Waldman, (and additional announcements from Allen), Allen, (at approximately two-and-three-quarter minutes in), introduces William Burroughs]  AG: William Burroughs at the present age of seventy-one, has been teaching at Naropa steadily, every … Read More

Naropa at 40

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman
[top – Chogyam Trungpa – middle – Jerome Rothenberg, Anne Waldman, Peter Orlovsky, Allen Ginsberg, Chogyam Trungpa, Diane di Prima, unidentified student, William Burroughs – bottom Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman] ]
In New York City today – all-day celebration of the 40-year anniversary of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University
Allen, in the Summer of 1986 (on the hitherto Naropa Institute, being granted its coveted accreditation) – “It’s a really good thing to create a school where the basis of the studies is wisdom. I feel proud of that. I feel like I’ve done something
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1980 Naropa – Ginsberg-Clausen-Whalen reading

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[Allen Ginsberg, Andy Clausen, Philip Whalen]

July 23 1980 at the Naropa Institute – Allen Ginsberg, Philip Whalen and Andy Clausen (Anne Waldman introduces Allen and Philip, Allen introduces Andy Clausen) courtesy of the Naropa Archives, the audio can be accessed here and here Anne Waldman:  Welcome to this second session (of the)  Jack Kerouac reading-series opening, and tonight we’re going to be hearing Allen Ginsberg and musicians, and Andy Clausen, and guest-poet Philip Whalen….. The order tonight will be Allen reading and performing first, then Andy, then Philip, each about twenty-five minutes, then we’ll have a break, and … Read More

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October 31, it has to be said, always makes us feel a little schiz-y. It’s the anniversary of the birth of the English poet John Keats and the celebration of that great Howling night, Halloween. Regarding the former, we’re happy to announce that the entire text of Allen’s crucial essay, “Negative Capability – Kerouac’s Buddhist Ethic” (“negative capability” is, of course, John Keats’ memorable phrase) is now back and available on-line. Regarding … Read More

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We Are Continually Exposed To The Flashbulb of Death” – The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg 1953-1996 continues at the University of Toronto Art Center. Barbara Fischer, the director of the Center discusses the exhibition and the extraordinary trove of photos – here. The William Blake Trust is trying to save William Blake’s cottage and are launching, starting today, an on-line crowdfunding campaign. Read more about this very worthy cause here. and here.       We have until Halloween (the 31st of October)  

Cottage in Blake's Milton


And more poets and fund-raising projects – Lawrence Ferlinghettiin San Francisco’s North … Read More

Cross Worlds


“Transcultural Poetics”, global action, cross-cultural activity, is something we’re very much in support of here. Transcultural Poetics, the new anthology from Coffee House Press, drawing from the wealth of material available in the archives of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa is thus a timely, welcome and inspiring collection. It celebrates, as the publishers declare, “the leap, the engaged jolt of creation and recognition that cultural hybrids and transcultural alliances and associations spark”. “In essays, conversations, and Socratic raps, it celebrates, interrogates, and annotates the vital work poets perform when they write across borders”. … Read More