News from New York – it seems that this summer’s regular Howl! Festival won’t be happening this year. More on that story here – and here
In memoriam – here is a group reading of “Howl” (from the 2010 Howl! Fest)
and here is “Plutonian Ode” (from the following year, likewise ensemble).
Rose Lesniak’s Manhattan Poetry Video Project, from 1984 (three poetry-videos, Allen Ginsberg,Anne Waldman, and Bob Holman) was, unquestionably, pioneering in its time. This was a good decade-and-more before the United States of Poetry, and the subsequent rise and development of now-ubiquitous video technology (a good two-decades-and-more before, even, the baby-steps of You Tube!)
Allen’s contribution, reading “Father Death Blues”, is particularly poignant, because the film shoot was on Ellis Island (the old Ellis Island, before it had been refurbished and given its $156 million make-over/restoration)
“Father Death, Don’t cry any more/Mama’s there, underneath the floor/ … Read More