Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 381
August 31, 2018
The Beats and Women – that continually thorny topic (we noted last week Blair Hurley’s Paris Review article – You might also recall Lynnette Lounsbury’s piece in The[…]
Elazar Larry Freifeld Tel Aviv 1988 Interview
March 3, 2018
Allen Ginsberg in Israel. This interview with Elazar Larry Freifeld was conducted at Tel Aviv University in 1988, and published in Moznaim (in Hebrew). It appeared a year later (In English) in The Tel Aviv Review, and most[…]
Charles Reznikoff (Te Deum)
August 31, 2017
TE DEUM Not because of victories I sing, having none, but for the common sunshine, the breeze, the largess of the spring. Not for victory but for the day’s work done as well as I was able, not for a seat upon the dais but at the[…]
Objectivism at Michigan Poetry Conference , 1973
August 19, 2017
Our feature today – the extraordinary gathering on Objectivist poetics that took place in 1973 in Allendale Michigan and Allen’s participation in it. We are indebted to the labors (both with video and transcription) of Steel Wagstaff. His introduction to the occasion (on the poetry-site, Dispatches)  may be read here. Below is[…]
Charles Reznikoffs Birthday
August 31, 2016
It’s Charles Reznikoff‘s birthday. For more Charles Reznikoff postings on the Allen Ginsberg Project – see here and here, and here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here , here, here, here and here (a thirteen-part series of Naropa lectures from 1978 that we[…]
The Tradition of Reznikoff & Williams
October 26, 2015
William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)  – Photograph via University of Pennsylvania Archives AG:…..in that Williams was still preoccupied by some kind of modernism, some kind[…]
Basic Poetics 6 – (Actual Perception v Pure Bullshit)
October 15, 2015
Student: (I think) his style (David Cope‘s style) puts forth the position of being an observer rather than it being (creative). Instead of things coming out of the mind, the poet simply reflects what he sees..)AG: I think it’s a semantic question, actually. I mean, you know, he doesn’t simply reflect what he[…]
Basic Poetics 3 – (David Cope – 1)
October 12, 2015
David Cope – Photograph by Allen Ginsberg – © The Estate of Allen Ginsberg AG: Now,  I want to skip on to a modern poet called David Cope, who’s about thirty years old who writes, very much, specifically in this tradition of “minute particulars”, specificity,[…]
Basic Poetics – 2 (Kerouac, Reznikoff and Williams)
October 6, 2015
        Jack Kerouac, Charles Reznikoff and William Carlos Williams Allen’s 1980 Naropa Basic Poetics continues Student: Is that the only valid poetry then, citing particulars? AG: Well, that’s a generalization. Student: Okay  AG: All I’m saying is there’s lots of poetry like that, you know, an enormous amount of poetry[…]
“Mind is shapely, Art is shapely”
June 10, 2015
AG: Yes? Student: I was wondering if you were (suggesting poetry and meditation) in the same (breath as)  functions of the mind?[…]