Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 289
October 14, 2016
Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg, San Francisco, 1965, photo c. Larry Keenan Yesterday’s announcement of Bob Dylan winning the Nobel Prize still has us reeling. Better late than never,  Allen’s letter to the Nobel Committee, from November 20, 1996 (sic): “Dear Members of the Swedish Academy,  For the Nobel Prize in Literature[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 288
October 7, 2016
  Gregory Corso‘s Painting of Edgar Allan Poe October 7, 1849 –  the death of Edgar Allan Poe. More Allen-Ginsberg-on-Poe postings here, here and here October 2017 marks the Centennial of the English poet David Gascoyne. Enitharmon, his English publisher, have taken the occasion to reprint a 1986 letter/memoir/note he wrote to[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 229
July 31, 2015
  From the current issue of Poetry magazine  – more Howl parodies – (we’ve featured several such before –  –  Amy Newman – “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by wedding 
planners, dieting, in shapewear,/ dragging themselves in cute outfits through the[…]
Meditation and Poetics – 94 – Haiku – 7 (Haiku – continued)
May 20, 2015
Meeting, the two old friends laugh aloud                     In the grove, the fallen leaves are many. Packed in and sleeping with others                          Again getting up from this night’s lodging. The wandering poet, Basho, describing his own empty wanderings – “Packed in and sleeping with others/Again getting up from this night’s lodging”. (R.H.) Blyth, who was the author[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 218
April 24, 2015
from a recent interview (Q & A) in the New York Times with poet and translator, Willis Barnstone, (provocatively titled “Willis Barnstone on Translating Mao and Touring Beijing With Allen Ginsberg”): NYT: During your stay in 1984-85, Allen[…]
Spontaneous Poetics – 139
September 23, 2013
    AG: I wanted to find out… Let’s see.. I  took over the space just as Philip Whalen was going to discourse on the languages that he spoke –[…]
Spontaneous Poetics – 130 (Ginsberg & Whalen – Oriental Influences)
September 5, 2013
. AG: There’s another book by (R.H.) Blyth called Senryu Notes Student: Called what? AG:  Senryu Notes – S-E-N-R-Y-U – Is that right?  Philip Whalen: Yeah, yeahAG: “Senryu” means what? Philip Whalen: Senryu is the comical and obscene and.. AG: vulgar? Philip Whalen: ..vulgar, that type of[…]
Spontaneous Poetics -103 – The Blues Intro – 1 (Blues & Ballads)
July 16, 2013
AG: Another current aspect of communal poetics that I also wanted to touch on … is an American form, which began in improvisation, basically, I’m told, an iambic pentameter line. The rhyme scheme AAA, three rhymes in a row – so it’s a triplet, a three-line verse. Usually, the first line and[…]
Friday Weekly Round-Up – 128 (Whitman’s Birthday)
May 31, 2013
Whitman’s birthday today!  (for Whitman-birthday celebration on The Allen Ginsberg Project see here and here) and Allen’s birthday beckons!  (Monday June 3rd) Howl Festival celebrations open tonight in New York, (inaugurated, as usual, with the regular“group-reading” of[…]