– “Dear Ed (White) – Sorry we keep missing each other, love to Justin. I have been occupied learning music, recording new original songs, collecting all my old recent poetry, returning from traveling. I just haven’t had time to stop & renew nostalgia everywhere – fancied – see you one xmas or another soon I hope – Saw a little magazine with one of your letters of Jack [Kerouac]. I visited his mother and widow in St Petersburg this year,  finally, & sang them Blake’s … Read More
Here’s word from someone not unfamiliar with defending Allen Ginsberg and free speech issues – Lawrence Ferlinghetti
“As the original publisher of Allen Ginsberg’s poetry, City Lights Books fully supports David Olio as a high school teacher of poetry. We … Read More
“There’s always hope in love. Love and hate are viruses. Love can make a civilization bloom and hate can kill a civilization” – Lawrence Ferlinghetti is ninety-six years old today. Many happy returns of the day, Lawrence!
Diane Di Prima‘s new book from City Lights – The Poetry Deal is out. We’ve reported before about her recent troubling health difficulties. The emergencies still remain but still the urgency of the work, still the extraordinary achievement of the work. “In The Poetry Deal“, her publishers write, (di) Prima maps out over forty years of San Francisco history, from the culture of the late ‘Sixties, to her grief over her friends’ passing during the AIDS epidemic, to stories of her countercultural colleagues and the rapidly changing environment she has seen take place over the years in (San … Read More
Frank O’Hara, whose poems, Allen memorably wrote, “taught me to really see New York for the first time” (“like having Catullus change your view of the Forum in Rome” (!)) is currently being feted by City Lights, with a brand-new, expanded, … Read More
GRAHHH! GRAHH! GRAHH!
Grah gooooor! Ghahh! Graaarr! Greeeeer! Grayowhr!
GRAHHRR! RAHHR! GRAGHHRR! RAHR!
RAHRIRAHHR! GRAHHHR! GAHHR! HRAHR!
BE NOT SUGAR BUT BE LOVE
looking for sugar!
Student: I want to mention that Michael McClure has created something called a Grahh language..
AG: Yeah, beast language.
Student: (It’s in) Ghost Tantras.
AG: Ghost Tantras, yeah.
Student: ..which is, all the way, what is it, ninety-nine?
AG: Ninety-nine poems, or so [ninety-nine]. He was inspired by listening to the lions in the San Francisco Zoo, and listening to whale sounds and coyote
March madness. Ginsberg silliness. It’s not April Fools Day yet, but will be soon.
First off, Exploitation Corner – more bizarre, inappropriate items, starting with..
Surely what the world needs! – an “Allen Ginsberg Luggage Tag” !
The same company offers an “I heart howls [sic] Reusable Shopping Bag”
(presumably for those moments of “hungry fatigue” when you find yourself … Read More