more Blake – (“A Dream”)
October 24, 2018
AG:  So, “A Dream”, next, page sixteen. I always thought this one particularly as a piece of the bodhisattva notion, or the prophetic faculty of the poet or the bodhisattva notion of the wakened mind; that is that you take care of the others first:  I put a chorus on this, just[…]
Allen Ginsberg 1985 Naropa reading
December 31, 2017
Continuing from yesterday’s Eric Mottram-Philip Whalen reading Allen Ginsberg  (following some brief announcements of upcoming readings by Anne Waldman) Anne Waldman introduces Allen Ginsberg:; AW: Allen Ginsberg – Guggenheim Fellow and member of the American Institute of Arts and Letters, the author of Howl, Kaddish, Planet News, The[…]
Allen Ginsberg at Cheltenham 1993
May 27, 2017
Allen Ginsberg, in 1993, reading at the Cheltenham Literature Festival in England. The feature today on The Allen Ginsberg Project. Allen reads a selection of poems, (mostly from White Shroud and the, subsequently-published Cosmpolitan Greetings Introduction: Good evening everybody and some of you I’m sure came to the event where Allen Ginsberg[…]
Meditation and Poetics – 6
November 18, 2014
Student: Allen? AG: Yeah? Student: In that credo of his that everybody’s heard so many times – “No ideas but in things’ AG: Um-hmm Student: …when you said that you were going to[…]
William Burroughs at Naropa 1982 (Q & A – part two)
September 28, 2014
… in media res.. William Burroughs is talking about Joseph Conrad   WSB:  ….oh he’s a very great writer, my god!  He’s a great creator of character. You can see the characters – Elmer, Lingard… Not interesting people, for the most part, at all, but, like, neither is (are) (Jean) Genet‘s characters interesting[…]
William Burroughs – (Commissioner of Sewers)
February 22, 2014
   Burroughs Centennial celebration continues. Here is Klaus Maeck‘s 1991 documentary – William S Burroughs – Commissioner of Sewers, featuring, in a suitably cut-up form, Jurgen Ploog‘s interview with Burroughs, and footage from a 1986 Burroughs reading (recorded in Berlin, Germany, in May of 1986).  We’ve featured a snippet of this before[…]
Ego and A Dream (A Leap Year Posting)
February 29, 2012
Leap Year, 1958, all those years ago, 31-year-old Allen had been dreaming, the night before, about.. T S Eliot. “What’s my motive dreaming his/ manna? What English Department/would that impress? What failure/ to be a perfect prophet’s made up here?” – (an) “overambitious dream of (an) eccentric boy”. All through his life[…]
Whitman Introduction (1975 Naropa Class)
December 6, 2011
AG: You’ve all heard some of Whitman. His first line, which is generally taught in high school, and which you all know, isn’t generally spoken correctly, it’s “I celebrate myself, and sing myself” (Allen emphasizes the second syllable – he then goes on to read the first five stanzas of “Song of[…]
Spiritual Poetics 6
August 5, 2011
Allen Ginsberg on Spiritual Poetics continues Student: It encourages me that India has had this experience of yoga and meditation for a millennia, tho’ I don’t get the sense that Hindus write poetry like yours. AG: They sure do! Student: They write the Vedas and the write the hymns to the deities,[…]
Spiritual Poetics – 4
August 3, 2011
Allen Ginsberg’s 1974 class on Spiritual Poetics continues Student: Does it always have to do with what you choose to use?, whether you’re typing, or writing, or (using a) tape-recorder (amassing) amounts of material in that way? AG: Right. Very much so. Yeah. I want to go into that, actually, in about[…]