Davenport’s Sappho and Alkman

Following on from yesterday’s post. Here’s a few more selections from GuyDavenport‘s book of classic Greek translations. We’ll start off with, arguably, Sappho‘s most famous lyric – phainetai moi  (Sappho 31) –  Φαίνεταί μοι κήνος ἴσος θέοισινἔμμεν ὤνηρ, ὄστις ἐναντίος τοιἰζάνει, καὶ πλυσίον ἆδυ φωνεύ-        σας ὑπακούεικαὶ γελαίσας ἰμερόεν, τό μοι μάνκαρδίαν ἐν στήθεσιν ἐπτόασεν·ὡς γὰρ εὔιδον βροχέως σε, φώνας        οὺδὲν ἔτ’ εἴκει·ἀλλὰ κὰμ μὲν γλῶσσα ἔαγε, λέπτον δ’αὔτικα χρῷ πῦρ ὐπαδεδρόμακεν,ὀππάτεσσι δ’ οὐδὲν ὄρημ’, ἐπιρρόμ-        βεισι δ’ ἄκουαι.ἀ δέ μίδρως κακχέεται, τρόμος δέπαῖσαν ἄγρει, χλωροτέρα δὲ … Read More



In preparation for an upcoming spotlight on Greek and classical texts on the Allen Ginsberg  Project in the coming weeks, a post on a book that is sadly out of print – Guy Davenport‘s Archilochos, Sappho, Alkman – Three Lyric Poets of the Late Greek Bronze Age (fortunately, it’s been expanded and reprinted, and is freely available from New Directions as 7 Greeks – the additional poets are Anakreon, Herakleitos, Diogenes and Herondas)



                                                             [Guy Davenport  (1927-2005)]

Is it too early to note what an extraordinary figure Davenport was? (even outside of his remarkable … Read More

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[Allen Ginsberg on Times Square via the Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests – Times Square, May 1, 2015. Photograph by Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts]

Andy Warhol  Screen Tests: Allen Ginsberg [ST115], 1966, 16mm film, black-and-white, silent, 4.5 minutes at 16 frames per second, ©2015 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved. Film still courtesy The Andy Warhol Museum.]

There hasn’t been a Friday Round-Up for a couple of weeks now, so a brief catching-up:

All this month on New York’s Times Square – Allen Ginsberg’s mug (from Allen Ginsberg’s Andy Warhol Screen Read More

Remembering Jack Kerouac – 3

[Jack Kerouac 1922-1969]

continuing from last weekend‘s two posts

Gregory Corso: Al Aronowitz.  Is Al Aronowitz here…Al Aronowitz is not here. okay, well then that’s it, so why don’t you guys rap back and forth. We’ll begin with the ones who, originally were on the stage to begin with, and end it.

Paul Jarvis (from the audience): Can I speak about… Gregory Corso: You can ask a question. Paul Jarvis: I want to share my experience with (Jack) Kerouac in Lowell Gregory Corso: Okay but it’s got to be toute de suite. Come on. AG: Okay, yes,

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[Allen Ginsberg’s family – Hannah (Honey) Litzky, aunt; Leo Litzky, uncle; Abe Ginsberg, uncle; Anna Ginsberg, aunt; Louis Ginsberg, father; Eugene Brooks, brother; Allen Ginsberg, poet; Anne Brooks, niece; Peter Brooks, nephew; Connie Brooks, sister-in-law; Lyle Brooks, nephew; Eugene Brooks; Neal Brooks, nephew; Edith Brooks, stepmother, Louis Ginsberg, Paterson, New Jersey, May 3 1970, 1993 – Gelatin silber print 96 x 240 inches (243.8 x 609.6 cm) – edition of 3 – (c) The Richard Avedon Foundation – from the collection of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem]

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Photo by Richard Friedman

[David Meltzer – Photograph by Richard Friedman]

“Poet, musician, critic, novelist, editor, bookseller and educator” – Garrett Caples, in a recent City Lights post, accurately nails it – David Meltzer is “nothing less than a national treasure”. But at 77, following recent surgery (succesful, it would seem) for the removal of a recently-discovered cancerous tumor on his liver, (and, “as a disabled senior citizen with numerous health issues, surviving on social security with no pension..”), things right now are pretty tough. We’re spreading the word about on-going efforts to raise money for him. An on-line fund-raising project has been initiated … Read More

Happy Birthday John Sinclair

From the 1995 retrospective of the pioneering ’70’s Detroit rock band, The UpKiller Up! – this bonus cut – “Prayer For John Sinclair”, an agit-prop chant by Allen Ginsberg It’s 1971 and John Sinclair (“Ten for Two” – ten years for two joints!) is, most definitely, a political prisoner. So hear him (Allen) intone:  “Trick or treat. Year after year. Literary persons, Ed Sanders, Robert Creeley, myself organization, the American chapter of PEN Club representing one  thousand one hundred writers have petitioned the state of Michigan for release of poet-musician John Sinclair from entrapment … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 189

[ Allen Ginsberg – For Martin Mooij signed and dated hand-written ms., Rotterdam, June 14, 1979]

In Rotterdam, the Tower of Babel/rises unbombed to the rainy sky/today – many tongues babbling/their compleyents under grey clouds/An Indonesian poet come from black jail singing/A poet from East Berlin offering Consonants/A poet or two from Russia, silent in absentia/Poets from America, poisoned by plutonium/Still Chanting Whitmanic vowels/Poets speaking natural French, utter Dutch/caroling in Japanese and Roumanian/Muttering in German, soothsaying in African/syllables -/What human music emerges from the Tower of Babel?/In Mind museum the Babel Tower/sits silent thru centuries of  heaven-breath”  –… Read More

Ed Sanders on Harry Smith

In anticipation of Ed Sanders’ seventy-fifth birthday tomorrow “Ed Sanders, poet and founding member of The Fugs, recalls his deep friendship with Harry Smith, compiler of the highly influential Anthology of American Folk Music. (Smith produced the Fugs’ first album in 1965) for Folkways Records“) “The recording sessions for Folkways Records resulted in the 1965 album “The Village Fugs Sing Ballads of Contemporary Protest, Point of Views, and General Dissatisfaction.” The album was reissued in 1966 as The Fugs First Album by the ESP-Disk Label, followed by several reissues with additional tracks”

[Harry Smith (1923-1991)]

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[Ed & Miriam Sanders photographed in Woodstock by Allen Ginsberg, April 18, 1983. c Allen Ginsberg Estate]

This coming Sunday from 6 to 8.30  in New York City at the Bowery Poets Club, “Poets, musicians, friends and family are gathering to celebrate the three-quarter of a century mark in the life of .. formidable poet, author, Yippie activist, Pentagon exorcist and founding Fug, Ed Sanders“. Among those participating Steven Taylor, Coby Batty, Larry “Ratso” Sloman, Sparrow, Penny Arcade, John S Hall.. and (guests of honor) Ed and Miriam Sanders. 

John Tytell‘s … Read More