NYT: During your stay in 1984-85, Allen Ginsberg came.
WB: Yes, he came on a visit with leading American authors. He gave a talk about [fellatio]. – [n.b. New York Times’ square-brackets and Latin terminology, not ours!] – That was the end of his tour! Everyone was stone-faced. But being Allen Ginsberg and
[…’though passions are numberless, I vow to cut them all down”]
AG: The next one [of the Bodhisattva vows] is a little more fishy (and) difficult. Something sticks in the craw with that, which is often translated as “Passions are endless, I vow to cut them all down” – Well, that’s pretty tough! It means you’ve got to cut off your balls – or what?
[AG: Onward!.. Skipping over (Ezra) Pound (except one little thing. because we don’t have much (time)… I want to skip over Pound – we’ll come back to Pound)…]
AG: Jaime d’Angulo (1887), was a friend of Marianne Moore and Ezra Pound and a great crank, a hero… Gary Snyder’s hero. Jaime d’Angulo is Gary Snyder’s hero. If you want to know Snyder’s origins, you go to Jaime d’Angelo. D’Angulo was born in Spain and educated in Switzerland, and went to the Wild West and worked as a cowboy, and was a great philologist and linguist, and … Read More
The poet E.E. Cummings was born on this day, October 14
December 20, 1956 – Allen Ginsberg, writing from Paterson, New Jersey
“Dear Mr Cummings,
Came to your door. You were out. I am writing , will be in NY for a month, then leave for Europe with 2 other poets – Jack Kerouac and Gregory Corso. Came from San Francisco where we held big crazy drunken poetry readings. I sent you my book, Howl, from there, to 4 Patchin Place, did you get it, did you read it? Have manuscript of Corso, Kerouac, (Gary) … Read More
Meanwhile, fresh up on You Tube, is this “Be-In” documentary, with priceless footage of Allen, Gary Snyder, Michael McClure, and all the participants/celebrants who took part in that extraordinary occasion.
The event that ushered in “the Summer of Love” – (tho’, yes, as early as January!) – Re-visit the Summer of 1967 in the Summer of 2014. Peace and Love everyone!
[original (signed) posters for the 1967 Human … 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
Irwin Allen Ginsberg in Newark, New Jersey, June 3, 1926, Allen would have been 88 years old today.
Happy Birthday, Allen! Happy Allen Ginsberg’s Birthday, everyone.
In celebration of an extraordinary life (and an exemplary death), we feature today Colin Still‘s masterly 1997 documentary No More To Say & Nothing To Weep For, originally commissioned by Channel 4 in England, and originally intended as a wider, more substantial profile (it was tragically cut short, or rather, re-envisioned, by Allen’s diagnosis of liver cancer, an event that took place just as the crew had arrived in … Read More