April Fools Day – “I Feel Like Zeus Walking Through Red Square”
April 1, 2013
“Where’ll this reach you? Got bounced out of Havana, landed in lovely Prague and stayed a month, now for the last couple of weeks I’ve been in Moscow and will go on to Warsaw and Budapest and London and see you in Berkeley this summer. Got drunk with Yevtushenko and waiting for[…]
Spontaneous Poetics – 49 – A Brief Survey of Haiku
March 14, 2013
  This is a little anthology of choice haiku taken from the four-volume set of haiku in the library collected by R.H.Blyth – Spring, Summer, Winter, Autumn. How many have looked into that, or know that collection? It’s a collection that (Jack) Kerouac used and[…]
Friday Weekly Round-Up – 109
January 18, 2013
Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg. The long-awaited Kill Your Darlings opens at the Sundance Film Festival today. More on that in the days ahead. And more too on the adaptation of Kerouac’s Big Sur (also opening in the coming weeks at Sundance). Still with the movies, Chris Felver‘s documentary, Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth[…]
Friday Weekly Round-Up – 107
January 4, 2013
Marsden Hartley‘s birthday today. Hartley was a figure Allen admired, not only as a painter, but (perhaps even more) as a strangely neglected poet. For more on Hartley the poet see here and here. For more (audio[…]
Classroom Survey Results: A Snapshot – Naropa 1976
December 22, 2012
  Allen, periodically, in his early Naropa teaching, would conduct what he, endearingly, referred to as “a pecker-count” (an impromptu survey of student’s familiarity with various (what he saw as) “essential” authors). An early[…]
Nanao & Allen – 1982 KNGU Radio Interview – Part 2
November 15, 2012
NS: Okay. Another poem. Future knows. Future knows – “Thus I heard/ Oakland California – /To teacher’s question an eleven-year-old girl answered, “The ocean is/ A huge swimming-pool with[…]
Nanao & Allen 1982 – KNGU Radio Interview – Part 1
November 14, 2012
How To Live On The Planet Earth – The Collected Poems of  Nanao Sakaki finally appears in print (from Blackberry Books – ordering details here.) In honor of the occasion, a two-part transcription of a radio interview that Nanao and Allen participated in, in 1982, with[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 95
October 12, 2012
The Hungryalists   – who here remembers The Hungryalists? Even we, in our extensive Beats In India post last year neglected to mention them. We have had a permanent link to Tridib and Alo Mitra’s important account – and an updating of it and restatement appeared in the Indian press last week (see[…]
Mind, Mouth and Page – 51 ( Gary Snyder)
September 19, 2012
AG: In sequence to that, then, (Whitman’s “Song of the Exposition”) , what’s interesting is, in answer to Whitman, and in answer to Williams, a great number of poets rose to complete the study more awkwardly (and that, Williams developed a method for). And I think I remember (that) I told you[…]
Mind, Mouth and Page – 49
September 12, 2012
AG: (William Carlos) Williams, continuing on this theme – “The Cure” – page 23 – – “Sometimes I envy others, fear them/ a little too, if they write well./ For when I cannot write I[…]