Spontaneous Poetics – 49 – A Brief Survey of Haiku

 

This [Allen hands out a home-made xerox-ed collection] is a little anthology of choice haiku taken from the four-volume set of haiku in the library collected by R.H.BlythSpring, Summer, Winter, Autumn. How many have looked into that, or know that collection? It’s a collection that (Jack) Kerouac used and Gary Snyder and Philip Whalen all used as a sort of poetics reference encyclopedia handbook inspiration text around 1955. I was reading haiku, then, in those books and chose the best ones, or the ones that stuck in my head, about twenty or thirty,

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Friday Weekly Round-Up – 109

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 of Wonder, debuts in select US theaters, February 8th, featuring Ferlinghetti, Allen, Michael McClure, Anne Waldman, Amiri Baraka, Dennis Hopper, Bob Dylan, and a host of others. Here’s the trailer.

(The trailer for Felver’s earlier Ferlinghetti film, incidentally, can be seen here.)… Read More

Friday Weekly Round-Up – 107

[Marsden Hartley (1878-1943) – Finnish-Yankee Sauna, (1938-9), Collection of the Frederick R Weisman Museum, Minneapolis]

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 – Allen at Naropa on Hartley) – see here and here).

Beat Memories – the definitive exhibition of Allen’s photographs (that debuted at the National Gallery in Washington DC in 2010 (see here, here and here) makes its way to New York … Read More

Nanao & Allen – 1982 KNGU Radio Interview – Part 2

[Nanao Sakaki Reading at Yoyogi Park, Shibuya, Tokyo, Earth Day 2006 – Photograph used by permission – Copyright John Suiter. All Rights Reserved]

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 cement walls.”/ On a starry summer night/ At a camping ground in Japan/ a nine-year-old boy from Tokyo complained/ “Ugly, too many stars!”/ At a department store in Kyoto/ One of my friends bought a beetle/ For his son, seven-years-old. A few hours later/ The boy brought his … Read More

Nanao & Allen 1982 – KNGU Radio Interview – Part 1

[Nanao Sakaki (1923-2008]

[Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)] 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 David Barsamian, on KNGU radio, Boulder,Colorado, follows here. For more on Nanao on The Allen Ginsberg Project see here.   

DB: We’re very pleased to have in our studios right now a very prominent poet from Japan, Nanao Sakaki, and our very own Allen Ginsberg. Allen, you … Read More

Beat Treasure – UND Writers Conference 1974

[The City Lights in North Dakota Conference, in Grand Forks, North Dakota, sponsored by the UND English Department, was the first of many Beat related conferences recognizing the cultural importance of the Beats. Clockwise from top left: Michael McClure,Gregory Corso, Miriam Patchen, Kenneth Rexroth, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Peter Orlovsky, Gary Snyder, Janie McClure, Shig Murao, Curator (name unknown – female), Joanne McClure Curator (name unknown – male),  March 18, 1974. – Photo by D.Sorensen ]
 A  veritable trove of archival material has just been put on line by the University of North Dakota’s Chester Fritz Library – six (now Read More

Ginsberg and Snyder and Leary and Alan Watts (The Houseboat Sessions)

[Alan Watts]

More vintage audio (this time, courtesy of the Timothy Leary Archive). Here’s the audio for the famous Houseboat Sessions of February 1967,  ninety minutes of conversation on the houseboat of Alan Watts in Sausalito, convened under the auspicies of Allan Cohen and The San Franciscan Oracle and featuring Allen and Gary Snyder, alongside Leary and Alan Watts. The full transcript, that first appeared in the Oracle under the heading “Changes”, can be read and accessed here, and is also reprinted in its entirety in Peter Conners’ White Hand Society.… Read More

Gary Snyder: The Practice of the Wild

John Healy’s film on Gary Snyder & Jim Harrison, The Practice of the Wild has been popping up at festivals here and there, but hasn’t had a proper release till now, starting November 11 at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, NY and then in New York City’s Quad Cinemas on November 12. Check the film’s Facebook page for possible screenings in your area.

While we’re on Snyder, this seems a good time to repost,”Walking Mount Tam, the Steve Heilig’s Counterpunch interview with him that was done around the publication of Snyder & Tom Killion‘s … Read More

Timothy Leary’s 90th Birthday

[Timothy Leary, Los Angeles March 1992. If you look closely you can see Allen in the mirror taking the photo. c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]

In celebration, here‘s some vintage Leary audio from 1967 recorded at Alan Watts’ Houseboat Summit, that includes Leary, Watts, Allen and Gary Snyder.

Keep a look-out for Peter Conners’ White Hand Society The Psychedelic Partnership of Timothy Leary & Allen Ginsberg due out any day now from City Lights. It includes the entire transcript for the above “Houseboat Summit” as it was printed in the San Francisco Oracle. … Read More

Gary Snyder & Robert Creeley Foundation Award

[Gary Snyder, Kyoto, Japan, June 1963. Photo: Allen Ginsberg c. Allen Ginsberg LLC]

An article with interview snippets in the Milford Daily News in advance of Snyder receiving the 10th annual Robert Creeley Award in Acton Mass. next week. Our colleague Matt Theado at the Beat Studies Association heard from Chris Bergeron after his interview with Snyder saying “I interviewed him for about 40 minutes by phone & felt I’d never spoken with a 79-year-old man whose mind was as sharp as someone in their 30s. He was very sharp, personable, totally free of BS. What felt curious to me … Read More