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.Blyth – Spring, 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,
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 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
[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
[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 ]
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, 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