Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 138

 
Introducing the Holy Litany Project. M.L.Kejara and Akina Rahman Khan hit upon the  interesting idea of perhaps updating Allen’s classic “America” for the 21st Century. They’re sending out an open call (0n Facebook) for new lines, new strophes – “We will try to emulate Ginsberg’s style..and update his work with our burning thoughts (contemporary thoughts) expressed in our own words.”…”Issues like the Zimmerman trial, environmentalism, gay marriage, legalization of marijuana, healthcare, information-privacy etc”, could, they suggest, “be best communicated by poetry, in the way that Ginsberg voiced his own frustrations (in the ’50s) in (the poem) “America”..”..”The (new)
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Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 137

[Beat Merchandizing –  Ginsberg is God sweater by Bella Freud]

Comedy Central’s “roasting” of the actor James Franco takes place this month in Los Angeles (and will be aired on that (television) channel on September 2nd. Upcoming Ginsberg mockery? (Boxer, Mike Tyson, it might be recalled, gave Allen a surprising, and curiously-respectful, name-check in an earlier roasting)

Ginsberg and cats. We’ve been wanting to publish this shot forever</s

cat-allen-ginsberg

and now we have an excuse – Liz Acosta’s erudite article (sic) – “Burberry” as Jack Kerouac?, “Dorothy the cat as Allen Ginsberg?

Elvis Costello has some explaining to do … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 133

The Allen Ginsberg Festival kicks off next Thursday in San Francisco with a literary tour of North Beach by Allen’s biographer (and bibliographer) Bill Morgan. On Thursday night at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, you can learn more, as Bill is the guest in a conversation with poet, David Meltzer. Gravity Goldberg will be on hand to moderate the discussion. For the schedule for the following three days, see here.   Meanwhile, earlier (tomorrow in fact!), in England – in Canterbury  (as part of the three-day Brainchild Festival) , the Poejazzi collaborative will be “working on a
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Friday Weekly Round-Up – 129

allen ginsberg, allen ginsberg howl, russian poster, cloudpine451, russian art Ginsbergian Zeitgeist – We’re, admittedly, a little late in putting this up – but here‘s (recently-deposed) Russian power-broker/politician, Vladislav Surkov reading Allen Ginsberg (in English!) – “Sunflower Sutra” (the English begins approximately two minutes in) – [thanks too to “Cloudpine” – we should point out, entirely unrelated –  for his fantasy Alexander-Rodchenko-inspired Howl cover!] “No hope Communism/No hope Capitalism” – Here’s another surprising sighting, Gary Silverman’s “I saw the best taxes of my generation..”, [sic], an extended Ginsbergian metaphor in..(of all places) The Financial Times! So, looking back on last week, birthday week…  First, the New York
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Friday Weekly Round-Up – 128 (Whitman’s Birthday)

[Walt Whitman (1819-1892)   c.1867-70 – Unknown photographer (probably William Kurtz) via The Walt Whitman Archives]

Whitman’s birthday today!  (for Whitman-birthday celebration on The Allen Ginsberg Project see here and here)

and Allen’s birthday beckons!  (Monday June 3rd)

Howl Festival celebrations open tonight in New York, (inaugurated, as usual, with the regular“group-reading” of “Howl”, co-ordinated by poet-impresario Bob Holman (Bob Rosenthal and Eliot Katz, among those taking part in the event) – and there’ll be readings and performances taking place around the park (Tompkins Square Park) all day Saturday (more details here)

and Splab’s … Read More

Spontaneous Poetics – 78

[Walt Whitman – selection from an original ms for “Song of Myself” from Leaves of Grass, courtesy the Humanities Research Center, University of Texas]
Allen Ginsberg, Summer 1976, on “Spontaneous Poetics”, continues.

So there is an element of the writing material that determines your poetry shape. For study of short notebook forms, I would recommend (Jack) Kerouac’s Mexico City Blues and a few texts of my own, particularly a poem called “Laughing Gas” (in Reality Sandwiches, I think), because that was written, while taking nitrous oxide in a dentist’s chair, with a small pocket notebook, and the condition

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Spontaneous Poetics – 76 (Typography – 1)

{[ [A manuscript page of an unpublished Ginsberg poem” – to illustrate the 1966 Paris Review interview]
AG: Typographical typography – topography – Typographical Topography – I invented that category! – Topography – the way it looks on the page, the map, the map of the words on the page (or, that’s probably the wrong word, but, anyway, the typographical arrangement of words on the page) is another 20th Century trick, or technique, or piece of shrewdness for arranging the lines on the page. This is for the eye more than for the tongue or the mouth. And for … Read More

Spontaneous Poetics – 66 (William Carlos Williams 10 – Williams’ Prosody)

[William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)]

AG: I’ve been thinking of what are the different considerations of mindful open-verse forms. And I made a very brief list (composed of elements we’ve already discussed) just as academic reference-points. If one were to analyze (William Carlos) Williams‘ versification, what are the different inclinations he has in mind when he’s putting the words down on the page, or re-arranging them on the page?

First, we had consciousness of syllables and syllable count, as he practiced, and his friend Marianne Moore practiced. That is to say, arranging phrasings on the page with four syllables, … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 116

William S. Burroughs zu Besuch bei Brion Gysin, Paris, Oktober 1979. Bildreproduktion, Foto: Udo Breger, VG-Bildkunst

There’s going to be a big new William Burroughs show opening next week in Hamburg, at the Deichtorhallen (from March 15 – August 18), curated by Udo Breger and Axel Heil – “The exhibition’s goal is to make tangible, in review, and for the first time within Europe on such a scale, the visionary volatility of William S. Burroughs‘ literary output, while at the same time showing the impact of his ideas and philosophy on a wider network of authors, musicians, composers, painters, photographers, video artists and film-makers. The curators (and the Director of the Deichtorhallen, Dirk Luckow) will … Read More

San Francisco 1957 Silent Footage

We featured footage from the San Francisco Bay Area Television Archives a couple of weeks ago. Here’s more – silent footage from circa 1957 – San Francisco, City Lights, Lawrence Ferlinghetti – a very particular time and place – courtesy KPIX (Channel 5) news – “Includes scenes of Lawrence Ferlinghetti arranging copies of Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl and Other Poems” in the store window, as their advertised pocket book of the week. Also features brief views of Columbus Avenue and Ferlinghetti smoking a pipe and adding other books to the display outside”. … Read More