Sad news to announce, the passing of one the great voices of poetry, and one of our dearest friends, Tom Raworth died today, after a long and protracted illness, aged 78.
From the Poetry Foundation website – “Writer, artist, teacher, and publisher Tom Raworth was born in South London. He attended the University of Essex; in 1970, he earned an MA in the theory and practice of literary translation. As founder of Matrix Press and co-founder of Goliard Press, Raworth was instrumental in bringing an entire tradition of American poetry to English … Read More
Chogyam Trungpa would have been 75 years old today
Previous Trungpa birthday postings on the Allen Ginsberg Project may be viewed here and here
For a rich wealth of Trungpa materials – see here (Shambhala), here (the Chronicles Project) and here (the Chogyam Trungpa Legacy Project)
“The film of the year”? – “The film of the year”? – Well, obviously, we had to run this one! – Rebecca Cope, in Harpers Bazaar, on Kill Your Darlings.
Kill Your Darlings “buzz” continues to roll on, full pace. Here’s Timothy M Gray, in Variety: “The chief lure of “Darlings” for mainstream audiences and kudos voters will be word of mouth about (Daniel)Radcliffe’s breakthrough performance [as Allen Ginsberg], though the film has many other assets…Radcliffe said he’s dissimilar to Ginsberg, but added, “We are both
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
Allen speaking in this clip, from Iain Sinclair and Robert Klinkert’s “Ah Sunflower!” movie, is one of the great items on the web – on You Tube anyway – in that it speaks so specifically to the (visual seduction of the) medium – postmodern self-awareness, “so you don’t get deceived”.
so essential is it that its been memorized, but here is the original
– and with a transcript:
Allen: “If you will keep your mind on the image that is in front of you, which is my face in the camera or in your tv tube or screen (tv
We’re not in the habit (no?) of posting “personal videos” but were curiously transfixed by this
Meanwhile. more seriously, for those of you in London on Wednesday night, Iain Sinclair. Mark Ford and Jack Underwood are at The South Bank Centre, as part of the Special Edition series, presenting Allen Ginsberg and The Story of Howl (hopefully from a more human perspective!)
Meanwhile Howl the movie (and now DVD) continues to draw raves. It’ll be opening later this month in the UK – and don’t forget, its star, in a few weeks time, will be co-hosting the Oscars!… Read More