Allen Ginsberg on Jack Kerouac – 1982 Naropa continues

[Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) at a “Beat”party, 1959 – Photograph by Burt Glinn./Magnum Photos]

 Continuing here from yesterday’s posting – Allen annotates Jack Kerouac’s “Belief & Technique for Modern Prose”     “2. Submissive to everything, open, listening” – so that’s an attitude of mind of..  submissive to any thought that comes along – about fucking your mother, or about…I don’t know, anything it is that is most.. common, and most forbidden, anything that comes along  in your mind that is.. fucking God, if you want to, anything that you wouldn’t want, necessarily, anybody to hear, but you hear yourself, and so, … Read More

Allen Ginsberg on Jack Kerouac (1982 Workshop at the Kerouac Conference)

 

[“Jack Kerouac wandering along East 9th Street after visiting (William) Burroughs at our pad, passing statue of Congressman Samuel “Sunset” Cox, “the letter-carrier’s friend” in Tompkins Square toward Corner of Avenue A, Lower East Side, he’s making a Dostoyevsky-mad face or Russian basso be-bop Om, just walking around the neighborhood, then involved with The Subterraneans, pencils & notebook in wool shirt-pocket, Fall 1953, Manhattan” – (Photograph and Inscription by Allen Ginsberg) – c. Allen Ginsberg Estate.]

We’ve been in the past weeks spotlighting Clark Coolidge and Robert Creeley’s remarks at the 1982 symposium on Jack Read More

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“”Rainy night on Union Square, full moon. Want more poems? Wait till I’m dead”.  “So proclaimed Allen Ginsberg at 3.30 in the morning on August 8, 1990”, writes Barbara Hoffert, in Library Journal, “And now nearly 20 years after his death”, she continues, “in the first Ginsberg book since Collected Poems was updated in 20o6, here are new poems.” In anticipation of a 250 page volume to be published by Grove Press next February (2016) “Published in obscure journals or found in letters, the one hundred and three chronologically arranged poems included here span Ginsberg’s entire career, from the … Read More

Creeley and Coolidge on Kerouac Q & A

 

                        

Jack Kerouac (1922-1969)

from CoolidgeCreeley-Warren Tallman panel at the Kerouac Conference at Naropa, 1981 Clark Coolidge: Questions anyone? ……

Questioner: I just have one that relates personally. I’m from Montreal and Jack (Kerouac) did a lot of traveling around, and also, obviously, his family and the French-Canadian connection was very important, but I’m not sure..if he ever traveled in Quebec…I just wonder.. I wonder if you know of any (time) in his travels he ever made it to Quebec and why his… Does anybody know anything about that? –  and why he never made it … Read More

Creeley on Kerouac (Doctor Sax)

 

         [Robert Creeley (1926-2005)]

Last month we featured transcription of Clark Coolidge on Jack Kerouac from a 1982 Naropa panel that also featured Robert Creeley and Warren Tallman. The occasion was the 25th year anniversary of Kerouac’s On The Road  and this particular panel focused on specific texts. Coolidge’s was Old Angel Midnight, Creeley’s was Doctor Sax.  Here is a transcription of Creeley’s remarks. Following brief introductory remarks by Larry Fagin, Creeley (at approximately two-and-three-quarter minutes in) begins: Robert Creeley: Thank you Larry, and Allen (Ginsberg), and all of the dear people that have brought this to … Read More

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Yesterday was Diane Di Prima‘s 81st birthday. Here’s the extraodinary class she gave last May (with Professor Steven Goodman) at the California Institute of Integral Studies – in two parts, here and here 

Earlier Diane Di Prima birthday shout-outs on the Allen Ginsberg Project here, here, and here

Here‘s a two-part story on another prominent Italian-American – Lawrence Ferlinghettihere and here and  an excerpt from his forthcoming book Writing Across The Landscape (a further excerpt may be found – here)

& keeping the Italian theme, Gregory Corso’s Gasoline appears in

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Q & A – 3 (“Love the breath of the moment”)

 

AG:  …. But to capture the spirit, the breath of the moment, you have to love it. You’re going to have to love the breath of the moment…(Understand it) that way. So I’m saying, “Love the breath of the moment”. Don’t be afraid to love the breath of the moment, even if it’s got garlic on it. It’s not a rule, it’s just sort of an opening, I’m saying. There’s an opening there (that you can) go into and…   (So many).. classical traditions (are) precisely this. … Read More

Q & A – 2 – (Poetry and Revision)

 

Cover for “First Thought Best Thought “ Chögyam Trungpa’s book of poems, published in 1983 by Shambhala

AG: Yeah? Student: ( I had some difficulty with your statement about poetry when you said (you advised not to) repeat again (that) you can’t go back and review) AG: Yes. (I’m just repeating for the mic), you had difficulty with my statement last time when I said that.. “just write what comes down into your mind , you can’t go back and revise”. Student: Right 

AG: What was…. Student: I had difficulty with that, because I felt that maybe somebody who … Read More

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[Spiderman and Allen Ginsberg cartoon – Tom Gauld]

 

From the current issue of Poetry magazine  – more Howl parodies – (we’ve featured several such before –  –  Amy Newman – “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by wedding 
planners, dieting, in shapewear,/ dragging themselves in cute outfits through the freezer section for the semifreddo bender/blessed innovative cloister girl pin-ups burning to know the rabbi of electricity in poverty, obedience, in the dream stick of opium and the green Wi-Fi fuse..” From the Paris Review – “Supplication to the Muses on A Trying Day” – quite … Read More

Jack Kerouac and Hart Crane’s Proclamations

     
 [Hart Crane  (1899-1932) standing in fromt of The Brooklyn Bridge]

AG: So it’s one assertion, or one, say, magisterial mind –  The (very) last chorus [Chorus 242] of Mexico City Blues. Now, recapping from (Jack) Kerouac‘s magisterial point-of-view – instructions for creating a liberated society – (what was the phrase used by (Chogyam) Trungpa last night (sic)?, the name of Naropa?) – the creation of an enlightened society): “The sound in your mind/is the first sound/that you could sing/ If you were singing/at a cash register/with nothingon yr mind – / But when … Read More