[Allen Ginsberg photographs Bono at the Cuirt International Festival of Literature in Galway in 1995 – Photograph by Joe O’Shaughnessy, copyright Joe O’Shaugnessy]  

 from the Vox Interview, (conducted at Slane Castle, Dublin)  July 8 1984:  Bono: I just bought Woody Guthrie‘s Bound For Glory. I’m just a beginner when it comes to America. I mean, it’s changed me. When you go to the US coming from this country, it’s more than a different continent…Van Morrison: It’s shell-shock. Bono: Yeah, coming from troubled Ireland, it’s the real shell-shock! I’m just getting acquainted with American … Read More

Spontaneous Poetics – 105 – The Blues Intro – 3 ( & Come All Ye’s)

[“Crazy Blues” – Mamie Smith, (1920) – “the first recording of an African-America singing the blues”]

AG: Well it was the dream, it was the possibility of actually saying what I thought. Well, in any kind of poetry, like in “Howl”, or “Kaddish”, or later poems, but also in the Blues form. since, especially since, there’s a tradition with songs like that, of expressing your most private feelings with humor and melancholy – so that kind of song has always been a vehicle for some kind of outlaw feeling – and there’s also a genre of ballads, which are Outlaw … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up 63

[Philip Glass, Patti Smith & the spirit of Allen Ginsberg, last week at the Park Avenue Armory, New York ]
The winners of 2011 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards will read their winning poems at a poetry reading and award ceremony on Saturday, March 10, 2012, at the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College, Paterson, New Jersey. First prize this year went to Christopher Bursk and the aptly-named Charlotte Muse. The Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards, “honoring Allen Ginsberg’s contributions to American Literature”, are given annually to poets, “both established and emerging”. Poems are judged anonymously with first prize winning $1,000, … Read More