Ginsberg and China

[Allen Ginsberg, Yangtze River Gorge, China, 1984]

 [Allen Ginsberg: Selected Poems –1947-1997, (Chinese translation by Wen Chu-An)  (2000)]

Allen Ginsberg in China is our focus this weekend.

Allen and China – great news! -.a new (first-time!) edition of his Collected Poems is due out very soon in that country  (hopefully in November)  – translated and edited by the young Ming Hui and published by  Shanghai ’99.…..

There’s, a little Chinese background.

From our friend Jim Cohn‘s estimable web-site, The Museum of American Poetics: “In 1982, Allen Ginsberg was a member of a U.S. Writers’ Delegation that hosted … Read More

Anne Waldman – Napalm Health Spa’s Celebration

                                                                               [Anne Waldman]

Jim Cohn‘s remarkable Napalm Health Spa we’ve featured on The Allen Ginsberg Project  before (see, for example, here and here). Time to feature it once again, as the current issue has just appeared – a stunning, comprehensive (70th birthday) tribute to Anne Waldman Anne’s birthday was this past April (April 2nd) – See The Allen Ginsberg Project’s salute to her here (and a shout-out hereherehere and here for earlier birthday celebrations)   Here’s footage (also included in the Napalm Health Spa tribute) of  Alystyre Julian and “the Fast Speaking Woman Collective” saluting her … Read More

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[Allen Ginsberg on Times Square via the Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests – Times Square, May 1, 2015. Photograph by Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts]

Andy Warhol  Screen Tests: Allen Ginsberg [ST115], 1966, 16mm film, black-and-white, silent, 4.5 minutes at 16 frames per second, ©2015 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved. Film still courtesy The Andy Warhol Museum.]

There hasn’t been a Friday Round-Up for a couple of weeks now, so a brief catching-up:

All this month on New York’s Times Square – Allen Ginsberg’s mug (from Allen Ginsberg’s Andy Warhol Screen Read More

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MAP

Two weeks since the last “Friday Round-Up”, so.. without further ado.. Jim Cohn‘s Allen-centric Napalm Health Spa (we’ve featured it before on the Allen Ginsberg Project), this past July 4, delivered a blockbuster 400-plus page archive edition (spanning twenty-five years of the magazine’s history). Original contributions from many of Allen’s dear friends and students. Begin – and continue – your weekend’s reading experience here.  There’s a project we’ve been watching with some interest since it was first announced several years ago, Rick Shober, erstwhile of Vox Redux Press (now Tough Poets Publishing) has been preparing The Whole Read More

The Heart of The Hydrogen Jukebox – ASL

Here’s something we’ve been meaning to post for some time now.  The extraordinary development of Allen and ASLAmerican sign-language From Miriam Nathan and Don Feigel’s remarkable documentary, “The Heart of The Hydrogen Jukebox“.  The date is 1984. The location, the National Technical Institute for the Deaf  (NTID) in Rochester, New York, (a workshop entitled “Two Worlds, One Spirit” (with Allen in attendance), designed to address the topic of poetry and deafness). Patrick Graybill is the deaf poet-performer who shakes up the room and blows everybody’s minds.  Jim Cohn describes it (a significant, breakthrough moment) in … Read More

Friday Weekly Round-Up – 127

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[Apparition of the young Allen Ginsberg in the window of the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco – Photograph by Steve Silberman]

Beat Memories, Allen’s photo show opened yesterday at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. Organized by Sarah Greenough, Senior Curator and Head of the Department of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, the show arrives in the Bay Area after a hugely successful run at the Grey Gallery, New York. Reviews and appreciations of that (which were manifold), and of the original DC exhibition, may be read here, here, here

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Friday Weekly Round Up – 124

[Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky – “A.G & P.O. 5 Turner Terrace, Potrero Hill Housing Project, Peter’s kitchen, hot summer day 1956.” (Allen Ginsberg Caption) – Photograph c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]

Well, it’s a whole seven days later, but we couldn’t resist alerting you to the Doug Ireland skewered review of Steve Finbow’s bio (mostly for the clear, where-to-begin, response by Our Allen‘s Steve Silberman – thanks Steve, for setting the record straight! – or, rather, keeping the record queer!) – see also comments by Jim Cohn and others in the (in this case, essential) “Comments” section following Ireland’s, … Read More

A Supermarket in California – (ASV #22)

Jim Cohn’s Museum of American Poetics remains a valuable and inspiring source, “a unique amalgam of poets, students, teachers, scholars, editors, publishers, literary centers and web designers”..”Since coming online in 1997 (it) has documented major trends in Postbeat poetry through its collection of on-line exhibits, annual Napalm Health Spa journal, poetics transmissions, video presentations, links and blog”..”Celebrating the diversity of experimental and outrider poetries leading up to the Beat Generation, MAP has (recently) expanded its coverage of world poetry, with special emphasis on international poets on the front lines against oppression.”
We are grateful to Jim and the Museum for
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David Cope – Letters from Allen Ginsberg

[ David Cope and Allen Ginsberg at the 67th Street YMCA, NYC, March 15, 1983, photo. c. Sharon Guynup]

The new issue of Napalm Health Spa , Jim Cohn’s annual web-zine for the Museum of American Poetics is now up and on line. As always, plenty of interest here for readers of the Allen Ginsberg Project. As a matter of fact, the Museum itself is a pretty rich and pretty extraordinary resource.

Here’s the basic site map . The highlights for us of Napalm Health Spa 2011 are… well, there are plenty of highlights – a memorial feature on Janine … Read More