[Allen Ginsberg in the War Resisters League office, May 1978 – photo: David McReynolds (c) David McReynolds]
Allen Ginsberg celebrations last night in Salerno, Italy – a collaboration between Casa della Poesia and La Locanda del Mare, presented by Sergio Iagulli, Raffaella Marzano and Giancarlo Cavallo, and drawing from the extensive audio and video archive of Casa della Poesia. (The event also featured a screening of the classic Beat film, Pull My Daisy, with Marzano’s appreciative and sensitive Kerouac translation)
Larry Fagin, poet, editor, teacher, long-time leading member of the so-called “New York School” of poetry, died yesterday. He was 79 years old.
An important co-worker with Allen at Naropa (and, coincidentally, upstairs neighbour in his 12th Street tenement in Manhattan), he was, (though not himself a Buddhist), alongside fellow St Marks poet, Anne Waldman, one of the key figures in the initial years of that on-going experiment. Allen himself was quite unequivocal – “I don’t know of a better editor and teacher of poetry and prose than Fagin”, he once declared.
Larry’s early teaching there can … Read More
AG: (This will be) the first reading by Gary Snyder in Boulder since 1972, when there was a reading up at the University with the Japanese poet, Nanao Sakaki, myself, Robert Bly, Chogyam Trungpa and Gary. And this month [August 1983] there’s been a great series of poetry readings in the town, with Anne … Read More
Happy Birthday! – Happy Scorpio Birthday – Joanne! – It’s the birthday today of the great Joanne Kyger. Her 2012 reading at the St Marks Poetry Project may be viewed here
A Naropa reading from the same year can be found here (and includes the following “found piece” – “Allen Ginsberg On His Search” – Allen Ginsberg, in Chile, 1960, staying with the poet Nicanor Parra outside Santiago – “I wish I knew who, if anyone, there is to work with who knows, if anyone knows, who I am, or what I am. I got so depressed after a … Read More
Two weeks since the last “weekly round-up”, so let’s get right down to it. First, to sing the praises of a wonderful essay by “our own” Steve Silberman, (see earlier contributions here and here) – “Ginsberg’s Failure” – his contribution to the second issue of the new Long Shot cyber-experiment (“submitted to, compiled, edited, and published, all within the space of 48 hours”) – not to be confused – tho’ it inevitably will be, on occasions, with – the fondly-remembered Eliot Katz-Danny Shot-edited, New Jersey-based Long Shot magazine.
More Ira Cohen – Here’s Indra Tamang, Romy Ashby – (from their respective blogs – and Nina Zivancevic (on the website – Reality Sandwiches), on their friend, Ira.
Nina: “Ira had never liked Allen Ginsberg, whom I adored, because he acquired more fame than he (Ira) did, in many ways. Allen had fame but he had no children. The last time I saw the latter he said how much he envied … Read More