Tom Raworth (1938-2017)
February 9, 2017
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[…]
Carl Rakosi
November 6, 2014
– Photograph by Gloria Graham]   Two introductions by Allen Ginsberg and one by Anselm Hollo to readings by Carl Rakosi (who shares the same birthday as the compiler of these notes) and who lived to be a spry one hundred. He would have been one hundred-and-eleven today! Allen Ginsberg’s[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 138
August 9, 2013
Introducing the Holy Litany Project. M.L.Kejara and Akina Rahman Khan hit upon the  interesting idea of perhaps updating Allen’s classic “America” for the 21st Century. They’re sending out an open call (0n Facebook) for new lines, new strophes – “We will try to emulate Ginsberg’s style..and update his work with our burning[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 134
July 12, 2013
Big Allen-celebration in San Francisco this evening, Beat Reunion For more details here. The current July/August issue of Poetry magazine includes this memoir by Marjorie Perloff –“Allen Ginsberg – Remembering A Rose Rabbi” – “I have been listening[…]
Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930)
July 19, 2011
On July 19 1893 (July 7 on the Old Style Julian calendar) Vladimir Vladimirovich Mayakovsky, the great Russian poet, was born. Here’s Mayakovsky reading “An Extraordinary Adventure Which Happened To Me, Vladimir Mayakovsky, One Summer In The Country” (the English translation, along with several other Mayakovsky translations, may be found here). And[…]
Hart Crane’s Jump
April 27, 2011
Today marks the anniversary of the tragic death of the great American poet, Hart Crane (soon to be portrayed in the movie, The Broken Tower, by “our very own” James Franco!). Poete maudit, legendary suicide (“goodbye everybody!”) – Janet[…]