John Donne (continues – 7)

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[ John Donne (1572-1631)]

AG : “A Valediction..(Forbidding Mourning)”  (by John Donne) (page two-thirty-nine). That was like… here you find a..the acme of Donne in his use of  images from cartography, compasses and spheres, and.. and I think that, like, is nowadays you have heavy-metal comix, or (William) Burroughs‘ poetry which has a lot of space-age imagery (android space-age martian heavy-metal). So, in those days, because of the adventures in America reported back, there’s a lot of.. everybody was hung up on the sort of apocalyptic imagery of a New World, and sailing, and making maps. There’s a … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 302

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[Neal Cassady and Jack  Kerouac]

[Neal Cassady to Jack Kerouac – The Joan Anderson Letter via Heritage Auctions]

The legendary Joan Anderson letter is back in the news again. “The seminal piece of literature of the Beat Generation”, Neal Cassady’s epic letter to Jack Kerouac, which, for almost sixty years, was thought missing and then was miraculously rediscovered and put up for auction (only to, surprisingly, fail to reach its asking price) is up for auction again.

The auction date is March 8. Bidding begins approximately February 17th (next week). Full details may be found at Heritage Read More

Neal Cassady’s Birthday

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Neal Cassady‘s birthday today and that means the (8th) annual Neal Cassady Birthday Bash, held at the Mercury Cafe (in the upstairs ballroom)  in Denver.

Performers and readers at the 2017 Bash will include Denver author of Chicano noir fiction, Manuel Ramos, poets Ed Ward and Jennifer Dunbar Dorn, Zack Kopp (author of The Denver Beat Scene), and singer/songwriter Marty Jones,  and Neal’s son Robert Hyatt (who has just published his first book, Beat Bastard),  If you wanna know just how Hyatt discovered Neal was his father,  check out Gregory Daurer’s piece in this week’s … Read More

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Neal Cassady Collected Letters

March 21, in case you didn’t know it, has been officially declared by the UN (by UNESCO) “World Poetry Day” Fanny Wallendorf‘s wonderful translations into the French of Neal Cassady‘s Letters (“Un truc tres beau qui contient tout”)  (“It’s a beautiful thing, with everything in it”) –  (the title, taken from Neal’s 1948 letter to his pal, Bill Tomson) have just been (just this past month) published.  See here and here. ( note – texte en francais) We should point out that the book only covers the years 1944-1950 (a second, concluding, volume is due … Read More

Neal Cassady’s Birthday

[Neal Cassady – Photograph by Allen Ginsberg c. The Estate of Allen Ginsberg]

                                            
[Neal Cassady – original manuscript for “The First Third”]

Neal Cassady‘s birthday today, “cocksman and Adonis of Denver”. Had he lived, he would have been 88 years old.

Hear him with The Grateful Dead quietly noodling behind him (recorded live at The Strait Theater, San Francisco, July 23 1967)

Listen again, driving the bus for the Merry Pranksters, rapping some more Hear some recollections from some of his friends

Here‘s Beat artist Robert Branaman recalling his friendship with Neal Cassady – filmed by … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 164

[William Burroughs circa 1953 – Photograph by Allen Ginsberg c. The Estate of Allen Ginsberg]

Tonight in London

Picture Tonight in New York City

Meanwhile, in Bloomington, Indiana (a lot of activity going down)

So William Burroughs Centennial week passes (tho’ plenty more Centennial events to come – look out for a flood of New York City events, for example, in April)

In New York, Marshall Weber gave/presented a marathon reading at the Munch Gallery.  In London, Iain Sinclair spoke (“Ghosts of A Ghost, William Burroughs Time Surgery and the Death of the Image”). In Paris, Cabaret Toxique Read More

1984 Pat Thomas Interview

Pat Thomas‘ interview with Allen, published in 1984, in a little magazine he edited himself called “the Notebook”, out of Rochester, New York, deserves an unearthing and a dissemination. Rock n roll Allen. The piece was headed “Allen Ginsberg Speaks on The Clash, King Crimson, Kerouac, The Grateful Dead”.

We’ll draw your attention also to three early posts on The Allen Ginsberg Project – “Allen Ginsberg Was A Punk Rocker” (parts 1 and 2) here and here, and “More Punk Notes (Hardcore)” – Not forgetting, Simon Warner’s magisterial over-view, (500 plus pages!) “Text and Drugs and Rock ‘N’ Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 145

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One Hundred Thousand Poets For Change, Michael Rothenberg & Terri Carrion’s extraordinarily ambitious annual global manifestation of poetic solidarity and commitment to cultural transformation, initiated in 2011, takes place again – tomorrow! Numerous events are planned, world-wide. For further information see here, here, and here. Among them, as the organizers point out, at least fifteen different events in the San Francisco Bay Area alone (including this one):  

& Gary Snyder, Robert Hass, and others will be performing in Berkeley (as part of this umbrella) at the 18th Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival

The requisite … Read More

Carolyn Cassady (1923-2013)

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[Carolyn Cassady (1923-2013)]

Word just reaches us of the death of Carolyn Cassady.  Brian Hassett has the report here.  She died peacefully, with her son, John Allen, there, in attendance, close beside her. “She was her regular rockin self”, he (Hassett) reports, “up through Sunday, woke up with a tummy ache Monday morning, had an infected appendix and checked out by Friday”…”She was 90 years old and still drank her white wine and smoked her More menthol ciggies every day. That is to say  – she was living the life she chose, on her own terms, in her … Read More

Ginsberg on Kerouac and Kesey and Cassady

1973 Salem State College’s Jack Kerouac Festival – here and here. (We’ve even previously featured an “out-take” here),. Here’s another one, (similarly focusing on the poignancy and tragedy of late Jack Kerouac (and on late Neal Cassady). An audience member asks about Cassady and his legendary cross-country drive, Allen responds.

[This particular tape begins in media res with Peter Orlovsky, having just finished his presentation, and a (more-than-usually) offensive/provocative/drunken Gregory Corso, meditating/theorizing.. on sudden death! – but then, thirty-five seconds in, is the question, and fifty-five seconds in, Allen’s answer]

AG: I can only talk, I would rather only … Read More