Philip Lamantia – Preserving Fire
October 23, 2018
Born October 23 1927 in San Francisco, today would have been the poet Philip Lamantia‘s ninety-first birthday. We celebrate him and the remarkable posthumous work Wave Books have just put out – Preserving Fire – Selected Prose (edited by Garrett Caples) Philip has been featured numerous times on the Allen Ginsberg Project[…]
David Amram Remembers Jack Kerouac
November 12, 2017
Continuing our celebration of his 87th birthday David Amram Remembers Jack Kerouac This initial piece was originally written in 1969 for Evergreen Review, and[…]
October 7 – Anniversary of the Six Gallery Reading
October 7, 2015
So today is the day – the 60th Anniversary of the famous “Six Gallery reading”, the ground-breaking first public performance of “Howl” (tho’ we shouldn’t forget the importance of the other readers who read that night –  Gary Snyder, Michael McClure, Philip Lamantia (reading John Hoffman), Philip Whalen – and Kenneth Rexroth[…]
Allen Ginsberg on Jack Kerouac – 1982 Naropa continues
August 16, 2015
 Continuing here from yesterday’s posting – Allen annotates Jack Kerouac’s “Belief & Technique for Modern Prose”     “2. Submissive to everything, open, listening” – so that’s an attitude of mind of..  submissive to any thought that comes along – about[…]
Meditation and Poetics – 80 (Penfield’s Homunculus)
April 23, 2015
AG: Has anyone seen Penfield’s Homunculus? – the homunculoid picture drawn on the surface of the brain according to the areas of the brain that relate to the different senses? I think (the) mouth is enormous, actually. The mouth area is enormous. (The) forehead (is) very low, because there’s not much sensation[…]
Philip Lamantia’s Birthday
October 23, 2014
Philip Lamantia‘s birthday today. He would have been 87. We take the occasion to remind you once again of Garrett Caples and Andrew Joron’s exemplary edition of the Collected Poems  Here’s the two of them giving a presentation on it (from September of last year) Here’s our own extensive Lamantia posting(s) –[…]
Gerd Stern 3 (Gerd Stern Remembers Harry Smith)
October 21, 2014
Gerd Stern: “It was a great success. The auditorium was always full; everybody paid except Harry Smith. Harry Smith was someone who was a spectacular creative being who died recently . I first met Harry–I think[…]
Gerd Stern – 1
October 19, 2014
Gerd Stern – Here’s an interview with the truly extraordinary Gerd Stern – Gerd Stern, who, allegedly lost that legendary Neal Cassady manuscript, Gerd Stern, artist, poet and multi-media visionary, at eighty-six years old – what remarkable stories he has to tell!  – his oral history, From Beat Scene Poet to Psychedelic[…]
New Years Eve (Looking Back on 2013 & Forward to 2014)
December 31, 2013
Last posting of 2013, we thought we’d list a few of our “greatest hits” from the past year – January – Nanao Sakaki and Allen Ginsberg singing “Birdbrain” in Osaka, Japan, February – William Burroughs’ 99th (next year will be[…]