Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 287

Wait Till I’m Dead, Allen Ginsberg’s recently-published collection of uncollected posthumous poems, (which has not had anything like the notices that it should have), recently received an attentive and intelligent review in Empty Mirror from poet-scholar Marc Olmsted  (“What we come away with is wanting more..”) – see hereDrawing attemtion to Andrzej’s Pietrasz‘s Allen Ginsberg in Poland (Andrzej’s just back from a visit to the Beats show in Paris and he brought his camera)

Jeff Nightbyrd,

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Czeslaw Milosz

 

 

Czeslaw Milosz (1911-2004) – Photograph by Allen Ginsberg, courtesy the University of Toronto’s Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, Allen Ginsberg Collection

TO ALLEN GINSBERG Allen, you  good man, great poet of the murderous century, who persisting in folly attained wisdom I confess to you, my life was not as I would have liked it to be  And now, when it has passed, is lying like a discarded tire by the road It was no different from the life of millions from which you rebelled in the name of poetry and an omnipresent God It was submitted to customs … Read More

Allen Ginsberg in Poland

We’ve been noticing for some time now an Allen in Poland blog, a rich source of information, the bulk of it (naturally!) in Polish.  [2015 update Allen in Poland blog has regrettably been removed] – Andrzej Pietrasz, an independent scholar, appears to be the brains behind the thing, and we’re pleased to announce one fruit of his  labors – Allen Ginsberg w Polsce (Allen Ginsberg in Poland), a documentary volume that falls into two parts – the first, a comprehensive study of Allen’s role in the Beat Generation, in the counter-culture (kontrkultura) and in the wider context of American

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Zero Budget Festival Warsaw

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….and if you just happen to be in Warsaw this coming week, check out the Zero Budget Festival hosted by the Grotowski Center Warsaw and organized by the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards (Italy). Workcenter will be performing two projects I am America and Electric Party Songs entirely based on Ginsberg’s poems. Check Zero Budget Festival’s website for schedules. It’s all in Polish, but pretty easy to figure out. As for the description, you might need this English version:

Based on the works of Allen Ginsberg, I Am America is a stream of dramatic structures featuring song, rhythm, … Read More