Continuing with Charles Reznikoff What I want to do, since we’ve got (a few) minutes, is some brief poems that he did in 1934“Jerusalem the Golden was published by the Objectivist Press from 10 West Thirty-Sixth Street, New York in 1934. The Press consisted of Reznikoff, George Oppen and Louis Zukofsky. It was an outgrowth of Zukofsky’s editorial work for the “Objectivist” number of Poetry (magazine) (February 1931) and An Objectivist Anthology published in France in 1931 by George and Mary Oppen under the imprint “Two Publishers””“The Objectivist Press is an organization of writers who are publishing their own work … Read More
One of Allen’s most accomplished early poems is our spotlight today – “To Aunt Rose” –
“A memory flash 1958 Paris. My favorite Aunt Rose (1900-1940) took care of me weekends when my mother was ill – Books named are my late father Louis Ginsberg‘s. It was a big event to publish a volume of poetry in those days! – Rose Gaidemak died of septicemia..”
This audio is taken from a reading at San Francisco State University’s Poetry Center on April 27, 1959. It was written in 1958 and published in 1961, included as part of the collection, … Read More
So, actually, what we’re all talking about in terms of spiritual revolution is, in a way, continuing the tradition of person – democratic person, taking his own life as sacred, and being treated sacredly by neighbors and by state, which Hartley pronounces, after (Walt) Whitman, and (about) which he agrees with (William Carlos) Williams and that whole group, looking for an American place, looking for a place for themselves.
And that terminology of “place”, you’ll see continual in (Charles) Olson and (Robert) Creeley – that’s one of Creeley’s favorite words – “place”. And, for him, it’s not only … Read More
GRAHHH! GRAHH! GRAHH!
Grah gooooor! Ghahh! Graaarr! Greeeeer! Grayowhr!
GRAHHRR! RAHHR! GRAGHHRR! RAHR!
RAHRIRAHHR! GRAHHHR! GAHHR! HRAHR!
BE NOT SUGAR BUT BE LOVE
looking for sugar!
Student: I want to mention that Michael McClure has created something called a Grahh language..
AG: Yeah, beast language.
Student: (It’s in) Ghost Tantras.
AG: Ghost Tantras, yeah.
Student: ..which is, all the way, what is it, ninety-nine?
AG: Ninety-nine poems, or so [ninety-nine]. He was inspired by listening to the lions in the San Francisco Zoo, and listening to whale sounds and coyote
Irwin Allen Ginsberg in Newark, New Jersey, June 3, 1926, Allen would have been 88 years old today.
Happy Birthday, Allen! Happy Allen Ginsberg’s Birthday, everyone.
In celebration of an extraordinary life (and an exemplary death), we feature today Colin Still‘s masterly 1997 documentary No More To Say & Nothing To Weep For, originally commissioned by Channel 4 in England, and originally intended as a wider, more substantial profile (it was tragically cut short, or rather, re-envisioned, by Allen’s diagnosis of liver cancer, an event that took place just as the crew had arrived in … Read More
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
We’ve already noted the new titles, essential titles, by Robert Duncan. The University of California Press now publishes another essential book, this time from Robert Creeley – “The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley” (following on from his Collected Poems (in two volumes) and The Collected Essays (which is available, incidentally, on line, in its entirety))
Letters to Allen? – well, we counted twelve letters in the collection, (ok, nine letters, two faxes and one postcard! – this is a “thoroughly modern” collection, that includes, not only letters, but postcards, faxes – and e-mails!). The earliest is … Read More