Larry Fagin (1937-2017)

Larry Fagin, poet, editor, teacher, long-time leading member of the so-called “New York School” of poetry, died yesterday. He was 79 years old. An important co-worker with Allen at Naropa (and, coincidentally, upstairs neighbour in his 12th Street tenement in Manhattan), he was, (though not himself a Buddhist), alongside fellow St Marks poet, Anne Waldman, one of the key figures in the initial years of that on-going experiment. Allen himself was quite unequivocal – “I don’t know of a better editor and teacher of poetry and prose than Fagin”, he once declared. Larry’s early teaching there can … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 163

 

[Allen asleep in Vancouver 1963 (from the Bobbie-Louise Hawkins home-movies]

We’ve spoken of the Allen and Robert Creeley relationship before (and will again). Meantime, glimpse the two of them together (and a whole roster of other “famous names” –  “company”, in Bob’s memorable term – Charles Olson, Robert Duncan, John WienersDenise Levertov, Gary Snyder, Michael McClure, Tuli Kupferberg, Ed Sanders, Ed Dorn, Alex Trocchi..  The list goes on.  Charles Bernstein has generously put up Bobbie Louise Hawkins‘ old home-movies (from 1962 to 1965) up on PennSound (and on … Read More

Gleanings From The Blogs

[Shig Murao, Cafe Trieste, San Francisco, June 1988. Photo: Allen Ginsberg. c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]

Poet Ron Silliman over on his blog has been running a contest and offering free copies of the Howl DVD to the first three that get the answer right. Too late now, the answers are in, but readers of The Allen Ginsberg Project shouldn’t have had much difficulty. Shig Murao, the answer, the “forgotten” hero of the Howl trial, we reported on, you may recall, in October of last year. Tuesday’s Silliman posting posed the question, today’s (Wednesday) provides the answer.

While … Read More

Howl Premieres Tonight!

After so many years, some nine years in fact, Howl (the movie) premieres in NYC tonight, and opens in NYC & SF theaters Friday, and nationwide (US) next week. Congratulations to Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman for completing this monumental project, to Eric Drooker for the herculean task of animation design, & John Hays at Wild Brain for shepherding Drooker through that task, Werk Work Works for coming in and financing the project, to Jawal Nga who jumped in at the very beginning before anyone had a clear idea of where the film would go or even if it would … Read More