Allen Ginsberg – Iron Curtain Journals
November 5, 2018
Publication day tomorrow (November 6) for Allen Ginsberg – Iron Curtain Journals – January-May 1965, edited by Michael Schumacher and published by the University of Minnesota Press – the first of three in a series of unpublished travel journals Anne Waldman: “”Iron Curtain Journals is a romp of complex encounters and intrigue:[…]
more Blake – (“On Anothers Sorrow”)
October 25, 2018
“On Anothers Sorrow“:  Let’s see.  I haven’t sung this in a long time.  “On Anothers Sorrow”.  I like this particular poem a great deal.  I like the repeated rhymes.  When I was a kid this was one of the rhymes that stuck in my head most of all.  One of the rhythmic[…]
William Carlos Williams’ Birthday (92nd Street Y Reading)
September 17, 2018
 Today (September 17) is William Carlos Williams‘ birthday (born 1883, and died eighty years later in his hometown of Rutherford, New Jersey) Poet William Carlos Williams opened the first season of the 92nd Street Y’s Unterberg Poetry[…]
Alice Notley on Allen Ginsberg – 4
September 13, 2018
Alice Notley talk on Allen Ginsberg and his exemplary internationalism continues and concludes today Poem 6 is a song, “Industrial Waves,” that is to be sung (and I don’t know the[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 372
June 29, 2018
  “In a climate of fear and hysteria..” – It’s always revealing and instructive to “get to see the files”. We featured a lengthy post on Allen’s FBI files some years back (courtesy the pioneering work of Shawn Musgrave and Muck Rock). Another tenacious investigator. S.P. Sullivan is to be commended for[…]
Compositional Practice (Sustained Attention – 2)
May 16, 2018
Allen Ginsberg on compositional practice continues from here Student: Ted (Berrigan) says you write poems when you’re on a retreat. AG:  Sometimes. If I’m somewhere where I don’t have to do anything, then I tend to write. Like, I wrote a lot up in.. when I went up that week for the[…]
William Carlos Williams’ Sappho
May 2, 2018
We continue today with transcription from Allen’s May 29, 1980, Basic Poetics classes at Naropa.  We’ve almost come to the end of this series of transcriptions.  Following on from an examination of Christopher Smart and his “Jubilate Agno”, Allen examines William Carlos Williams‘ translation (in Paterson) of a fragment of Sappho.’ AG[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 359
March 30, 2018
Today, Friday March 30th. is Howl dedicatee, Carl Solomon‘s birthday. For last year’s Carl Solomon posting (“Remembering Carl Solomon”) – see here) It’s also the anniversary of Rimbaud‘s lover, the poet, Paul Verlaine‘s birthday.  (For a[…]
Elazar Larry Freifeld Tel Aviv 1988 Interview
March 3, 2018
Allen Ginsberg in Israel. This interview with Elazar Larry Freifeld was conducted at Tel Aviv University in 1988, and published in Moznaim (in Hebrew). It appeared a year later (In English) in The Tel Aviv Review, and most[…]
The Counter-Tradition of Williams
February 27, 2018
AG: So that [“Love Letter”}  was like a real serious attempt to get the depths and solemnity of, you know, a love poem by (John) Donne, (and that was taken to be[…]