Sappho continues – (Hymn to Aphrodite – Ed Sanders)

[Ed Sanders performs Sappho”  (accompanied by Steven Taylor) from a 1990 release “Songs in Ancient Greek“] AG: So to begin with now, beginning with Ed Sanders again.. but a different recording by Ed Sanders than the one I found last night. I mentioned that he was working with the five-finger electronic pulse-lyre (to substitute for the four-stringed tortoise-shell lyre). Mixolydian mode – I don’t know if he’s actually using a Mixolydian Mode – This [that I’m about to play] is a performance by Ed Sanders of the “Hymn to Aphrodite” with his pulse-lyre – December 1978, I think, … Read More

Marianne Faithfull

 [Marianne Faithfull performing at Sin-é,  1992 – Photograph by Allen Ginsberg – courtesy the Allen Ginsberg Collection of Photographs at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto, Canada]  

Sinead O’Connor performing at Sine, on The Allen Ginsberg Project yesterday. We thought we’d follow that up with Allen’s image of Marianne Faithfull performing at that same East Village New York City club.  We’ve featured Marianne before here (in connection with Gregory Corso) and also here 

A little bit of candid conversation

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Ginsberg at UMass, Lowell – part 1 (Burroughs and Kerouac)



Allen Ginsberg at the UMass (Lowell)

Courtesy the video archives of the Jack and Stella Kerouac Center For Public Humanities (scroll down), Allen Ginsberg speaking on and reading from William Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, Philip Whalen, Nanao Sakaki, Robert Creeley, Gregory Corso, and John Wieners, recorded at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, 1991 Following a broef introduction by Bill Roberts, the head of the English department (who notes Robert Creeley is in the house) and Hamid Shirvani, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Allen begins speaking AG: Actually, my understanding is that this … Read More

More Writing Precepts/Slogans


Jack Kerouac (1922-1969)

Allen continues with the numbered precepts, thirty precepts, that comprise Jack Kerouac’s “Belief & Technique for Modern Prose”

 (24) “No fear or shame in the dignity of yr experience, language & knowledge”  – That’s a little bit like the negative capability of John Keats – Does anybody know that phrase – “Negative Capability”? (and how many do not know “negative capability”?  – One of the great phrases of all literature and all mind-tricks (it’s a great mind-trick phrase) which is..   It’s from a letter by John Keats to his brother, saying, “I was thinking about … Read More

Ginsberg on Mind Flow – 2 (and Paying Attention)


AG: (Where does your mind-image display?)  It’s sort of in front of your nose, and up above. It may vary for people. Student: You mean outside..? AG: Pardon me? Student: You mean outside? You think, and then you put yourself outside.. AG: You think of it, but then you do put yourself…?     Student: (In front of you. It’s not on your face) AG: Ok, no, I’m just wondering. So, the question is – where, in the space of your dark head space (with the eyes closed), where does the picture appear? – and I’m saying, to me, it seems … Read More

Ginsberg on Mind Flow (Wittgensteinian Linguistic Analysis)

Allen continues to elucidate the thirty precepts that comprise Jack Kerouac’s “Belief & Technique for Modern Prose” AG:  “(21) “Struggle to sketch the flow that already exists intact in your mind” –  That’s the real key, or that’s the main slogan here – Struggle – well, I wouldn’t say a struggle – but, “sketch the flow that already exists intact in your mind” – in mind.  So what he’s saying is there already is an interior monologue, or interior talk, or interior movie going on, you’re always seeing movies inside, you’re always dreaming movies, daydreaming movies. If you’re a novelist, … Read More

Allen Ginsberg on Jack Kerouac (1982 Workshop at the Kerouac Conference)


[“Jack Kerouac wandering along East 9th Street after visiting (William) Burroughs at our pad, passing statue of Congressman Samuel “Sunset” Cox, “the letter-carrier’s friend” in Tompkins Square toward Corner of Avenue A, Lower East Side, he’s making a Dostoyevsky-mad face or Russian basso be-bop Om, just walking around the neighborhood, then involved with The Subterraneans, pencils & notebook in wool shirt-pocket, Fall 1953, Manhattan” – (Photograph and Inscription by Allen Ginsberg) – c. Allen Ginsberg Estate.]

We’ve been in the past weeks spotlighting Clark Coolidge and Robert Creeley’s remarks at the 1982 symposium on Jack Read More

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)

[Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) – photographed by Allen Ginsberg, December 20, 1987 – c. The Estate of Allen Ginsberg]

Jean-Michel Basquait died on this day, twenty-seven years ago today (has it really been that long?)  [– thirty years ago now! – wow! – 2018!] Recently up (2015) at Brooklyn Museum a selection from Basquiat’s Notebooks  Don’t miss on Hyperallergic – Megan Liberty – “An Intimate Reading of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s poetry“. Here‘s the ever-perceptive Luc Sante on Basquiat’s Notebooks – in the New York Times 

Rene Ricard‘s groundbreaking December 1981 article (on Basquait and Keith Haring) … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 230


Yesterday was Diane Di Prima‘s 81st birthday. Here’s the extraodinary class she gave last May (with Professor Steven Goodman) at the California Institute of Integral Studies – in two parts, here and here 

Earlier Diane Di Prima birthday shout-outs on the Allen Ginsberg Project here, here, and here

Here‘s a two-part story on another prominent Italian-American – Lawrence Ferlinghettihere and here and  an excerpt from his forthcoming book Writing Across The Landscape (a further excerpt may be found – here)

& keeping the Italian theme, Gregory Corso’s Gasoline appears in

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William Burroughs’ Proclamation – (Do Easy)

AG: Another proclamation –  from (William) Burroughs – this is somewhat a mindfulness proclamation – from  Exterminator! , page 57. (It features) his favorite character, Colonel Sutton Smith (he wrote another chapter of Colonel Sutton Smith this summer), sort of a parody of an English ex-military Zen man, so to speak, someone with perfect Western consciousness, or perfect Western mindfulness. But what’s interesting in (that) Burroughs outline is a kind of precision and mindfulness very similar to, say, Zen gardening,or flower-arrangement, or archery. Burroughs’ own system, which, with his usual humor, he even parodies – or he sets forth,

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