Friday, April 19, 2013

Friday's Weekly Round-Up - 122

[cover for On Tibetan Buddhism, Mantras and Drugs - Interviews with Allen Ginsberg by Paul Lobo Portuges,  published by Word Palace Press, San Luis Obispo, California, 2013]  

[Cover illustration for the recently-published Brazilian (Portuguese) edition of Spontaneous Mind (Mente Espontanea) Selected Interviews 1958-1966, published by Novo Século (New Century) in São Paulo, Brazil, 2013]

[Cover illustration for original US edition of Spontaneous Mind - Selected Interviews 1958-1996, published by HarperCollins, New York, 2001]

A follow-up on last week's post about philistinism, and ignorance about Allen, in Arica, Chile. The controversy, it seems, has now effectively been resolved by an unequivocal public apology by Salvador Urrutia, that city's Mayor - "nuestras disculpas a Allen Ginsberg por las desatinadas, fundamentalistas e intolerantes declaraciones en contra de sus poemas que se han realizado en los recintos de nuestra Municipalidad"  ("our apologies to Allen Ginsberg for misguided, fundamentalist and intolerant statements that have been made in the halls of our Municipality"), he writes. He also offers apologies (disculpas) to Daniel Rojas Pachas, the poet targeted,  "objeto de ataques absurdos", (the) (object of  (these) absurd attacks). 

Performances this past week (in both Los Angeles and San Francisco) of the Hal Willner-Chloe Webb-Bill Frisell-Ralph Steadman Kaddish, revised somewhat from its New York debut last year. Positive reports is what we're hearing.   

The manuscript (from the Ray Davids collection) of a segment of  Wales Visitation (Allen's classic 1965 poem) that, as we reported a few weeks back, was up for sale at auction, surprised everyone, surpassing  the  £800 to £1,000 price-tag - it went for £3,125 (approximately $4,800).

Those who appreciated our recent posting(s) of Allen on haiku will appreciate this - (scroll down - but you'll be distracted scrolling down!) - from a selection of pieces from Zero magazine - "A Collage of Haiku, Kerouac's Spontaneous Writ, Zengakuren Couplets, Tibetan Mind-Training Slogans and Blake’s Augeries  with brief explanations – excerpts from a lecture 11/8/1978 at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. A class on meditation and poetics" - (there's also a second Ginsberg contribution - "Two Poems"  ("Fake Saint" and  "Old Pond", his hommage to Matsuo Basho). Contributions too from Leonard Cohen, John Ashbery, James Tate, interviews with Kenneth Rexroth, Paul Bowles, John Cage...  the site is well worth a visit.

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