Allen Ginsberg's family - Hannah (Honey) Litzky, aunt; Leo Litzky, uncle; Abe Ginsberg, uncle; Anna Ginsberg, aunt; Louis Ginsberg, father; Eugene Brooks, brother; Allen Ginsberg, poet; Anne Brooks, niece; Peter Brooks, nephew; Connie Brooks, sister-in-law; Lyle Brooks, nephew; Eugene Brooks; Neal Brooks, nephew; Edith Brooks, stepmother, Louis Ginsberg, Paterson, New Jersey, May 3 1970, 1993 - Gelatin silber print 96 x 240 inches (243.8 x 609.6 cm) - edition of 3 - (c) The Richard Avedon Foundation - from the collection of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem]
Next week in Philadelphia at the National Museum of American Jewish History (from April 1st through to August 2nd) - Richard Avedon - Family Affairs - the only US venue for this important photographic exhibition, featuring the famous Ginsberg-family group-portrait.
The day before that, in New York, at the Poets House, Ed Sanders' Seeking The Glyph - an exhibition and artist's talk - "selected drawings and daybooks by Edward Sanders from 1962 to the present exploring his colorful script of hand-draw characters, symbols and graphemes" (that exhibition remains on view until May 23rd).
Big news - Ed's Allen Ginsberg book - The Poetry and Life of Allen Ginsberg is now available on line at woodstockjournal.com - here's a link to that poem.
(Note also on woodstockjournal.com, the important developments in the case to uncover the true facts behind the assassination of Robert F Kennedy. Connect also to robertfkennedy-justicedenied.com. Spread the word.)
[Mohammed Ibn al-Dheeb al-Ajami]
It was UNESCO World Poetry Day last Saturday and PEN International marked the occasion in a special - and useful - way, "by directing public attention to the imprisonment, murder, and general harassment of poets, writers and journalists" - "We will be focusing on five cases that highlight the threats faced by writers who criticize those in power - Aran Atabek (Kazakhstan), [in prison since 2007, and much of it in solitary confinement], Mohammed Ibn al-Dheeb al-Ajami (Qatar), [incredibly, serving a life-sentence for publicly reciting a poem!], Enoh Meyomesse (Cameroon), [serving a politically-motivated seven-year sentence], [the murdered poet and activist], Susana Chávez Castillo (Mexico), and Liu Xia (China), [wife of jailed Nobel peace prize-winner, Liu Xiaobo, currently kept against her will and laboring under house arrest]." "These cases are already well-known to PEN members, who have been campaigning on their behalf for years. Sadly, there has been little significant progress made towards justice in any of these cases."
Lawrence Ferlinghetti's 96th birthday this past week. For our Ginsberg Project posting see here
For the PBS segment (Ferlinghetti on San Francisco gentrification), along with a transcript, see here
Pioneer of free speech - Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
and, (following up on a story we reported on earlier), on a not-unrelated note...