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Self-evidence with Difficulty April 9, 2014: [caption id="attachment_84258" align="alignright" width="500"] Site of the Café Le Métro poetry reading coffeehouse from 1963-1965, located at 149 2nd Ave., New York City[/caption] For many years I’ve been interested in difficulty; I suppose in the present context it could be called the poetics of difficulty. I remember at age 14 carrying [...] by

Ferlinghetti’s 1950-2013 Travel Journals to be Published September 2015 March 18, 2014: You heard that right! We'll See You.... in a long long line that is already forming in front of several thousand bookstores. We can't wait! Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the poet who was tried on obscenity charges after publishing Allen Ginsberg's Howl and Other Poems in 1956, is to release his own travel journals, covering more than 60 years of [...] by

PopFront Marxists Sure Can Dance February 21, 2014: PopFront inaugurates its "Marxist Mixtape" series with Allen Ginsberg's "The Ballad of the Skeletons." PopFront writes, "The goal of Marxist Mixtape is to cover individual songs from any era or genre that could constitute a contemporary popular front; that is, music that contains some progressive or leftist content, even if it’s just a blip [...] by

Six Gallery Poets Featured in Photo Exhibition February 19, 2014: We just found out about this magnificent photo exhibition currently up at Utah State University's Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art: Nobody Goes Home Sad: Photographs of the Six Gallery Poets 1956-2000. Walter Lehrman photographed his friends at a poetry reading in Berkeley shortly after they made waves in San Francisco with a reading at the [...] by

‘Dear Bozo’: Creeley’s Letters to Allen Ginsberg January 13, 2014: A wonderful addition to the world made manifest by the good editors at University of California Press is The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley, edited by Rod Smith, Peter Baker, and Kaplan Harris. You excited? Yeah, so are we! To give a taste of what lies therein, The Allen Ginsberg Project has posted a few short notes Bob wrote to Allen over [...] by

Locus Solus Serves Up Rare Frank O’Hara, Allen Ginsberg, and Amiri Baraka Footage November 7, 2013: We're grateful to Andrew Epstein for pointing us to this rare footage of a poetry reading featuring Frank O’Hara, Allen Ginsberg, Amiri Baraka (then LeRoi Jones), and Ray Bremser at the Living Theater in 1957. The footage arrived via the Allen Ginsberg Project and runs for three minutes, with Ginsberg's "Sunflower Sutra" dubbed over the [...] by

Ginsy Goes to the Movies with Kill Your Darlings October 18, 2013: It's Friday, and if you're heading to the movies you can do a lot worse than checking out a flick featuring a young Allen Ginsberg! For all you beatniks out there, you probably already know that Ginsy wasn't always the pot smoking bearded Buddha. As a student at Columbia University, he looked more like... Harry Potter? The NY Times looks into [...] by

SF Zine Fest in Review: Best of the Lo-Fi Set! September 5, 2013: San Francisco Zine Fest took place this weekend! Known as the Bay Area's "Premiere Zine Festival," Sam Lefebvre of SF Weekly provided us with this fantastic wrap-up and one heck of a factoid-fact about Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, V. Vale, and Search and Destroy Magazine! Although the Internet provides a platform for anyone to [...] by

Angst For Hire August 16, 2013: The Atlantic recently posted an article noting a Craigslist ad from an enterprising poet, Aaron Belz, that read: "Poet available to begin work immediately. Capable in rhyme and meter, fluent in traditional and contemporary forms. Quotidian observations available at standard rate of $15/hour; occasional verse at slightly higher rate of [...] by

Allen Ginsberg and Patti Smith, Holy! August 9, 2013: Open Culture just posted two mesmerizing videos of Patti Smith reciting Allen Ginsberg's “Footnote to Howl.” In one rendition, Smith is backed by Philip Glass and Tibetan monks, and in the other, Smith is chanting acappella in Florence, Italy: Today, we bring the two together, in two versions of Smith reading Ginsberg’s [...] by