Category Archives: Allen Ginsberg

Fuck You: A Magazine of the Arts (1962-1965)

“In February of 1962 I was sitting in Stanley’s Bar at 12th and B with some friends from the Catholic Worker. We’d just seen Jonas Mekas’s movie Guns of the Trees, and I announced I was going to publish a … Continue reading

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Cafe Au Go Go

“The Cafe Au Go Go was a Greenwich Village night club located in the basement of the New Andy Warhol Garrick Theatre building in the late 1960s, and located at 152 Bleecker Street in Manhattan, New York City. The club … Continue reading

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Greenwich Village Theater in the 1960s

“… In the 1950s, the West Village and, later, the newly designated, edgier East Village (rebranded from the northern part of the Lower East Side around 1964) became the cradle of New York’s Beat generation, with its new, raw, and … Continue reading

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“Burroughs Is a Poet Too, Really”: The Poetics of Minutes to Go

“The long and intimate association of William Burroughs with poets is well known: Ginsberg, most obviously, as well as Corso, Creeley, Ferlinghetti, Leroi Jones, John Giorno, and so on. But to talk of Burroughs’ own material engagement with poetic form … Continue reading

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Nathan Gelgud – Unconventional, Part 1: Ed Sanders and the Liberal Puritan

“In anticipation of the Republican and Democratic national conventions later this summer, Nathan Gelgud, one of the Daily’s new correspondents, will be posting a regular weekly comic about the writers, artists, and demonstrators who attended the contested 1968 DNC.  …” The Paris … Continue reading

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The New York School: The First Generation

Left to right: Arthur Gold, Julia Gruen, Harold Clurman, Bobby Fizdale, John Ashbery, Jane Freilicher, Joe Hazan, and Jane Wilson, Water Mill, New York, 1962. Photograph by John Gruen. “The New York School really began, strangely enough, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, … Continue reading

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Poetry Readings/Reading Poetry in the San Francisco Bay Area; Poems in Street, Coffeehouse, and Print—The Mid-1960s; The Language in Trouble—The Late 1960s, etc.

Beatniks on parade 1958. “Part I. In 1958, in Richmond, across the bay from San Francisco, I was in the twelfth grade. In Mrs. Weatherby’s English class, a history of literature, the mandatory play was Hamlet. We had come to … Continue reading

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All Poets Welcome: The Lower East Side Poetry Scene in the 1960s – Daniel Kane

“This landmark book, together with its accompanying CD, captures the heady excitement of the vibrant, irreverent poetry scene of New York’s Lower East Side in the 1960s. Drawing from personal interviews with many of the participants, from unpublished letters, and … Continue reading

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Ken Kesey: One Who Wigged Out (May 1966)

“Where is novelist Ken Kesey? It has been months and still no word on him. Not since O. Henry, 70 years ago, has an American lit­erary figure taken it on the lam after getting into trouble with the law. O. … Continue reading

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Kaddish and Other Poems 1958-1960 – Allen Ginsberg

“Kaddish and Other Poems 1958-1960 (1961) is a book of poems by Allen Ginsberg published by City Lights Bookstore. The lead poem ‘Kaddish‘ also known as ‘Kaddish for Naomi Ginsberg (1894-1956)’, was written in two parts by Beat writer Allen … Continue reading

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