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Video: “Dear America” by Jose Bello

Two days after he read this poem at a TRUTH Act forum in Bakersfield, California, ICE arrested Jose Bello.

July 2, 2019 · 1 Comment

Paul Christensen: Images

One powerful image can overthrow the whole decaying edifice of empiricism and thrust us back into the medieval mind of gods, miracles, witches, and the wonders of an empowered and … Continue reading

September 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Audio: Allen Ginsberg’s first recorded reading of “Howl” (1956)

Allen Ginsberg said in a 1985 interview that “Howl” began with another poem. Ginsberg, who had studied at Columbia University, sent a poem called “Dream Record, 1955” to poet and … Continue reading

September 6, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: “The Ballad of the Skeletons” by Allen Ginsberg with Paul McCartney and Philip Glass

In October of 1995, Ginsberg visited Paul McCartney and his family at their home in England. He recited The Ballad of the Skeletons while one of McCartney’s daughters filmed it. … Continue reading

August 15, 2015 · 8 Comments

Video: “Father Death Blues” sung by Allen Ginsberg

Irwin Allen Ginsberg (June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997) was an American poet and one of the leading figures of both the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the … Continue reading

March 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: Baltimore

I realize I quote her as often as Allen Ginsberg quoted Jack Kerouac, but when she was three my daughter said, “It’s not crazy—it’s Baltimore,” then proceeded to improvise better … Continue reading

November 15, 2014 · 2 Comments

Jack Kerouac (rare footage) / Cat Power – Good Woman

Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Lucian Carr, and others in New York 1959… set to soundtrack of “Good Woman” by Cat Power.        

November 15, 2014 · 1 Comment

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