Category Archives: Beats

Patti Smith: Horses “Evolved Organically From My First Poetry Reading”

Via the Poetry Project at St. Marks, I came across this brief video posted by the music site/magazine NME featuring Patti Smith, called “My First Gig: Desecrating a Church with Electric Guitar.”  Smith talks about her first performance “worthy of remembering,” which was … Continue reading

Posted in Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, Anne Waldman, Beats, Gerard Malanga, John Giorno, Lou Reed, Music, Patti Smith, Poetry Project at St. Marks, Video | 2 Comments

Frank O’Hara, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and the Evolution of Lunch Poems

w There’s been a lot of welcome attention lately to the 50th anniversary of Frank O’Hara’s 1964 book Lunch Poems, including a star-studded group reading of the book at the Poetry Project the other night.  As I mentioned before, City Lights … Continue reading

Posted in Allen Ginsberg, Beats, Frank O'Hara, Joe LeSueur, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Letters / Correspondence, Vincent Warren

PoemTalk podcast on Anne Waldman

The latest installment of the terrific podcast series PoemTalk, hosted by Al Filreis, features a discussion of a poem by Anne Waldman.  Filreis is joined by Orchid Tierney, Stacy Szymaszek, and Pierre Joris for a lively and illuminating conversation about Waldman’s poem “To the Censorious Ones,” … Continue reading

Posted in Anne Waldman, Beats, Podcast

James Schuyler on Allen Ginsberg and the Beats

From a 1990 interview with James Schuyler, by Raymond Foye — another interesting sign of the complicated relationship between the Beats and the New York School of poets: Q: How did you feel about the Beats when they came along? A: I … Continue reading

Posted in Allen Ginsberg, Beats, Frank O'Hara, Jack Kerouac, James Schuyler

William S. Burroughs to Frank O’Hara: Drop Dead

William S. Burroughs was born one hundred years ago today.  In honor of his centennial, there has been a great deal of activity in Burroughs-land, including a series of events in various cities, with a big centenary conference getting underway … Continue reading

Posted in Allen Ginsberg, Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), Beats, Delmore Schwartz, Diane Di Prima, Frank O'Hara, Gregory Corso, Jack Kerouac, Peter Schjeldahl, William S. Burroughs

LeRoi and Frank: On the Friendship of Amiri Baraka and Frank O’Hara

In the weeks since Amiri Baraka passed away, there has been a flood of tributes and commentary on his work, his controversial career, and his immense legacy and importance. Many of them have discussed his “Beat” phase and touched on … Continue reading

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Rare footage of Frank O’Hara, Allen Ginsberg, and Amiri Baraka reading in 1959*

Via the Allen Ginsberg Project, I just learned of the existence of some rare, but apparently now-available, footage by the experimental filmmaker Jonas Mekas that features Frank O’Hara, Allen Ginsberg, Amiri Baraka (then LeRoi Jones), and Ray Bremser giving a … Continue reading

Posted in Allen Ginsberg, Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), Beats, Film, Frank O'Hara, Jonas Mekas, Video | 4 Comments