More on the film adaptation of “Howl”

November 22, 2010

While working on my Poetry on the Web paper, I found this link to an interview done with Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, the makers of the movie adaptation of “Howl.” It was a pretty interesting article and, perhaps surprisingly, a very positive review of the film. The interview offers some cool insight into the nature of translating poetry/the written word into another kind of media. Another neat thing is that the interview was conducted by a poet, D.A. Powell.

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September 16, 2010

Links for information on/text of the traditional Jewish Mourner’s Kaddish:

Here and here

Also of interest, a theatre production of “Kaddish.”

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The Howl Challenge

September 14, 2010

The latest in a series of creative writing challenges that are not required unless you want me to respect and love you.  I’m just sayin’.

1)  Compose at least 15 lines of poetry that begin with the phrase “I saw the best minds of my generation…” and that closely imitate Ginsberg’s formal and syntactical patterns.   2) Post your poem here.

p.s. where are my sestinas, slackers?

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Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg

August 26, 2010

Just wanted to let everyone know that there is a cool exhibit up at the National Portrait Gallery in DC right now that features Allen Ginsberg’s photography. It includes pictures of famous members of the Beat movement (such as Jack Kerouac) as well as photographs of his friends, lovers and himself. The exhibit ends September 16th, which actually coincides with the week we will be studying Ginsberg.

Maybe we can get together a CoPo car pool?

Link to the exhibit is here.

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Dylan and Ginsberg

August 26, 2010

Hey all,

Saw this article the other day and thought it would be an interesting read for how some of the beat writers like Kerouac and Ginsberg was interacting with other artists in America at the time, namely Bob Dylan. The article has some interesting cursory biographical information concerning Ginsberg’s life and his poems and who could turn down such a great story? I know it’s a little long, but if you have free time I highly recommend it. There’s also a host of other stories concerning the Gins here. Everything from the ridiculous “last soup” to something interesting from the poet’s own mouth.

It was also interesting to discover the title of the article as advertised, “Bob Dylan and the Beats.” Made me wonder if America today cares more for singer poets than for written poets? What do you think–are people bigger fans of someone like Bob Dylan or someone like Allen Ginsberg? I tend to think that simply for his iconic status, Dylan is favored. Perhaps people favor something they can see rather than something they read or can hear? (thinking Kennedy vs. Nixon debate) Thoughts?

Happy reading!

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