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[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0872860175″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”” width=”127″ alt=”Allen Ginsberg”] Remembering Allen Ginsberg who died on this day in 1997.

The first installment in this year’s National Poetry Month series of poets reading their work…

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Howl and Other Poems
Allen Ginsberg

Paperback: City Lights.
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My recommendation: Start the video and minimize the window.  Listen to Ginsberg and ignore the ridiculous imagery.

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Allen Ginsberg on Jack KerouacToday is the birthday of beat poet Jack Kerouac, and as a special treat, we are featuring a rare recording of Allen Ginsberg overviewing Kerouac’s life and work.


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This recording is part of Ginsberg’s Naropa University Archive Project on



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Part Two:




ALSO of interest…

[ Allen Ginsberg Sings William Blake ]


Image credit: Tom Palumbo, Creative Commons licensed through Wikimedia Commons


Allen Ginsberg Sings William BlakeOne of the oddest, and yet most extraordinarily fascinating poetry recordings that I have heard in recent years…

A reading by Allen Ginsberg performing William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience.

Songs of Innocence includes: “The Shepherd,” “The Echoing Green,” “The Lamb,” “The Little Black Boy,” “The Blossom,” “The Chimney Sweeper,” “The Little Boy Lost,” “The Little Boy Found,” “Laughing Song,” and “Holy Thursday.”

Songs of Experience includes: “Nurse’s Song,” “The Sick Rose,” “Ah Sunflower,” “The Garden of Love,” “London,” “The Human Abstract,” “To Tirzah” and “The Grey Monk.”

Recording via Naropa Poetics Collection at

Image via Wikimedia Commons.

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Psalm III
Allen Ginsberg

From the collection:

Reality Sandwiches: Poems 1953-1960.
Paperback: City Lights Books, 2001.
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Also, don’t miss our recent review of the new book Philosophy of the Beats!

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Continuing our National Poetry Month theme of recordings of poets reading their poems, here’s Allen Ginsberg reading “Ballad of the Skeletons,” with Paul McCartney accompanying him on the guitar.

RIP, Allen Ginsberg, who died on this day in 1997.
Today is the 15th anniversary of his death.

Ballad of the Skeletons
Allen Ginsberg with Paul McCartney

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