Allen Ginsberg

Allen Ginsberg: Heartthrob

Cover Art: Howl: The Original Draft Facsimile / Allen GinsbergGranted, casting James Franco as the poet Allen Ginsberg in the new film Howl is not as bizarre as trying to shoehorn John Wayne into the role of Genghis Khan, nor as venal as tapping Brad Pitt to play Achilles. Still, my initial reaction was, "What? Matthew McConaughey wasn't available?"

After I managed to talk myself off the ledge with the promise of cookies and the reassuring notion that at most three or four people would pay to see a movie about an Eisenhower-era obscenity trial surrounding a poem that today could be used to sell artfully distressed lofts to red state fauxhemians, I had to concede that of today's young actors Franco is the only one with the perverse, what-the-[heck] sensibility to pull it off.

GLBT Poetry

Photo Credit: Elod-Eye by Frédéric DupontIt has been said that we learn through our hands and fall in love through our eyes. I don't know if either is true, but I suspect both are. One thing I do know is that Eros is the most capricious of deities. We can't control who we're attracted to any more than we can control a sneeze.

A Poet By Any Other Name Is Still Unknown and Broke

In 1961, Newton Minow called television “a vast wasteland.”
In 2009, it’s pretty safe to sayTV test pattern Indian Head image largest test pattern from 1960's by Wonderlane Ol' Newt's perception of scale was just a smidge off the mark. The brain fairly puckers to imagine the description he would cough up today.

Rimbaud, Kerouac and Other Heroes I've Slain (A Family Tree of Sorts)

Photo: Details of an Old Typewriter by Raúl Hernández González  Once an angry man dragged his father along the ground through his own orchard. “Stop! Stop!” cried the old man, “I didn't drag my own father beyond this tree.”The Making of Americans

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