Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Because

This is a story from Dean Lilleyman's book Billy and the Devil. For more info and to purchase, click here.


Friday, April 25, 2014

A Large Selection of Bukowski Readings via Ubuweb


This is nowhere near news, but it is nonetheless a gem. A large selection of Charles Bukowski recordings of him reading his work is up on Ubuweb. Readings included are: At Terror Street and Agony Way (1968), 70 Minutes in Hell (1969), King of Poets (1970), Poems and Insults (1973), Solid Citizen (1978), Hostage (1980) and an interview dated 1986. Bukowski fans rejoice!

To listen, follow this link.  

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Gary Snyder on Ecology and Poetry

Happy Earth Day! Here's some classic footage of Gary Snyder talking about ecology and poetry as well as reading some of his own work.





Monday, April 21, 2014

Herb Gold interview: "Elder Statesman of the Beat Generation"


San Francisco writer and author Herb Gold, deemed an "elder statesman of the Beat Generation," turned 90 on March 9 and celebrated with his kids and grandkids.
From his book- and light-filled flat on Russian Hill, a one-bedroom walkup he calls his "Beatnik pad," the author of more than 20 books talked about the literary life, aging and social media.
He is the father of five grown kids and has six grandchildren, his most recent memoir is titled "Still Alive: A Temporary Condition," and he's written a novel due out this year.

To read the full interview, via SFGate, click here.

Luis J. Rodriguez for California Governor 2014

Luis Rodriguez is running for California Governor 2014.


Friday, April 18, 2014

Big K.R.I.T. - Steps

Good documentary of Mississippi rapper/producer Big K.R.I.T. following him on his recent tour. #Cadilactica


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Miraculous Dynamism


Miraculous Dynamism
"Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another." —Albert Einstein
Today in our meditation we will explore our essential energetic nature. At the deepest level, we are all powerful energetic beings. We inherently possess the ability to shift the world around us with our presence and how we project ourselves. When we walk into a room, our energetic state of being is communicated before we say a word. If we’re coming from love, everyone feels it. And if we’re feeling resentful, edgy, sad or preoccupied, everyone can feel that, too. Silently, our energy speaks and our thoughts, feelings and intentions ripple out into the world.
Our capacity to affect others with our energy is both a gift and a responsibility. Ultimately, we have the power to choose how we show up and interact in this world. When we choose to come from compassion, peace, and unity, we become a powerful force for good and open the door to deep and rich relationships.
Our centering thought for today is:
I use my energy to heal and transform.
MINDFUL MOMENT
Today, pay attention to your energetic state. Take time to focus your awareness on how your state of being may be affecting other people. If you notice that you’re feeling prickly, irritable, or otherwise out of sorts, take a few moments to breathe deeply into your heart, sending yourself love and self-compassion. Acknowledge your distress without judging it, and notice how your energy shifts. Each time you pause, assess, reframe, and choose love, you are truly leading your life toward your destiny. You are opening to your infinite potential.


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sylvia Plath Documentary

I do have some complaints, but this is a good documentary about the life of Sylvia Plath. It features interviews of those who knew her and sprinkled throughout is her reading her own poems.


Monday, April 7, 2014

Great Footage of Poets Reading at Skylight Books

On April 11, 2009, there was an awesomely attended Slam Poetry Round Robin Event at Skylight Books in Los Angeles. This video is a mash up of pieces from Saul Williams, Douglas Kearney, Beau Sia, and Mike the Poet.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Milarepa - Yogic Necessity


Yogic Necessity

Because I fear the great rain,
I seek for house to remain in,
Sunyata is my good house,
I find joy where I maintain.
Because I fear the cold,
I seek for clothes to hold,
The inner fire is my dress,
I find warm enough and bold.
Because I fear being poor,
I seek money out of doors,
But find gems within,
Myself is the donor.
Because I fear great hunger,
I seek for some food and beg,
Samadhi is a good food,
I feel hungry no longer.
Because I fear the thirst,
I seek for something to drink.
Mindfulness is a good wine,
I need nothing else to think.
Because I fear being lonesome,
I seek for a friend handsome.
The void-bliss is the best one,
I need no sweet friend to come.
Because I fear going astray,
I seek path which will not betray.
I find the short path is two-in-one,
I am not afraid to lose my way.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Corssing Brooklyn Ferry Reimagined

I loved well those cities..., for narrator and band, was commissioned by The Goldman Memorial Band, Dr. C. Christian Wilhjelm, Director, and is based on excerpts of Walt Whitman’s poem Crossing Brooklyn Ferry. Originally written in 1856 (revised 1881) the poem is at once a reflective and sensuous work, full of Whitman’s detailed impressions of the landscape of Manhattan and Brooklyn as seen from a ferry boat on the East River. Whitman offers his very personal observations to people not yet born, to generations “a hundred years hence, or ever so many hundred years hence”, of the beauty of his New York. Whitman further informs us that the joys we receive from our senses in observing a sunrise, or being part of a crowd, or watching ships sailing on a river were the same joys felt by him ages ago. The poem is a fascinating tribute to cities everywhere and the timelessness of the human spirit.