Allen Ginsberg on Everything
Copyright 1966 by the Los Angeles Free Press. Reprinted with permission.
“All a man wants is a home like a castle, all a man wants is peace at his door, all a man wants is a tree by his window...”
(A poem fragment tape-recorded by Ginsberg on the Los Angeles freeways)
Last Friday I had a three hour conversation at the Free Press office with Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky, who are presently touring the country writing poetry, giving readings and meeting people.
Feb 1, 2023
Allen Ginsberg’s Wichita Vortex Sutra
February 14, 1966
Face the Nation
Thru Hickman’s rolling earth hills
gray sky bare trees lining the road
South to Wichita
you’re in the Pepsi Generation Signum enroute
Aiken Republican on the radio 60,000
Northvietnamese troops now infiltrated but over 250,000
South Vietnamese armed men
Feb 19, 2023
Fifth Estate Collective
Conversations with Allen Ginsberg
Two interviews with the poet on life, death, sex, poetry, Kerouac, and meditation—the first from 1991, published here for the first time; the second from the October 1969 issue of Fifth Estate.
Note: In October 1991, Fifth Estate staff member Peter Werbe interviewed poet Allen Ginsberg on the radio talk show he hosts. Ginsberg was in Ann Arbor for the performance of his opera, “Hydrogen Jukebox,” a collaboration with composer and pianist Philip Glass. As were so many of Ginsberg’s Michigan appearances, the opening was a benefit for Jewel Heart, an international organization of Tibetan Buddhist and cultural centers.
Feb 16, 2016
Ginsberg: The trees are our allies
Editors’ Note: this interview with poet Allen Ginsberg took place at 10 a.m. on October 15 while driving from Detroit’s inner city to Macomb College, where he was reading. Ginsberg was in the area doing a series of readings for the John Sinclair Defense Fund and a benefit for the Ann Arbor Argus.
Fifth Estate: What place does poetry have in the United States, at the present time, in connection with the movement?
Aug 1, 2019
The Familiar Presence
Editors’ Note: The trial of the Chicago Conspiracy 7 is a trial of one consciousness by another. On December 11, Allen Ginsberg, poet and man of the planet, came to Julius Hoffman’s courtroom to speak in behalf of Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, and the Yippie Festival of Life that fell before police clubs in Lincoln Park and on Michigan Avenue last August at the Democratic Convention.
Jun 8, 2023
The Maharishi and Me
I saw Maharishi speak here January 21st and then went up to the Plaza Hotel that evening (I’d phoned for tickets to his organization and on return telephone call they invited me up, saying Maharishi wanted to see me)... so surrounded by his disciples I sat at his feet on the floor and listened while he spoke.
Nov 30, 2017