"I Greet You At The Beginning Of A Great Career: The Selected Correspondence of Lawrence Ferlinghetti And Allen Ginsberg 1955-1997" Edited by Bill Morgan.
"The Letters Of Allen Ginsberg" Edited by Bill Morgan
I will quote from these two volumes tonight. At the library used books store I read a letter by Ginsberg to Ferlinghetti where he writes that at a Poetry Reading Time when reporting on the poetry reading distorted what actually took place. I will quote from this letter written on February 17, 1959.
". . . God, reporters all over, asking the same questions and no end in sight, it's getting stranger and stranger, life. Beginning to get invites from TV programs but have been holding out for scene where I can read poetry rather than discuss Beatnikism. The world is really mad. That Time account of Chicago was so wrongly done I wonder what they do to politics. No wonder there are wars. . ." pg. 91
This afternoon at home I was reading, "The Letters Of Allen Ginsberg" and found a letter written to Time magazine by Allen Ginsberg voicing how upset he was on how they distorted what took place at this Chicago Poetry reading.
"Allen Ginberg [New York, NY] to Editors of Time [New York, NY] February 17, 1959
Your account of our incarnation in Chicago was cheap kicks for you who have sold your pens for money and have no fate left but idiot mockery of the muse that must work in poverty in an America already doomed by materialism.
You suppressed knowledge that the Chicago Review's winter issue was censored by the University of Chicago; that the editors had resigned to publish the material under the name Big Table; that we offered our bodies and poetry to raise money to help publish the magazine; we left Chicago in the penury in which we had come.
You quoted what was charming in our speech out of context; you altered chronology of the evening of the party; your ignored the main event the reading at the Sherman Hotel, which was a religious intellectual exposition of poetry's truth; you perverted the beauty of Orlvosky's tears; you mocked the reports of your own employees on the scene who were moved by the reading; you spat on the appearance of the soul of poetry in America at a time when America needs that soul most; you brainwashed your millions of readers.
What you do to pervert the significance of larger public events which I do not witness I now can know: you are an instrument of the Devil and crucify America with your lies: you are the war-creating Whore of Babylon and would be damned were you not mercifully destined to be swallowed by oblivion with all created things.
Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky, Gregory Corso"
I like read Ginsberg's letters from different volumes so as to get a wider perspective on what was going on at the time he wrote the letters/get more information.
It is 10:26 PM I will close to go to bed. I feel awful, but maybe I will feel like a million bucks.