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  • Father and son, Louis Ginsberg and Allen Ginsberg, both poets had never read poems together before; in 1970 they both agreed to come to Kansas City MO to read in a small poetry series my partner (Poet John Stadler) and I created the winter of 1970 at the Univ. of MO KC campus.

    John (out of work as many poets are) used night-telegrams to contact many of the best poets in the US. Poets that excepted and read in this monthly series included many of the best such as Gwendolyn Brooks, John Berryman, Diane Wakoski, Ed Sanders, and of course Louis and Allen Ginsberg.

    The poems of father Louis were all written in formal rhyme and meter like that of Allan's idol William Blake. They alternated reading a poem - almost for each others facing each other. Allen included a few of his very early poems that had been in the same metered style.

    Although Allen did not read from Howl - he did include many of his new poems for the late 60's. Both son and father thanked John for the grand idea to have them read at the same event. The event was wonderful; with poets like Berryman and Wakoski in previous readings that winter the father -son show while grand did not have the most powerful poems of the series. Sadly John Berryman ended his own life that summer, a shock to all that loved his work.

    My poet partner John and I moved to Boulder the following year ... where the contacts from that KC winter of poems followed us in the 70's. Diane Wakoski and I visited a few times in Boulder when she was at CU to read: and Allen Ginsberg moved to Boulder in the late 70's - were he was involved with the Buddhist temple and school of Naropa.

    In 1971 they read again in NY together and did a few more times while Louis was alive. We were honored to help started a great tradition.

    Photo: Allen Ginsberg 1985 from
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