Sunday, September 26, 2010

Variation on the Lonely Impulse of Delight

We don’t need to seek a solitary place;
To be without preconceived ideas is the real solitude

Khongtrul Lodro Thaye

Between a rock and a hard place
Platitudes of shock
When attitude unleashed to wilds
And tempers cooked crisp
To be without preconceived ideas
Is the real solitude

Flatten each thought as it rises
Mind-hut panoramic view
Of vast sky all the time
Problems dissolve
World the world is always with us
Each jewel
A singular perfection
No need for a solitary place
The world the world
AH, the world

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Peter Orlovsky's Memorial September 22, 2010

PHOTO: Philip Glass and Patti Smith performing Ginsberg'e poem, "On the Cremation of Chogyam Trungpa"

A You Tube variation here:

Peter Orlovsky's memorial at St. Mark's Church on September 22, 2010 brought together the extended family of Allen and Peter for a final farewell. We began the evening by meeting outside The Thirsty Scholar before making our way to Vaselka's famous Ukrainian restaurant on Second Ave for dinner and then on to the church for the memorial.

Here are some photos from the evening.

PHOTO: Anne Waldman and Family

PHOTO: Peter Hale of the Allen Ginsberg Trust who organized the event

PHOTO: Juanita Lieberman & friend outside The Thirsty Scholar

PHOTO: Gordon Ball

PHOTO: Steven Taylor

PHOTO: Shiv Mirabito & Andy Clausen

PHOTO: Ambrose Bye and Anne Waldman performing Peter's St. Francis poem

PHOTO: Miriam Sanders & Bill Morgon

PHOTO: Bev Isis and Peter Hale

PHOTO: Juanita & Ed Sanders

PHOTO: Rosebud & Bill Morgan

PHOTO: Juanita and Robert Frank

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Red Silk Scarf by Barbara Paparazzo

I am happy to announce that Barbara Paparazzo's chapbook, The Red Silk Scarf, has been published by Shivastan Publishing ( Woodstock & Nepal) The Red Silk Scarf is the record of a pilgrimage to Bodhgaya, India, showing how grief can become an opening into something larger than ourselves.

The chapbook is $12 including shipping. To order, please contact Barbara Paparazzo at



Not knowing better, we hired
a blue canoe and rowed
through reflections of snow-capped
to a small Hindu temple
where black and white goats played
in the sunshine. We snapped
pictures, sat on sun-warmed rocks
& admired the animals about to be
sacrificed, we found out later
& all that gamboling turned inside out
reminding me of that slice
unexpected, brutal
between my life when you were alive
and my life now.
Two pieces, both dead.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Memorial Reading for Peter Orlovsky (1933-2010) at St. Mark's Church on September 22, 2010

There will be a memorial Reading for poet, Peter Orlovsky on Wednesday, September 22, 8pm. St. Mark's Church. 10th St at 2nd Ave, NYC. The event is free.

Peter Orlovsky (July 8,1933-May 30, 2010) Poet, singer, farmer, yodeler, banjo-picker, Buddhist practitioner, Allen Ginsberg's lifelong-companion, Kerouac's Simon Darlovsky in Desolation Angels & George in The Dharma Bums, the generous & wonderfully whimsical Peter Orlovsky, was an unforgettable & hugely colorful presence in the East Village, and in and around the Poetry Project.

Please join us in a night of music, video, song and poetry, as some of his closest friends pay tribute to him including: Chuck Lief - Philip Glass - Ed Sanders - Steven Taylor - Hal Willner - Janine Pommy Vega - Andy Clausen - Patti Smith - Anne Waldman - Gordon Ball - Rosebud Pettet - Simon Pettet - Bill Morgan - Anselm Berrigan - John Godfrey - and others TBA

The following photos were taken at Peter's Sukhavati ceremony at Karme Choling, June 2, 2010

Photo: left to right: Peter Hale, Bev Isis, Bill Morgan, and Juanita Plimpton (nee Lieberman)

Photo: Juanita, Anne Waldman, and Bev in the Karme Choling Parking lot.

Photo: "Wake" in the packed shrine room at Karme Choling after Peter's Sukhavati

Account of Peter's Death by poet and long time friend, Anne Waldman who was able to be with him at the time of his death during her residency at the Vermont Studio Center :

Death of Peter Orlovsky “The Shellean farmer astride hid Pegasusian tractor” as Gregory Corso once knighted him passed on today, May 30 2010 to the elysian fields, a bardo of becoming. First glance hour earlier Peter was resting with “trach” in throat in orange sheets at the kind Vt Respite Center in Williston, Vermont ( but no extra tubes/ heroic measures for this advanced cancer on his lung!), a copy of the Songs of Saraha by his pillow, photo of beloved Allen Ginsberg companion of many years on the wall, other Buddhist images, iPod of music he loved including chants by Buddhist nuns, cards from friends and out the window a bird feeder with finch and red-winged blackbirds landing/taking off. Chuck and Judith Lief, faithful guardians and friends at his side. He had been moved less than 48 hours earlier from intensive care at a hospital in Boston, finally to hospice. His body we were touching we noticed suddenly turned cold like death was in the room. We got the nurse. Judy and I stepped out when suddenly Chuck called us back. Peter had opened his eyes. Chuck said “It might be the last time”. By his side now, looking into his eyes told out love, I thanked him for his presence in our lives, his poetry his care and love for Allen, his work at Naropa. Ah, I thought a flash of recognition shivering through! slight movement of mouth, light coming in on his handsome face through the window now, and Judy singing om a hum vajra guua padma siddhi hum in crystal voice said “don’t be afraid”. Joined in. Last breathes, one coming late, staggered: his heart/breath stopt. Poet Christina Lovin in room with nurse gave gentle witness who checked the clock 11:39 I think or so a.m. Earlier we’d played recording of Peter singing his Raspberry Song with great heart-soaring yodel and “how sweet you are”. “Make my grave shape of heart so like a flower be free aired and handsome felt” ( “The Snail”). Tibetan Book of the Dead readings, in full final repose arranged with blue shirt, hands folded, consciousness a joyful gardener sprite? no fear, no fear working its way out… Anne Waldman 5.30.2010 Vt Studio Center

Photo: Peter looking peaceful in the Karme Choling shrine room.

Photo: Peter with rose petals in honor of his gesture upon Allen's Sukhavati in 1997.

The following links provide additional information or memorials:

Internment of Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky's Ashes at Shambhala Mountain Center, August 28, 2010

"Impossible Happiness: An Eulogy for Peter Orlovsky" by Steve Silberman

Visit Facebook group: "Our Allen"