August 1, 1971 ~ Concerts for Bangladesh held at Madison Square Garden. The two shows are put together by George Harrison out of concern for the starving people of the Bangladesh nation.
The Concert for Bangladesh was the first benefit concert of its kind in that it brought together an extraordinary assemblage of major artists collaborating for a common humanitarian cause – setting the precedent that music could be
used to serve a higher cause.
August 11, 1998 ~ Lawrence Ferlinghetti was named the first poet laureate of SF in August 1998 and served for two years
August 14, 1846 ~ Henry David Thoreau jailed for tax resistance to the Mexican War, Massachusetts.
Odin (August 17, 25)
ODIN Yggdrasil, the world ash tree
Supreme God , of war and death, poetry and wisdom~ look him up!
Odin's Ordeal ( Aug. 17-45) Odin's Ordeal
August 22, 1969 ~ Three-day Wild West Festival at Kezar Stadium with Janis Joplin, Turk Murphy, Jefferson Airplane, the Dead, Country Joe, Santana, Sly and the Family Stone and the Youngbloods.
August 1, 1819 ~ born, American novelist short story writer, essayist and poet, Herman Melville in New York. Best known for his novel Moby-Dick and the novella Billy Budd. (August 1, 1819 – September 28, 1891)
August 1, 1950 ~ born, Jim Carroll in New York City. Poet, diarist, musician, performer, actor Critic, Art News, Teacher at poetry workshops in NYC, and writer for Andy Warhol/Paul Morrissey films.
Interview with Jim Carroll
- Jim Carroll, Catholic Boy
August 2, 1924 ~ James Baldwin born,in Harlem Hospital, NY City. American radical black essayist, novelist, & playwright, noted for his sharp works on black-white relations, civil-rights struggle, & gay issues, which fuse autobiographical material with social concerns.
The FBI started a file on Baldwin after the novel Another Country in 1962. Their file on him grew to 1,750 pages. James Baldwin PBS James Baldwin History
August 2, 1946 - HAPPY BIRTHDAY Alfonso Texidor, Poet, activist, translator. born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Alfonso Texidor was an important part of El Tecolte and Accion Latina team as translator and editor of the Tecolte newspaper event calendar. He was a fearless champion
for people's rights all his life and and was also gifted with what he himself called
"a great personality! His community and many friends will never forget him. His life's work was a important part of the Heart of the mission.
His life's work was a important part of the Heart of the mission.
.(Aug. 2, 1946 - Dec. 25, 2014)
Poet, Friend, Mission Icon Alfonso Texidor Dies at 68 by Laura Wenus
Alfonso Texidor's life celebrated at La Boheme
August 2, 1949 ~ Chinese poet Bei Dao lives (pseudonym of Zhao Zhengkai). In the 1970s. BEI DAO became the voice of his generation with themes of the pressures of a conformist society, disillusionment, & the sense of rootlessness.
August 3, 1937 ~ born, American poet
Diane Wakoski born in Whittier, California
She is primarily associated with the deep image poets, as well as the confessional and Beat poets of the 1960s http://dwakoski.com/
Aug 4,1792 born, English poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley, was one of the major English Romantic poets and is regarded by many critics as among the finest lyric poets in the English language.
The Call to Freedom
"Rise like Lions after slumber
In invanquishable number-
Shake your chins to earth like dew
Which in sleep has fallen on you-
Ye are many-they are few"
August 4, 1951, Happy Birthday, Roger Strobel, San Francisco artist and musician
August. 5,1850 ~ born, French novelist and poet, Guy de Maupassant
"Love means the body, the soul, the life the entire being. We feel love as we feel the warmth of our blood, we breathe love as we breathe air, we hold it in ourselves as we hold our thoughts.
Nothing more exists for us."
August 6, 1934
Diane di Prima, revolutionary activist of the 1960s - Beat literary renaissance, heroic in life and poetics: a learned humorous bohemian, classically educated and twentieth-century radical, her writing, informed by Buddhist equanimity, is exemplary in imagist, political and mystical modes. A great woman poet in second half of American century, she broke barriers of race-class identity, delivered a major body of verse brilliant in its particularity.
~ Allen Ginsberg
RANT: FRON A COOL PLACe
August 7,1956~ HAPPY BIRTHDAY,
John Dowling, San Francisco artist and poet. Your friends remember you with love , and speak of happy times they enjoyed with you, and the beauty of your art continues to inspire them.
A Prayer on my lips
Sounds as muttering
As I walk down the street
I sound a fitful chant
To myself and my idea
Of compassion and the
My steps and thoughts are fleeting
The traffic drifts unconsciously
As people walk past me
Hopefully not noticing
gesture and movement.
Crash, sex,deception &rebellion,(2005)
Nov. 7, 1913 ~ born, Albert Camus lives, Mondovi, Algeria. Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957
August 9, 1940
Happy Birthday, local poets writer, Jack Foley, born in New Jersey, local poet, writer, historian , and critic. http://jack-adellefoley.com/
August 14, Happy Birthday, Jane Rades, San Francisco poet, artist and world traveler.
My Adopted City
Jane Rades website
August 15, 1771 --Sir Walter Scott lives, Edinburgh. Scottish writer, a born storyteller & master of dialogue, one of the greatest historical novelists.
August 16, 1920 ~Poet, novelist, and short story writer. Charles Bukowski was born on this day. In 1986 Time called Bukowski a "laureate of American lowlife"
August 16~ Happy Birthday San Francisco poet Dan Brady, host of Sacred Grounds Poetry Series. The Poet's One Page Guide to San Francisco's Open Mic Poetry Scene
by Dan Brady
August 17, 1939
~ Ed Sanders was born in Kansas City .Sanders is an American poet, singer, social activist, environmentalist, author, publisher and leader of the band The Fugs. Many say Ed Sanders was the bridge between Beat and Hippie generations.
An interview with Ed Sanders
"Poetry is the most intimate path, in
my opinion, toward confronting Ultimate Truth for Humans; Music comes close behind Poetry in
this regard." Ed Sanders
August 22, 1893 ~ born, Dorothy Parker, American writer, poet .
"Some men break your heart in two,
Some men fawn and flatter,
Some men never look at you;
And that clears up the matter."
~ Dorothy Parker
Thursday, August 22 ~ Happy Birthday!
Bay Area poet Jan Steckel.
Jan Steckel website
August 24, 1899 ~ born Jorge Luis Borges, Argentian author
"The flattery of posterity is not worth much more than contemporary flattery, which is worth nothing."~Borges
August 24, 1872 ~ Born,Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm, English Illustrator, and caricaturist.
Max's Art Bibliography
Max Beerbalm wikipedia
born Jorge Luis Borges, Argentian author
"The flattery of posterity is not worth much more than contemporary flattery, which is worth nothing."
August 26, 1990 ~ Guillaume Appollinaire French poet; precursor of surrealism.(1880-1918)
“When man resolved to imitate walking, he invented the wheel, which does not look like a leg. In doing this, he was practicing surrealism without knowing it.”~ Guillaume Apollinaire
visual poetry by Apollinaire
August 25, 1910, Dorothea Tanning, painter, printmaker, sculptor, writer, and poet was born in Illinois. She married fellow surrealist Max Ernst.
August 28, 1828.
born ,Count Leo Tolstoy ,Russian novelist, who was wicked for years, reformed himself and became a good friend of Ghandi's.
"Everyone thinks of changing the world, but nobody thinks of changing himsel." ~ Tolstoy
August 28, 1749 ~ born, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , German author, poet, painter, scientist, philosopher, and statesman, Goethe poetry and links
"Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished
~Johann von Goethe~
August 29, 1809 ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, was born on this day in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Transcendentalist
Oliver Wendell Holmes wikipedia
August 29, 1820 ~ Happy Birthday Charlie Parker, legendary figure in his own lifetime, still legendary in ours. )
August 9, 1995 ~ Jerry Garcia,Grateful Dead singer died in New York City
August 12, 1992 ~ Anarchist composer & musician John Cage dies, New York City.
"I have nothing to say / & I am saying it / & that is poetry / as I needed it"— John Cage