Jim Cohn’s Museum of American Poetics remains a valuable and inspiring source, “a unique amalgam of poets, students, teachers, scholars, editors, publishers, literary centers and web designers”..”Since coming online in 1997 (it) has documented major trends in Postbeat poetry through its collection of on-line exhibits, annual Napalm Health Spa journal, poetics transmissions, video presentations, links and blog”..”Celebrating the diversity of experimental and outrider poetries leading up to the Beat Generation, MAP has (recently) expanded its coverage of world poetry, with special emphasis on international poets on the front lines against oppression.”
[Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) (painted by Amelia Curran (1775-1847) in 1819]
Move on to.. There are certain things in Shelley that should be noted. You had the “Ode to the West Wind”. There is a great thing called “The Hymn to Intellectual Beauty” – again Neo-Platonic. It’s actually very similar to what Wordsworth said in the “Intimations of Immortality” except it’s a little bit more abstracted in Shelley. It’s like trying to break through consciousness to another level of consciousness, to some sort of abstracted Platonic eidolonic intellectual beauty – not the beauty of “Green to the very … Read More
Well, Wordsworth was doing the same thing, but he came at a time after Blake, after a sort of drying out of poetry and a rigidification of the meters, which we’re skipping over. Actually, quite extraordinary, (Alexander) Pope, (John) Dryden, (Jonathan) Swift, (the Earl of) Rochester. Wordsworth came to a modern spirit, post Industrial Revolution. His consciousness dimmed somewhat – conditioned, needing Rolfing, or needing acid, or needing the country, or needing vision, needing meditation. He was one of the few people who … Read More
AG: How many here have read any of Andrew Marvell? Would you raise your hand if you have? Really raise your hand. And how many have not read any of Andrew Marvell. So that’s about half. Is there anybody who has read Andrew Marvell who objects to going over that again, a little? Doesn’t want to be dragged by it? Because if you read it I don’t have much to offer than the text itself or a reading of it
AG (singing with harmonium) : “Go and catch a falling star,/ Get with child a mandrake root,/ Tell me where all past years are,/ Or who cleft the devil’s foot…” [Allen improvises/ sings the whole poem – and then, self-depreciatingly] – Well that’s not a very good tune.
“Sweetest love, I do not go,/ For weariness of thee…” – you know that? How many know that? I guess it’s the sweetest of them. Huh?
Student: Which one is the one with the contest?
AG: Later on. I think that’s the one where they’re … Read More