Student: [“No ideas but in things” (William Carlos Williams)] – Can you observe words that way? Like, can words become objects?
AG: Yeah, I think we were talking about that at the end of the last sitting here, when somebody asked me – since Williams, what was done, since Williams, what has been accomplished in poetics? – or, what new thing has been added? – and I was talking about the practice of some poets working out of Gertrude Stein, for whom words were objects, and so it was like the building of little sculptures … Read More
AG: I started out last time, or was just about to start on, the first scratchings for “Paterson” and his first inspiration for “Paterson”. (It’s) a long speech [by William Carlos Williams] giving his basic philosophy, where he first lays out that idea, “No ideas but in things”, and illustrates it. So I’ll read that. It’s more solid than other poems I’ve been reading of his. It’s on page 233, if anyone’s got the book.
He (Williams) was living around Paterson, New Jersey, and he decided that he would try to write a big, mournful, epic poem (an epic … Read More
Victor Bockris speaks first (he’s speaking as the video begins) – “One of the most fascinating things about the Beat Generation is that those three books [Howl, On The Road, Naked Lunch] are all completely different in style, there’s no comparison in the style of them. The grouping of the Beat Generation had nothing to do with the similarity in writing, it had to do (rather) with similarity in thinking, the similarity of being, (similarity) of the soul”
Woody Guthrie Centennial – We couldn’t let this one pass us by (just like we couldn’t pass by Robert Johnson’s Centennial earlier in the year). Happy 1oo years old, Woody! – Here‘s a rare 1944 interview with him (on BBC children’s radio of all places!) – and here, here and here are just three of his many memorable compositions. For more Woody info’ (comprehensive resources) please head on over to woodyguthrie.org, “the official Woody Guthrie web-site”.… Read More
Indy-rock manifestations. Thurston Moore‘s new band Chelsea Light Moving recently released this Burroughs hommage (with an interesting compilation of WSB footage as accompanying vid – can you spot Allen in the footage?)
Not to be out-done, here’s Being There with “To Allen Ginsberg”
Margaret Wood, Georgia O’Keeffe’s former caretaker, recollecting her famous charge, this week in the Albuquerque Journal:
“Allen Ginsberg arrived with his partner Peter Orlovsky. They admired the late afternoon light as they compared the nature of words to actions. O’Keefe declared that talk was easy but that it was action
[Allen Ginsberg, San Francisco Civic Center Peace Rally,April 1971 photo c John Bonny]
A major announcement today – the formation of Ginsberg Recordings (a collaborative partnership between The Allen Ginsberg Estate and the Esther Creative Group (the management company of Lou Reed, The Gaslight Anthem and Bryan Ferry, amongst others). Ginsberg Recordings is a project aimed at releasing all of Allen’s work (both previously released and unreleased) under one single umbrella. The goal of this project is to create and distribute (and maintain) a fully comprehensive digital library of the recorded work. Ancillary to this is the intention … Read More