In keeping with our disjunctive don’t-forget-the-anniversary posts.. (see, for example, here) – Beck’s (42nd) birthday and the (190th) anniversary of Shelley‘s tragic, drowning-in-a-shipwreck, death-day today, (Sunday, July the 8th).
Greenwich Village – Sunday in the Village – “Tales of Beatnik Glory” (to borrow Ed Sanders‘ felicitous phrase). Take a time-capsule and journey back to a very very different New York City and a very different Village! (over 50 years ago!) – Ted Joans, spotlighted earlier this week, is featured reading poetry in a coffee-shop (he appears about eleven minutes in) – “and dig everything, as poet Allen Ginsberg said” – The skittish but calming soporific recorder-music of Charles Mills and his trio and the narration by Jean Shepherd should send you suitably to “another time and place”. … Read More
[Diane di Prima and Ted Joans at The Poetry Project, St Mark Church, NYC, 1994 – photo c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]
Ted Joans, born on July 4th 1928, died in Vancouver in 2003.
“If you should see a man walking down a crowded street talking aloud to himself don’t run in the opposite direction but run towards him for he is a poet you have nothing to fear from the poet but the truth”
Here’s vintage footage of Joans reading in Amsterdam, (introduced by the legendary Dutch poet Simon Vinkenoog)
and here is Joans, many years later, at … Read More
Student: You once said something about (Jack) Kerouac, that he was trying to write like a person spoke, not a person who went to Columbia (University) but just a person..
Student: But he did go to Columbia!
AG: For one year. He never got really infected by it. He wrote like a person who went to Columbia for one year, and really studied Shakespeare. But also he was interested in American“Okie” speech, and black speech, and Canuck speech. Remember Kerouac’s American was Canuck talk, which is a very distinct sound and rhythm. If you hear French-Canadian … Read More
Student: But I want to know (more about Ezra Pound).. see, what Dante did, and what the Provencal people did.. I mean, Dante didn’t say.. well, I mean, just as you changed the time-sense around a little bit, you know, say, you took a look at the Provencal (poems).. He didn’t go right in(to) Provencal.. because..they had done a transition (didn’t you say? He wrote in Latin…
Student; And what Pound didn’t seem to do, from my very very … Read More