AG: The other precursor, to get ahead in time to the 19th Century is (Percy Bysshe) Shelley, who, I guess, is more or less familiar to most of you. How many of you have read any Shelley? [Students give a show of hands] – Okay – And how many have read Shelley’s “Hymn to Intellectual Beauty” here? [Students show of hands less than the first time]. So I thought there are (at least) three pieces by Shelley that will illustrate the phrase.. (or, rather)… illustrate the word – “inspired” – “Inspiration” (that was one of … Read More
AG: So for this [Naropa class on Expansive Poetics]. I thought I’d bring in a little bit of material that is extraneous, but is considered precursor. This is from Geza Roheim‘s “Children of the Desert“ (concerning) the Western tribes of Central Australia. So this is the only ancient poem that I’ll introduce.
[Allen begins reading from anthropologist Roheim’s text] –
“The crowd of women that he had seen in the distance arrived and he had intercourse with every one of them. The man who arose from the ceremonial pole went right into the earth and became a … Read More
Allen, continuing from yesterday
AG: The procedure for this class that I thought would be best would be (that) within a week the entire anthology (The Naropa Anthology of Twentieth-Century International Heroic Poetry) and its indexes will be xeroxed. It’ll be handy (and) workable, in that the front will have an index (and table of) contents, according to country, and then (arranged) within each language and country chronologically. The back will have this purely chronological list with a bibliography saying exactly what books we got the poems xeroxed out of, and where you can find the poems, and the poems … Read More
We begin today a new Naropa transcript. Transcription from 1981 of Allen’s “Expansive Poetics” class.
AG: (So).. the idea was what to teach [at Naropa] this summer. Leslea Newman or someone had complained it was time to move on to something more exciting, I’ve never taught, or rarely taught, my own writing. I usually taught the things that influenced my writing, so I never did teach anything like “Howl” until last term when I handed out a xerox of the original manuscript, (or) the original work-sheet, to the class, and discussed the basic method of composition. Kind of crazy language, … Read More