Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 163

[Allen asleep in Vancouver 1963 (from the Bobbie-Louise Hawkins home-movies]We’ve spoken of the Allen and Robert Creeley relationship before (and will again). Meantime, glimpse the two of them together (and a whole roster of other “famous names” –  “company”, in Bob’s memorable term – Charles Olson, Robert Duncan, John WienersDenise Levertov, Gary Snyder, Michael McClure, Tuli Kupferberg, Ed Sanders, Ed Dorn, Alex Trocchi..  The list goes on.  Charles Bernstein has generously put up Bobbie Louise Hawkins‘ old home-movies (from 1962 to 1965) up on PennSound (and on Jacket 2Read More

Expansive Poetics – 23 – (Lorca 4)

[Ignacio Sanchez Mejias (1891-1934)]

[Allen’s Lorca class, continuing from here. A student is reading from Lorca’s Llanto por la muerte de Ignacio Sanchez Mejias“  (“Lament for Ignacio Sanchez Mejias“)] Student: “La piedra es una frente donde los suenos gimen/sin tener agua curva ni ciprerss helados./La piedra es una espalda para llever al tiempo/con arboles de lagrimas y cintas y planetas.”AG: That’s a pretty great line, in English – “Stone is a shoulder on which to bear Time/with trees formed of tears and ribbons and planets.” Let’s see now, “ “Stone is a shoulder” – “La piedra es … Read More

Expansive Poetics – 22 (Lorca – 3)

AG: We might get on to this [Lorca’s “Llanto por la muerte de Ignacio Sanchez Mejias“  (“Lament for Ignacio Sanchez Mejias“)], because this is a very amazing piece of rhetoric, depending a lot on repetition. (It’s at the end of the book) “A las cinco de la tarde” (I guess the Spanish would be subject more to intelligence) – “tarde“- “A las cinco de la tarde/Eran las cinco en punto de la tarde” – It was exactly five in the afternoon  – “Eran las cinco en punto..” – Right on the point – “…de la tarde/Un nino trajo la … Read More

Pete Seeger (1919-2014)

[Pete Seeger (1919-2014)]

Fellow activists, fellow artists, fellow passionate devotees to peace, Allen and Pete Seeger were standing there together in 1969 [sic] at the founding of WTR (War Tax Resistance), a far-sighted organization founded by The War Resisters League and others, “in the belief that the right to conscientious objection belongs to all people, not just those of draft age”. WTR published a newsletter, two editions of a book, and helped establish 192 war tax resistance “centers” and 4o “alternative funds” across the country, moving to Kansas City, Missouri, in 1972 to become more centrally located. Pete, … Read More

Expansive Poetics – 21 (Lorca – 2)

Llanto por un amigo muerto, del poeta García Lorca.AG: Well, the “Ode to Walt Whitman” was my favorite of all the (Federico Garcia) Lorca poems. But the international classic that everybody cites as Lorca’s great poem is his “Lament for a Bullfighter” [“Lament for Ignacio Sanchez Mejias“] because the subject-matter is so central (to the) Spanish – a bullfighter – upon the death of a bullfighter – and it’s also one of his most elevated poems, and the homoerotic element in the “Ode to Walt Whitman is at least suppressed sufficiently, or generalized sufficiently into a cultural stereotype that Lorca can get away with all the lamenting … Read More

Expansive Poetics – 20 (Lorca -1)

[Federico Garcia Lorca (1898-1936)][Lorca’s Passport]

AG: How many know this poem? – Lorca’s “Ode to Walt Whitman”?  One, two, three, four, five, six. seven. Anybody else over there? How many do not? Oh great, great. I think this is my idea of the greatest poem of the century, or this is my idea of what.. between this and (Guillaume) Apollinaire’s “Zone” (“Zone”, because it was original, it was the first one that invented Surrealist mind, breaking-apart, this, because it took elemental Spanish lyric passionate intensity and mixed it up with Surrealist cut-up, so to speak – the Surrealist idea of … Read More

LOKA William Burroughs Interview part two

[William Burroughs, 1975 – Photograph by Peter Hujar “© 1987 The Peter Hujar Archive LLC; Courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco”]

The 1975  Loka interview with William Burroughs continues. For the first part of the transcript, see hereInterviewer: Well, you’ve spoken about technology being used in, shall we say, benign ways.

WSB: Technology is neither good nor bad. People ask whether technology is good or bad. Good and bad don’t float in vacuums. They only have meaning with relation to the actual people at actual times (because, if you say) “who did what, when, and where?”, never … Read More

LOKA William Burroughs Interview part one

[William Burroughs, 1975 – Photograph by Peter Hujar © 1987 The Peter Hujar Archive LLC; Courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco] This weekend, in anticipation of the William Burroughs Centennial next month, we present (in two parts) this – the 1975 Loka Interview with Rick Fields (with fleeting contributions from Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman). The interview was taped in Boulder, Colorado, at Naropa Institute, on January 1st, 1975. Note Burroughs’ prescient thoughts about world-wide economic collapse, his careful attempts to be presented with accurate, not generalized, questions, his common-sense, practical approach, and much much more.

For … Read More

Friday ‘s Weekly Round-Up – 162

Allen Ginsberg, el poeta beat visitó Córdoba hace veinte años

For all our Spanish-speaking readers, Luis Costa Palacios’ piece, in Diaro Cordoba, recalling, twenty years ago, Allen’s visit to that city, is well worth a read. He came, as part of a delegation to the XVII Congreso Internacional de Aedean [Asociación Española de Estudios Anglo Norteamericanos], and his appearance, in Palacios’  words, “suscitó una enorme expectación” (sparked a huge buzz), “fue sorprendente” (was surprising) – “su producción poética, una de las más poderosas e influyentes de los últimos cincuenta años, es magnífica y variada, como se puso de manifiesto en aquel recital. Había en su tono y actitud algo grandioso, el tono … Read More

Expansive Poetics – 19 (Fernando Pessoa – 4)

nautical phrasesThe major poem, or what is considered the major poem (of Fernando Pessoa) was too long to include (in the anthology), it’s about a thirty-page shot, called “Maritime Ode”, (Ode Marítima) about standing on the dock, looking out into space. Let’s see.. And he also gets into sound – “Ahò-ò-ò-ò-ò-ò-ò-ò-ò-ò-ò – yyy… Schooner ahò-ò-ò-ò-ò-ò-ò-ò-ò-ò-ò-ò-oò -yyy…” –  he gets funny.. Let’s see if I can find that page, and he begins playing with the typeface. It’s an enormous long thing..  [Allen quotes from Pessoa’s “Maritime Ode] – “To be on with all those crimes, to be part and parcel,/ of all … Read More