Expansive Poetics – 106 (Joy Without Cause)

Joy is Your Birthright - Center and Connect and Be Joy-filled - Dr. Diva Verdun

Student: How can joy be…AG: Without cause?Student: Without cause, yeah?AG:  Well, it’s a mystery. Joy without cause, meaning.. Joy, the unborn joy, I should say. “Unborn”, in the sense that you can’t trace it back to its womb and find the cause . And you don’t have to..  It’s there. It allows the universe to exist on its own without an explanation.Student: Someone said joy…there is no such thing as joy… that has a cause. Joy with a cause isn’t joy. AG: Yeah. Joy with a cause is conditioned on its cause and therefore isn’t eternal, so to speak. You’ve experienced joy without … Read More

Expansive Poetics – 105 (Kaddish)

Allen’s August 13 1981 Naropa class continues

AG: “Kaddish”, (which is a long poem, celebrated, and it’s supposed to be sort of a kind of terrible masterpiece), is really just writing what I hadn’t been taking into account. Just a release of particulars that may have occured to me at one time or another but I never particularly strung together and made any kind of coherent exhibition of (to myself, or others).  So it was a recognition of feelings that I had to(ward) my mother, as well as images. When I wrote down that line – “with your belly Read More