[Kaddish (50th Anniversary edition), Allen painted by Naomi, Allen & Naomi]
Allen’s classic poem “Kaddish” has been featured on several occasions on The Allen Ginsberg Project (notably here, here, here and here). Today, we’re doing so again.
Today’s version (noticeably missing Part II) – (low-, but nonetheless serviceable, fidelity) is from a recording included in the Robert Creeley collection (the collection of audiotapes bequeathed by the Estate) currently available on the University of Pennsylvania’s unparalleled PennSound site.
The tape, as UPenn’s curators inform us, “appears to have been recorded at the Creeley’s home in … Read More
[“The carpenter dresses his plank, the tongue of his foreplane whistles its wild ascending lisp.” (Walt Whitman)] Allen in his Naropa class continues his line-by-line examination of Section 15 of Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself”
AG [reading Whitman]: – “The one-year wife is recovering and happy having a week ago borne her first child,/The clean-hair’d Yankee girl works with her sewing machine or in the factory or mill/ The paving man leans on his two-handed rammer” – (that’s a good one!)
AG: So the Whitmantext (section 15 of “Song of Myself” in Leaves of Grass) is a pretty good example of somebody paying attention to detail. Now in this case you don’t have to write a big poem with a theme (though there’s an underlying theme), with a single central theme, no, no need. At least have things that you saw. At least you’ve got in here things seen and heard … Read More
August 4, Allen Ginsberg’s 1978 class at Naropa Institute, Meditation and Poetics, continues. Allen begins an examination of Whitman’s poetic enumerations (but, before he does, expresses some pedagogical frustration)
A page turns. One of the great pioneering American counter-cultural icons, Judith Malina (co-founder with her late husband Julian Beck) of the groundbreaking revolutionary theatre troupe, The Living Theatre, died this past Friday, (at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, New Jersey, where she had been living, in assisted living, these past few years). She died following complications from lung disease. She was eighty-eight.
Her obituary by Bruce Weber in The New York Times may be read here
An appreciation en francais may be read – here
and in italanio – here and here
Internationally respected … Read More