AG: What shall we do with this problem of wordlessness however. There are a lot of ways of dealing with the un-nameable, or what can’t be described, that we were talking about. So I’m now going to go to Haiku – Volume 1 again, and read swiftly through a whole succession of haiku dealing with different subjects, different aspects of … Read More
Allen Ginsberg, in 1987, surveys his musical history.
The interview (from which these remarks are excerpted) is dated June 25, 1987, and was
conducted by journalist and music critic, David Menconi for the Boulder Daily Camera, the local paper. A considerably edited version (incorporating some of these notes) was published contemporaneously, but the bulk of the interview has remained unpublished and is appearing for the first time here.
part two – a continuation (Allen discusses Buddhism, politics, poetry, and ’80’s zeitgeist), will appear … Read More
[“..Off on the lakes the pike-fisher watches and waits by the hole in the frozen surface”]
I wanted to finish (by) comparing that (Christopher Smart) with what will come after, which is haiku, (but, first), I want to finish our catalog in (Walt) Whitman now, both for the tongue-ing of the line (that.. (the) awareness of sound and vowel amd consonantal kick-up) and for accuracy of observation, as well as for those funny logical jumps and sort of querulous personal noticings, oddities and eccentricities of unborn spontaneous mind.
“Of Spiritual Music” For the spiritual musick is as follows.For there is the thunder-stop, which is the voice of God direct.For the rest of the stops are by their rhimes.For the trumpet rhimes are sounds, bounds, soar, more, and the like.For the Shawm rhimes are lawn fawn moon boon and the like.For the harp rhimes are sing, ring, string, and the like.For the flute rhimes are tooth, youth, sooth, mute, and the like.For the clarinet rhimes are … Read More
[Allen’s 1978 Meditation and Poetics class continues. He begins by briefly surveying some of the recent topics that have been covered in the class. He does so playfully, using the Christopher Smart conjunction – “for” (in preparation now for some emphasis on Smart, and Smart’s extraordinary observations).]
Colin Still and Optic Nerve’s poetic documentation and extraordinary achievement needs to be sung. So we’re singing it today here.
By now, perhaps, many of you will have already seen, and be familiar with, this footage (Colin’s footage) – the legendary pairing – Allen Ginsbergaccompanied by Paul McCartney, at the Royal Albert Hall in London, in October of 1995 – “The Ballad of The Skeletons”
From the same occasion – “After Lalon”
but that event and that footage, extraordinary though it is, is only the very tip of the iceberg.
Colin has shot full-length
A special May Day this year – (2015), it’s the 50th anniversary of Allen’s fleeting elevation to Kral Majales – King of May – “And I am the King of May”
“And I am the King of May, which is the power of sexual youth,/and I am the King of May, which is industry in eloquence and action in amour,/and I am the King of May, which is long hair of Adam and the Beard of my own body/and … Read More