It’s a William Burroughs weekend and our all-time most popular post is this one (perhaps because of the abiding interest in Jim Morrison?) – William Burroughs music collaborations – But what about this one? – and this? – and this?
Important breaking-news (regarding an earlier posting) – a Saudi court earlier this week overturned the death-sentence on poet Ashraf Fayadh – but hardly proposing leniency! His new punishment? – He’s sentenced to eight years in prison and eight hundred lashes, (to be carried out on sixteen separate occasions), and must formally renounce his poetry on Saudi state media. Needless to say, the campaign for his freedom and full exoneration vigorously continues.
AG: (Ezra) Pound’s analysis of poetry, which I mentioned some time before included melopoeia, which is what we’re dealing with now, the melody, rhythmic melody, phanopoeia , which I started with in the first class which was the casting of a picture on the mind’s eye, the moving-picture part of the poem, or the still picture, and then logopoeia – did anybody.. does anybody remember what logopoeia is? anybody? define logopoeia, as in Ezra Pound? – I think I mentioned it. Somebody must know?, figure it out? Melopoeia‘s music, Phanopoeia’s picture – Logopoeia?
Student: The poetry of the idea
Peter … Read More
Another Student Assignment Poem, this one After “Lyke Wake Dirge.” (a traditional English song that telling of the hazardous travels the soul faces on its way to purgatory.) Allen begins with a spontaneous couplet:
AG: “Turn in your homework this or next hour /and mark them with paradigms if it is in your power”
“And if you haven’t got it to turn it in now/ mark it up with your accents and I’ll pick it up Thursday, anyhow”
Next..what was it? –there were some paradigms, some imitations of “This ae night” (Lyke Wake … Read More
AG: I have a poem that’s practically virginal (in comparison), virgin but I switch sexes. Anybody else got one? – (because I’m eager to get on with mine) – Okay, well I’ll give you mine then, anyway, then I’ll get on with it – “I Know Of A Baby”
Allen proceeds to reads his poem – ” I know of a baby..”
“I know of a … Read More
Today’s installment from the on-going transcribed Allen-Ginsberg-at-Naropa lectures, shows Allen working directly with the students (he had assigned them to make their own versions of one of the early lyrics he’d been teaching, either “I Syng of A Mayden” or “Lyke Wake Dirge“). The results, regrettably, while vigorous, are a tad sophomoric (Allen will remark on this later)
AG: I made some kind of a copy of “I Syng of A Mayden,” I made my own. Has anybody else got a sample here? Has anybody else done theirs? their homework? I think Rizzo (sic – one … Read More