Patti Smith turns 70 today. She’ll be performing tonight, in Chicago, at the Riviera Theatre, with her band, part of an on-going tour celebrating the release of her groundbreaking 1975 debut album, Horses
What a year it’s been for Patti! (always quite a year for Patti! – poet as rock-star, poet as performer, poet as activist)
AG: I began with the… what the..? “So long lives this and this gives life to thee” Sonnet – Sonnet 18 – didn’t I? – Didn’t we cover that, you know, as an example, of the prophesy of immortality for the poem? – Do you… How many people here have read Shakespeare’s Sonnets at one time or another? And how many have not ever … Read More
[Ezra Pound’s – Literary Essays (New Directions, 1968) & Louis Zukofsky’s A Test of Poetry (Objectivist Press, 1948 – reprinted Wesleyan University Press, 2000)]
AG: What I’ve covered so far in this course, I don’t know if you’ve noticed (because I didn’t notice till I was walking up here tonight) was..I started with some definition by (Ezra) Pound – melopoeia (music), phanopoeia.. (phanopoeia – the picture cast in the mind’s eye, melopoeia, the music of the language, and logopoeia, “the dance of intellect among words”). That’s the… so it’s the.. According to (Louis) Zukofsky, his words for the same … Read More
AG: I have one short explanation. I’ve used the word(s) “objectified emotion” – “Only objectified emotion ensures” – But, just to make sure that the word is not misunderstood. It doesn’t mean “objective, as – … Read More
“Growing up with queer films, there was always some sort of stigma attached to gay characters or gay sexuality, and I didn’t want the sex scene to feel like that in any way. I wanted the arc of the scene to go from nervousness to a place of pure enjoyment … Read More
AG: Homework is to write a sonnet next – ABABCDCDEFEFGG – Shakesperean-type sonnet, simple Shakespearean easy sonnet. We’ve all done quatrains, now pentametric, basically pentametric quatrains, of course double-rhyme – ABABCDCDEFEFGG. And also read through all the Shakespeare Sonnets that you’ve got there , and if you can, get hold of all of the Shakespeare Sonnets and read them through like a novel
Student: Would you repeat that rhyme form again slowly?
AG: …However, it’s all shadow there, and so.. anyway, what we get from Samuel Daniel, page one-ninety – “Are there shadows that we see?/And can shadows pleasure give?/Pleasures only shadows be/Cast by bodies we conceive/And are made the things we deem/In those figures which they seem/ But these pleasures vanish fast /Which by shadows are expressed;/”Pleasures are not, if they last…” – What is beauty but a breath? – Pleasures are not if they last.
Pleasures aren’t pleasures if they last – they don’t exist unless they.. If they last, pleasures don’t exist, they’re on a breath – … Read More