AG: However, when you get to “Death” on the next page. There. you get something almost Shakespearean. It’s so good, as far as its… And here what he’s done is got a stanza form which is – “Death thou wast once an un-couth hid-eous thing” – (ten) – “Nothing but bones” – (four) – “The sad effect of sadder groans” – (eight) – “Thy mouth was open, but thou couldst not sing” – (ten) . So each stanza’s ten-four-eight-ten, in terms of the number of syllables. I haven’t analyzed it for what actual meter … Read More
AG: So, (his poem), Discipline,(page two-ninety-eight) – Let’s see.. Yeah, here’s another, where he wrote.. where the short line is in the third – (rod/wrath/God/path, desire/bent/aspire/consent) – “(The) Discipline” – “Throw away thy rod,/ Throw away thy wrath: /O my God,/Take the gentle path./ For my heart’s desire/ Unto thine is bent:/ I aspire/ To a full consent./ Not a word or look/ I affect to own,/ But by book,/ And thy book alone…” – There’s such an interesting cadence there, an interesting way to..constructing … Read More
“The Collar” [by George Herbert] – (page two-ninety-four) – is.. is an odd one, because it’s totally bhakti, totally devotional, (a real prayer, but it’s a rare one, in a sense…he… Herbert occasionally breaks through with an absolutely straight emotional and clear heart thought and this is one of his famous breakthroughs of that kind.).
So I’d like to read it just to get the tone of (this) last compared to the rest…. He’s mad – “I struck a board and cried – No more” – “I struck the board, and cried, … Read More
Another rare video treasure. We’ve mentioned it before – but thought we would spotlight once again this weekend Allen Ginsberg’s 1993 Berlin concert collaboration with legendary New York klezmer band, The Klezmatics
The Klezmatics accompany Allen on five songs:
“Everybody Sing” – (“Everybody’s just a little bit homosexual whether they like it or not.,”) – “Fifth Internationale” – (“Arise ye prisoners of your mind-set”) – Sickness Blues – (” I got the sickness blues, I must’ve done something wrong..”) – CIA Dope Calypso – (“Now Richard Secord and Oliver North….”) and “Research” – (“Research has … Read More
Allen sent the first six pages of this manuscript to Jack Kerouac, and Kerouac later sent them on to John Clellon Holmes. Holmes notes receipt on the top right-hand-corner, first page – “sent by Kerouac to me, Aug. 30, 1955 / JCH.”
AG: (George Herbert’s) “The Windows” has got one funny line in it – (page) two eighty-eight – the second line – “Lord, how can man preach thy eternal word?/ He is a brittle crazy glass” – that’s a nice one – “He is a brittle crazy glass” – “crazy” here is here defined as “flawed”, they say – “ Man is a brittle crazy glass” – Just an interesting little snippet I thought.
(George Herbert’s) “Prayer” – Well, there’s only just one great line in that, but we’ll read the whole thing anyway. Anybody want to try and read Herbert? – [to Student] -Scott? (sic)
Student: (Scott) (I don’t have the poem in the book)
AG: Oh you don’t have the book. Anybody enjoy reading aloud? – [to Student] – Have you done it before?
AG: Who hasn’t? Who hasn’t read aloud here? Who hasn’t exercised their vocal chords? – [to Student] – You haven’t have you? – Just… Yeah Okay, why don’t you try reading it “ – Who’s religious? … Read More
[George Herbert (1593-1633) – painted by Robert White]
George Herbert – and some biographical background might explain where he’s at. From the Oxford Book of English Poetry …let me see. Well, he went to Trinity College, he was an undergraduate at Cambridge, and he began to write religious verse in college, then, 1619 (he was born in 1593) 1619 he was made Public Orator of the University and that was like sort of an appointed role which he thought would bring him into contact with royalty and he would get ahead in the State, but apparently he didn’t make out, … Read More
Mayday – always a big day on the Allen Ginsberg Project
For an extended look at Allen – the May Day King – see here
“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 I am the King of May which is Kral Majales in the Czechoslovakian tongue..”… Read More