AG : “A Valediction..(Forbidding Mourning)” (by John Donne) (page two-thirty-nine). That was like… here you find a..the acme of Donne in his use of images from cartography, compasses and spheres, and.. and I think that, like, is nowadays you have heavy-metal comix, or (William) Burroughs‘ poetry which has a lot of space-age imagery (android space-age martian heavy-metal). So, in those days, because of the adventures in America reported back, there’s a lot of.. everybody was hung up on the sort of apocalyptic imagery of a New World, and sailing, and making maps. There’s a … Read More
Allen Ginsberg on John Donne’s “Sweetest love, I do not go..” continued
Peter Orlovsky: .”Thus by frightened deaths to die.” – What does that mean?
AG: “Feigned death”
Peter Orlovsky: .”Thus by… .feign’d death?
AG: Imitation death – to feign is to imitate. Death…incidentally, death throughout (not throughout) but in some of these erotic or love poems by Donne, “a little death”, is an orgasm, often, or it’s the local… I think there’s a little footnote on it – [Allen looks to the footnote for “feign’d“] – …”It was frequently used (with) an apostrophe between words that gave the neighboring … Read More
AG: Then… there’s some notes..(some) thing in (John) Donne. Like, when it begins, it begins like a kind of lightning stroke, Like, he cuts right through, immediately, to some great insults, or basic statement that is much more realistic than any of the love poetry that went before, from “I Sing of A Mayden”, on, because he’s the first person that’s being disillusioned, ironic, intelligent, intemperate, feisty, nasty, wanting to fuck and not talk anymore, wanting to get it on and not delay, not be hung up. Obviously, … Read More
[“To sweet Daphne from her “father” William Carlos Williams” – inscription on a copy, (in his shaky post-stroke hand), of his 1955 volume, Journey to Love – to his daughter-in-law, Daphne Spence Williams – William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)]
March 4 1963, the date of William Carlos Williams‘ passing. He “died in his sleep, at home, of a cerebral hemorrhage that was not unexpected”. He was seventy-nine years old. Allen’s great master and teacher, we celebrate him extensively and frequently here on this blog. Today, we’ll draw your attention to his (1964 posthumous) Paris Review interview
[Jack Kerouac & Lucien Carr, Columbia University Campus, 1944]
[Lucien Carr and Allen Ginsberg at Lucien’s wedding to Francesca “Cessa” von Hertz, January 4, 1952. Photographer unknown]
[Dane De Haan as Lucien Carr from the 2013 film Kill Your Darlings]
March the first. Today is Lucien Carr’s birthday
Central but enigmatic figure at the birth of the Beat Generation, for “that story” we’ll send you to this New York Times piece. (altho’ we have reservations about the author’s Kerouac hatchet-job – here)
For earlier postings on Lucien on The Allen Ginsberg Project – see here and also … Read More