Allen Ginsberg and Studs Terkel continuing from here
[At approximately half-way through their conversation, approximately thirty-two minutes in, Allen sings“Gospel Noble Truths” (“Born in this world, you’ve got to suffer..”) making several improvised additions – (“no permanent soul!”, “the dharma chakra”, “Look what you’ve done – 1968” – “Let go, Studs!”)
AG: You looked like you didn’t want to “let go” of “earth heaven and hell” there!.
ST: And as Ned Kelly, the bandit, said, before they hanged him, and they sprang the trap – “That’s life! “. You said, “Die when you die”. I was about to … Read More
“Scholarly, wide-ranging and full of penetrating insight and fascinating literary gossip, the book is a major contribution to the core Beat canon, and provides an astonishingly intimate view of a homegrown American literary movement that would have a generative influence worldwide, inspiring generations of writers, visual artists, filmmakers, musicians and political activists across the globe..”… Read More
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