Robert Crumb’s Birthday

It’s Robert Crumb‘s Birthday. He turns 73 today.  Happy Birthday, Robert!

 

[Robert Crumb – Self-Portrait (1982)]

R. Crumb on Allen Ginsberg

 

Allen Ginsberg kissed me  once.
It was in 1989, before I knew what was going on and I couldn’t stop him, he kissed me on the mouth. [laughs]
I like Howl. Howl’s great. It’s like the beatnik manifesto of the ’50s, y’ know, it really says it all. It’s got that beatnik attitude of that time in America. It’s quite eloquent. But after that, he didn’t really do anything that struck me as
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Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 282

[Allen Ginsberg working late]

                                           [Allen Ginsberg’s Desk – Drawing by Allen Ginsberg]

The second-part of an in-depth interview with Michael Horowitz, Timothy Leary’s longtime archivist, recently appeared. The first (posted back in November 2015) can be seen hereThe second, brings Allen in to the picture (Lisa Rein, the Archives digital librarian, is the interviewer):

LR: What was the dynamic between Ginsberg and Leary? MH: The synergy between them was powerful. There’s a … Read More

Naropa Classroom Conversations

 

 
Lyke Wake
Lyke Wake (in North Yorkshire)

Minor matters today.  More one-on-one post-class discussion. Allen makes arrangements.

AG:  [to Student] – What have you got? some poems? Student: Some homework, from last week – Lyke Wake Dirge. AG: Oh great – good – Shall I take it home? Student: There’s a journal and a transcription. AG: Oh yes, shall we make a date? Student: Sure….. Mondays and Fridays are (the) best (days)… AG: Mondays and Fridays? Student: Mondays are good.. AG: Well, tomorrow I’ve got a reading.  (But) At weekends, I’m free, certainly… Student: Weekends are fine. AG: When?

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Campion’s Prosody

Allen Ginsberg’s January 1980 Naropa  class on Basic Poetics continues with transcription of one-on-one conversation that appears to take place after the formal end of the class  

AG: Pat (sic), did you ever read that –  (Thomas) Campion‘s treatises on the music and poetry? Student (Pat (sic)) :  I’ve read the Observations in The Art of English Poesie  AG: Is that the one that takes up quantitative.?  Student (Pat): Yeah AG: Do you have a copy of Campion ?  Could you prepare a little summary of his ideas on quantity…You know what he says about that? [Allen is temporarily distracted … Read More

John Dowland/Basil Bunting

 

John Dowland (1563-1626)

Allen Ginsberg’s January 1980 Basic Poetics class continues (in preparation for future notes on John Dowland) AG; Apparently, I have.. the “Fine Knacks For Ladies“ that you gave me the recording? – I have some  (John) Dowland around and I had that so I’ll try and bring in a… I was going to try and get Charlie (Ross – sic) to bring in a phonograph today. Were there any others on that  beside the “Fine Knacks For Ladies” ?

Student: There’s Dowland’s setting of “Weep No More Sad Fountains” on that other one.

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Dowland Performance (“Weep ye no more, sad fountains”)

Transcription of Allen’s “Basic Poetics” class, from 1980 at Naropa, continues. The previous tape (tape 9 of 35) is missing and this tape comes in (towards the end of a class) with an in-class performance]

AG: What page is the poem  (“Weep You No More Sad Fountains” by John Dowland)
Student:  Page 115

[Editorial note – The author of this poem is, in fact, unknown, but its first recorded use was as the lyric for one of Dowland’s published lute pieces]

[Student/Musician in class plays with guitar accompaniment his own setting of  “Weep You No More…”]

Student/Musician:

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                                                [Allen Ginsberg Close-Up, 1960s – Photograph by Perry Riddle]

Jonah Raskin reviews The Ginsberg 3 CD set  for the Huffington Post – here:

The Last Word on First Blues is as essential to an understanding of Ginsberg as his Collected Poems, and just as much fun. The set also shows that those who only know Ginsberg as a poet of the printed word ans not also as a performer of the spoken … Read More

Basil Bunting’s Lectures on Poetic Origins – 4

                                   [Basil Bunting (1900-1985) – Photograph by Derek Smith] 

Allen Ginsberg’s remarks on Basil Bunting’s lectures continues – see here, here and here

AG: So Louis Zukofsky, in modern times,  was the most subtle person working with different measures and with a pure relation between musical forms and quantitative count and he was saying that the madrigal distorts words (because you’ve got several lines at once) and so words are not allowed to take whatever stress is appropriate to them in

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Basil Bunting’s Lectures on Poetic Origins – 3

                                                          [Basil Bunting (1900-1985)]

Allen Ginsberg’s remarks on Basil Bunting’s lectures continues

AG: So then, the next thing would be the comparing of the time of the steps, the time it takes for steps, or the ratio of times of the steps, to count the syllables. In..  an orderly measure in dance would be the steps, in music, it would be the notes, in poetry, the syllables. A pattern of spatial rhythms,

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Basil Bunting’s Lectures on Poetic Origins – 2 (The One-Eyed Ford)

Student: Is the “one-eyed Ford” something you just made up now?
AG: No , the “one-eyed Ford” is a  famous American-Indian twentieth-century.. It’s a great line! – It’s one of the great lines in America .. of the, as-yet, unacademicized poetry. The many many versions of the “one-eyed Ford” song (South-West – Oklahoma, actually – I heard it last year… last heard it (with Harry Smith) in Anadarko,  Oklahoma) – “My one-eyed Ford”! – It’s a great … Read More