Some sort of synchronicity. We had scheduled this post (Allen at Naropa in 1980, announcing a Native American-led protest against the sacrilege and environmental disaster of the proposal for South Dakota uranium mining), prior to the breaking news of Amy Goodman‘s arrest (and yesterday’s acquittal) over reporting on demonstrations against the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline.
For more on the Pipeline and for Democracy Now‘s full coverage of the issue – see here
Amy Goodman, hosting Democracy Now! from Mandan, North Dakota
“Dear Members of the Swedish Academy, For the Nobel Prize in Literature I propose Bob Dylan. Bob Dylan is a American Bard & minstrel of XX Century, whose words have influenced many generations throughout the world. He deserves a Nobel Prize in recognition of his mighty & universal poetic powers”
Allen Ginsberg, Poet, Member of American Academy of Arts … Read More
Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy – “He (Dylan’s) ‘s a great poet in the English-speaking tradition and he’s a wonderful sampler. A very original sampler. He embodies the tradition and for 54 years now he’s been at it, reinventing himself constantly, creating a new identity”
AG: Well, [Edmund Spenser] I think I’ll read one stanza (the first and last stanza of the Epithalamion) just to get to swing through one long stanza, strophe, or whatever you call it.
” Ye learned sisters which have oftentimes
Beene to me aydinge, others to adorne;
Whom you thought worthy of your gracefull rymes,
That even the greatest did not greatly scorne
To heare theyr names sung in your simple layes,
But joyed in theyre prayse.
And when ye liste your owne mishaps to mourne,
Which death, or love, or … Read More
AG: [continuing with the poems of Sir Walter Raleigh] – Then, there’s some pretty snow, snow stuff – snow and milk – page 137. A couple of… that one stanza there, one or two stanzas ,that are on .. well some of the same theme [suffering and death]. The first line of “Nature, That Washed Her Hands In Milk” – that’s a real cute.. “Nature that washed her hands in milk”, that’s a real weird, sweet notion ((Jack) Kerouac wrote a lot of poems about man is existing in milk and living in lilies (sic). He … Read More
Terry Gross. 1987 in the studio on NPR’s “Fresh Air”
“I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn, looking for an angry fix”
TG: Allen Ginsberg, reading his now classic poem “Howl”. Ginsberg was a cultural hero to several generations. He was one of the leading Beat poets in the (19)50’s, in the (19)60’s he was an icon of the counterculture, through the (19)70’s and (19)80’s, he continued to write and to explore Eastern religions. By the (19)90’s, he was an inspiration to up-and-coming … Read More