Interviewer: So we want to figure out what’s best, you know, what will be most comfortable for you. What I want to do is an oral history of the ‘Sixties and Austin’s an interesting area because there’s a major university with a lot of anti-war… There was a segregtion case, a very famous law case here in 1959. There’s been an awful lot of work with the valley farm workers and Chicanos, plus we”ve got the Rothschilds here [sic], we’ve got all of LBJ‘s legacy. Basically, Austin’s sort of conservative but with the university and the State Capitol here, … Read More
AG: Where were we? Oh Creeley? So Creeley. (Robert) Creeley. Each syllable is a thought. That’s a good way of (describing it), actually. That’s an aphorism for Creeley – “One thought per syllable” (in the sense that each syllable seems to be like a new thought) – opposite from my kind of writing, or, say, somebody else, … Read More
A singular rare item from The Book Collector’s Library. For $5,750, as the catalog describes it: “A collection of 24 mostly “Beat” poet hands drawn with poetic license by their owners’ other hand….in a 30 page Artist’s 9″ x 12″ unpaginated Sketch Book”. Here’s Allen’s hand. “in itself worth the price of the admission”:
and here’s Gregory Corso‘s hand (the concluding one of the collection)
From the announcement by the conference organizers:
“This year’s conference will honor and address the key role that the French capital and Francophone cultures have played in the transculturalism of the Beats, by welcoming submissions in both French and English and holding a plenary session on language barriers and … Read More
A Thanksgiving poem (from 1957)
SONG OF THE FEAST (for David Amram)
What feast of thee, blue wild body!
My relatives from the mire
wait outside thy plumage gate!
The raging cock, release!
Here the fox-spoon, ye ol’ fudder bucket!
An here the geese-bowl, ol’ gowdy!
Yez, dare the shaker-pep an the shaker blee-ack, too!
C’mon, bring o’er the radiator-soup!
Now we is a eatin, now we is a eatin—
Play the radio flea, ol’ fane
Yez,now we is a eatin an a listening, eatin an a listening —
Hey, blink, pass down the bread sink —
Ah, … Read More
AG: Edmund Spenser is a colossus, and he’s so big that I think we’ll go around him Except, maybe, one or two, one or two little short things – the Epithalamion – a big Leviathan poem here, marriage poem. What I would suggest is that you go home and read it. It’s got a great stanza form, it’s got a great rhythmic form. So what we might do (here) is read just the first and last stanzas, just to get the stanzaic form get a taste.. Page 162 – I’m sorry..