“For the first time since the crucifixion, there was a total lunar eclipse on the night of the seder in 1968. That apparently happened also on the night of the Last Supper and we were all aware of this. We had a seder near Duboce Park. [San Francisco] The Hells Angels were there and the Diggers were there. My son asked the Four Questions, and…asked Allen Ginsberg [as tradition … Read More
Following the death of Larry Fagin, news reaches us this morning of the death of another of the great Naropa poet-teachers, Jack Collom. When Allen and Anne Waldman set up the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in 1974 in Boulder, Colorado, Colorado already had one distinctive inventive joyful maverick poet at hand, Jack Collom. He was swiftly engaged in the experiment and soon (not soon enough, as we recall) became an integral part of the faculty. This page (from the Naropa University Archive) provides links to countless instances of Jack’s participation. We might, arbitrarily, single out … Read More
Larry Fagin, poet, editor, teacher, long-time leading member of the so-called “New York School” of poetry, died yesterday. He was 79 years old.
An important co-worker with Allen at Naropa (and, coincidentally, upstairs neighbour in his 12th Street tenement in Manhattan), he was, (though not himself a Buddhist), alongside fellow St Marks poet, Anne Waldman, one of the key figures in the initial years of that on-going experiment. Allen himself was quite unequivocal – “I don’t know of a better editor and teacher of poetry and prose than Fagin”, he once declared.
Larry’s early teaching there can … Read More
Beginning today, serialization of transcription of Jim Carroll’s June 30, 1986 Naropa Poetics and Music class. [see here for Jim Carroll reading]
Larry Fagin: Ladies and gents, welcome to the second week of Naropa
[July, 1986] poetry summer camp. I’m pleased tonight to have.. and honored and
thrilled to have,Jim Carroll with us, who first came to light at aged fifteen, with
a book called, (an) amazing book called,
Student: I feel I have to defend myself against (you and) the rest of the class
Allen Ginsberg: Do you have a “self” to defend? – okay, if you insist on having a “self”
Student: Well you said (my comparison with set theory wasn’t so helpful) but why I said that was, that if the members don’t interact, then that means that, just like in a sentence, that means there’s no articulation, (group consciousness) is not being put … Read More
AG: ..In this case, the form is no more than an extension of content. Got that? Form is no more than an extension of the content? Does everybody understand that in this case? Does anybody not understand that. In this case, the form is no more than an extension of the..
Larry Fagin: I don’t understand that and I want a complete explanation. I’ve never understood it and I don’t believe you!
AG: You don’t understand it in this case?
Larry Fagin: No
Student: Oh, yeah
AG: I was talking about this case. I was talking about this … Read More