AG: “Come All Ye” – Well, the form of the “Come All Ye” (was what) I was interested in here. Do we have (that) here?
Bruce Martin: The which?
AG: “Come All Ye”
Bruce Martin: Oh yeah. (T)here it is.
AG: Yeah. “Edwin” – “Come all ye wild young people” – I love that. “Come all ye wild young people/ And listen to my song/ I will unfold/ concerning gold/ That guides so many wrong. No, okay. See, I’ve never read that. But I wanted that first stanza which is “Come all ye wild young people/ And listen to … Read More
AG: So (Bruce Martin’s) own ballad, “William and the…
AG: …Lambeth Witches. So “William and the Lambeth Witches”
BM: One comment on this is (that) the..
AG: (This ballad is by) Bruce Martin
BM: … the old Celtic Goddess was named Diana, and was emphasized by the moon. Witches, with all their love and affection to the world, had a nasty habit of being old and ugly and turning themselves into very young girls and dragging off the nearest guy … Read More
AG: Let’s see what else there is. Those [yesterday], I think, were the best, the most interesting of all the ballad phrases, fragments. Except, yeah, there was a classic ballad that Bruce Martin did, [Allen to Bruce Martin] So, I could turn the class over to you for a few moments, because.. Bruce is a master balladeer. He had one really good one that he wrote and then he also brought in two ballads that Helen Adam mentioned (and) that I didn’t know. So could you lay those out on the class? And your own? Start with your … Read More
We pick up again on Allen’s Spontaneous Poetry (Ballad) lectures (see earlier examples here, here and here) delivered at the Naropa Institute,Boulder, Colorado in July and August of 1976. This particular section dates from a June 16 class. Allen selects various fragments, ”mots justes”, ”cooked diamonds”, “active” lines, drawing on student examples)
AG: I have a stack of poems that people gave me, the ballads and other little poems, that I want to read from – what I got, just little fragments, just the stuff I liked. One method of criticism that I always found useful is just … Read More