[David Cope, Ann Arbor, Michigan, February 1995
– photograph by Allen Ginsberg c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]
AG: [Allen reads from the then freshly-published poetry-collection, The Stars by David Cope] – “Nada Press, Big Scream, 698 48th Street, South East, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49508 – The Stars by David Cope, copyright 1976. All rights reserved for the author. Acknowledgements – Some of these poems have appeared in Big Scream, Windows in the Stone, and in two previous collections – Neon Eyes and The Clouds – So this is, like, coming out of the sidewalks of…
“Walking, driving, everything is business, … Read More
We continue with our transcription of Allen’s June 23 1976 Naropa class. He moves on from haiku (see here) to a discussion of one of his favorite ‘”close attention” poets, the Objectivist, Charles Reznikoff. We’ve featured Allen on Reznikoff extensively before (here, here, here and here), but (duplication notwithstanding) feel absolutely no compunction in featuring him again.
AG: Well, that concentration of perception in Japan, or in that kind of meditative Oriental style, we have an equivalent of that in English, and so, fast, skipping through, a couple (sic) of Americans … Read More
“1) All conversation – “I need a spoon to eat soup” – is bridging
Ellipse, all my talk is haiku
2) The Western image (metaphor the apt relation of dissimilars –
Aristotle) is compressed haiku
3) Study of primary forms of ellipse, naked haiku, useful for
advancement of practice of western metaphor
4) Haiku = objective images written down outside mind the result is
inevitable mind sensation of relations. Never try to write of relations
themselves, just the images which are all that can be written down
on the subject (conversation w/ [Peter] Du … Read More
This [Allen hands out a home-made xerox-ed collection] is a little anthology of choice haiku taken from the four-volume set of haiku in the library collected by R.H.Blyth – Spring, Summer, Winter, Autumn. How many have looked into that, or know that collection? It’s a collection that (Jack) Kerouac used and Gary Snyder and Philip Whalen all used as a sort of poetics reference encyclopedia handbook inspiration text around 1955. I was reading haiku, then, in those books and chose the best ones, or the ones that stuck in my head, about twenty or thirty,
June 23, 1976, (Naropa Institute), a new class. Allen picks up from the previous class, with a discussion on Hart Crane and Shelley and a poetry that might be life-affirming and “speakable”.
AG: I guess I’ll begin. There’s going to be a poetry reading tonight – John Ashbery and Dick Gallup. That’ll be after this class. And tomorrow night, there’s going to be (a) (Chogyam) Trungpa discourse – “Sutra” (which will be open, free, to all members of the student body). So if anybody hasn’t picked up on Trungpa’s taste or vibration, tomorrow night everybody’s invited. It’s … Read More
[Jack Kerouac – Staten Island Ferry Dock, New York City 1953 (Photo c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]
Jack Kerouac’s birthday today! – Happy Birthday, Jack! – Had he lived, he would have been (strange vision!) 91 years old.
Here are some of our more choice Jack Kerouac posts from the Allen Ginsberg Project:
Here‘s Allen reading from Dharma Bums, here‘s Kerouac reading from American Haiku (for more vintage Kerouac recordings, check out these resources here). Here and here are the (video) record … Read More
Jack Kerouac’s Birthday tomorrow.
We thought we’d begin the celebrations with this.
Jack, goofy and happy, singing a pretty free-form (actually, a seriously free-form!) rendition of (the “Roaring Twenties” classic) “Ain’t We Got Fun”
(“the rich get richer and the poor get poorer” – “the rich get richer and the poor get laid off” – “the rich get richer and the poor get.. children”!)
We thought it’d be interesting to trace the song (music by Richard Whiting, lyrics by Gus Kahn and Raymond Egar) through it’s various manifestations – from this and this and this (all 1921 versions) to … Read More