From a new year’s, 1977 visit to Baltimore, Maryland. Allen’s ruminations on Poe, fittingly published today, on Halloween.
POE IN DUST
Bones groan maliciously under Baltimore sidewalk
Poe hides his hideous skeleton under churchyard.
Equinoctial worms peep thru his mummy ear
The slug rides his skull, black hair twisted in roots of threadbare grass
Blind mole at heart, caterpillars shudder in his ribcage,
Intestines wound with garter-snakes
midst dry dust, snake eye & gut sifting thru his pelvis
Slimed moss green on his phosphor’d toenails, sole toeing black tombstone –
O prophet Poe well writ! your catacomb cranium chambered
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Above, courtesy the singular trove at Yale’s Beinecke Library, a five-dollar cheque written by Ezra Pound to Louis Zukofsky. Today is Ezra Pound’s birthday. Our extensive (and popular) 2011 Pound Birthday posting can be accessed here (our last year’s, 2012, update can be found here) – “To have gathered from the air a live tradition/or from a fine old eye the unconquered flame/This is not vanity” – “What thou lov’st well, shall not be reft from thee”
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A second cut from Michael Minzer‘s debut recording on Paris Records, Made Up In Texas. Allen with The Garland Symphony Orchestra, scored and conducted by Steven Taylor, recorded in the Fall of 1985 in Dallas, Texas. “(This) was Allen’s test, Minzer has been quoted as saying, “I think he decided that he was going to test me..to see if I was legitimate enough, or had the resources enough to do this thing. I get a phone-call from the music arranger, Steven Taylor. He tells me Allen has agreed to record. Okay..But on one condition. We need … Read More
Here’s yet another version of Allen’s delightful bitter-sweet Airplane Blues (see our earlier posting about that particular composition here). This one, with Bugs Henderson and Friends, recorded in Dallas, Texas in the Fall of 1985, is one of two cuts by Allen featured on the extraordinary (and extraordinarily hard-to-find!) compilation album, Made Up In Texas, the very first release on Michael Minzer‘s remarkable and visionary Paris Records.
For a later Paris Records project posting (Minzer now in collaboration with producer Hal Willner) see here
For more on Paris Records see here
Happy (74th) Birthday Gelek Rinpoche! Tibetan Lama, Allen’s friend & guru, founder of Jewel Heart, currently centered in Ann Arbor Michigan. For an illuminating introduction, here’s the trailer for Nikki Appino’s new documentary American Rimpoche, peppered with photos by Allen, and music by Philip Glass.
Pat Thomas‘ interview with Allen, published in 1984, in a little magazine he edited himself called “the Notebook”, out of Rochester, New York, deserves an unearthing and a dissemination. Rock n roll Allen. The piece was headed “Allen Ginsberg Speaks on The Clash, King Crimson, Kerouac, The Grateful Dead”.
from the Vox Interview, (conducted at Slane Castle, Dublin) July 8 1984:
Bono: I just bought Woody Guthrie‘s Bound For Glory. I’m just a beginner when it comes to America. I mean, it’s changed me. When you go to the US coming from this country, it’s more than a different continent…Van Morrison: It’s shell-shock.
Bono: Yeah, coming from troubled Ireland, it’s the real shell-shock! I’m just getting acquainted with American … Read More