Chogyam Trungpa would have been 75 years old today
Previous Trungpa birthday postings on the Allen Ginsberg Project may be viewed here and here
For a rich wealth of Trungpa materials – see here (Shambhala), here (the Chronicles Project) and here (the Chogyam Trungpa Legacy Project)
AG: So the next one chronologically that I want to take up is Hart Crane, whom we have in our book
[Hart Crane (1899-1932)]
(Incidentally, SS [sic] gave me a good idea. (She) gave me, as a gift, one of these things where she made little stick-out labels and divided the sections into European, American, Greek, German, Russian, Eastern European. That seems to be a good way. I’ll try it out for dividing up the book. I hadn’t thought of that but it sounds … Read More
tape resumes in media res.. class discussion of traditional and modernist metrics
AG:…. how many (syllables in the) French alexandrine?
AG: Twelve. And if you write in eight, eleven, or twelve syllables, pretty soon you develop an automatic body ear for being able to do it. Among moderns, Kenneth Rexroth‘s longer works are done by syllables – you’ll see a long column of poetic lines and they’re all six or seven or eight syllables. A number of poets worked with that. So that was Marianne Moore‘s way.
H.D. – Hilda Doolittle was a lesbian and … Read More
AG: To make a long story short, (Ezra) Pound went to Venice, (and) studied some classical languages and Renaissance, and Provencal poetries, specializing in two areas – one, where the language moved, from Latin to a provincial language, that is to say, where writers made the transition from writing in classical Latin to writing in French Provencal, or troubadour language, or.. what other languages?..in Italy, that was…
Student: It’s Provencal in the south of France, and koine for northern Spain and Italy.
AG: What was it called?
AG: [phonetically] ko-ee-nay
Student: K-O-I-N-E It’s a common language..
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Newspaper reports last year noted a court case involving LaVigne and his former assistant George Chebanyuk – (“Chebanyuk is alleged to have tried to sell off six works created by LaVigne, including a nude presumably depicting Beat Generation poet Allen Ginsberg”).
A jury deliberated for four hours, on February 4, and returned a … Read More
So there’s two poems by Ezra Pound – I haven’t got the dates on them but I’m guessing that they’re around 1917, around World War I or before.
“Commission” – First is Pound’s address to his own poems (just as Whitman had addressed his poems to go out into the world – “who touches this book touches a man” [“Camerado, this is no book,/Who touches this touches a man”] “missing me, stop somewhere, you’ll find me under your feet” [“If you want me again look for me under your boot-soles”…”Missing me one place search another/I stop somewhere waiting for you”])
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AG: Well, it’s the list poem, or litany, or anaphoric return to the margin, which is characteristic of a lot of this kind of composition. The most common form is (in the) Bible
– [from Ecclesiastes 12:6-7, King James version] – “Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern/Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who … Read More
AG: Now, by (Velimir) Khlebnikov, a poem called “Menagerie” [ “Zverinets“, also translated as “Zoo”], which would be 19.. let’s see, 1909. Russia (St. Petersburg, probably, among a group that were hanging around a coffee-shop called The Stray Dog Cafe, where Khlebnikov and his friends resided.
[Allen then proceeds to read Khlebnikov’s poem “Menagerie” in its entirety]
“Oh Garden, Zoological Garden! /Where the iron is like a father reminding brothers to be brothers and stopping their bloody grapple/Where the Germans drink their beer and girlies sell their bodies/Where the eagles sit like an eternity … Read More