[Vladimir Mayakovsky, detail of a poster design, 1921. – Translation of the title: “Comrades! Beware of falling into those jaws. Let us close ranks to escape such a miserable fate—Strengthen Soviet Rule!”]
Ann Charters‘ (July 9 1981) Russian Poetry class continues.
Ann Charters: Well, let’s talk about Mayakovsky as a political poet now for a while, because he was most famous for a poem called “Lenin”, which he wrote in 1924, as a eulogy for the dear departed leader, who had made the Revolution and the victory of the Bolsheviks an actuality. As you could hear from … Read More
[Allen Ginsberg, Boulder Colorado, June 1994. photo c. Steve Miles]
Allen’s 1981 Expansive Poetics class transcripts continue.
Allen speaks out, noting Naropa’s current (1981) financial difficulties, but, “whether or not Naropa survives”…
AG: I think one thing we have succeeded in doing [here at the Jack Kerouac School at Naropa Institute] is carrying on something that started with Black Mountain (College), which was that practicing poets teach poetry in a community of poets. The idea here was to add on practicing poets in a community of poets and meditators, which I thought was doubling the consciousness, or doubling … Read More
“When you hear sweet syncopation and the music softly moans/‘t ain’t no sin to take off your skin and dance around in your bones/When it gets too hot for comfort, and you can’t get an ice-cream cone/t’ain’t no sin to take off your skin and dance around in your bones/Just like those bamboo babies, down in the South Sea tropic zone/ t’aint no sin to take off your skin and dance around in your bones.”
William Burroughs, Robert Wilson and Tom Waits‘ … Read More
[Vladimir Mayakovsky – Costume Art for the Seven Pairs of the Clean and the Seven Pairs of the Unclean from the production of his play, Mystery-Bouffe (1918/1921)]
AG: Footnote..speaking of menage a trois – Heartbeat..
Ann Charters: Yes
AG: … is playing today and tomorrow at the cinema down on the Mall. I’ve never seen it so I’ll probably go But, in case any of you are curious how Hollywood’s handled it.
Ann Charters: The thing about Mayakovsky which is also important to stress is that there is (there are), of course, at least two Mayakovsky’s, the one who … Read More