Expansive Poetics – 107 (Philippe Soupault)

[Philippe Soupault (1897-1990)]

AG: So you can do it in a short form too. You don’t have to write a big long long (poem). So we go back to “the frogs”, back to the French, to Benjamin Peret (he’s after (Robert) Desnos (where is Peret (in our anthology)?  [Allen searches through the class anthology] – maybe earlier, yeah – 1899. Let’s see, we have Peret, we have (Philippe) Soupault) – Souplault – 1897 – Now Soupault is the man considered by.. French.. 1897.. Philippe Soupault. There’s Tristan Tzara, and then there’s Andre Breton, and then there’s Philippe … Read More

Expansive Poetics – 106 (Joy Without Cause)

Joy is Your Birthright - Center and Connect and Be Joy-filled - Dr. Diva Verdun

Student: How can joy be

AG: Without cause? Student: Without cause, yeah? AG:  Well, it’s a mystery. Joy without cause, meaning.. Joy, the unborn joy, I should say. “Unborn”, in the sense that you can’t trace it back to its womb and find the cause . And you don’t have to..  It’s there. It allows the universe to exist on its own without an explanation. Student: Someone said joy…there is no such thing as joy… that has a cause. Joy with a cause isn’t joy.  AG: Yeah. Joy with a cause is conditioned on its cause and therefore isn’t eternal, … Read More

Expansive Poetics – 105 (Kaddish)

Allen’s August 13 1981 Naropa class continues

AG: “Kaddish”, (which is a long poem, celebrated, and it’s supposed to be sort of a kind of terrible masterpiece), is really just writing what I hadn’t been taking into account. Just a release of particulars that may have occured to me at one time or another but I never particularly strung together and made any kind of coherent exhibition of (to myself, or others).  So it was a recognition of feelings that I had to(ward) my mother, as well as images. When I wrote down that line – “with your belly Read More