“They got nothing on me/at the university/Them clever poets/of immensity..” – That’s very funny, actually – “Them clever poets /of immensity” – “With charcoal suits/and charcoal hair/And green armpits…” – “Green armpits” – that’s because when we introduced Gregory Corso to John Clellon Holmes and he read some of Gregory’s early poetry, Holmes, who was a mid-town sophisticate, said, “Oh he writes green armpit poetry”. I guess you all know “green armpit poetry”. (There’s) much of it written around here [at Naropa]. It’s a whole genre of poetry, of beginning … Read More
“The Summer Writing Program is a four-week-long convocation of students, poets, fiction writers, scholars, translators, performance artists, activists, Buddhist teachers, musicians, printers, editors and others working in small press publishing. Programming includes workshops, lectures, panels, readings, special events and more.”This years’s theme – “The Braided River – Activist Rhizome” – the four weeks being broken down as, week one – “Disparities, Exigencies, Identity, Language”, week two, “Who am I when I dream: Philo-poetics”, week … Read More
Back in the 1980’s (and, indeed, into the 1990’s – and beyond?) Kim’s Videos(on St Marks Place, later on Avenue A) was an essential part of Allen’s New York East Village neighborhood. As Allen’s upstairs neighbor, Richard Hell remarked (in a valedictory piece, in 2014, in the New York Times) – “The moment Kim’s opened, it supplanted everything else in the area. It was so much better curated”. Carefully arranged (via directors, via genres), mind-boggling comprehensive, it had… well, everything! Too expansive to keep up a regular (printed) catalog, there were one or two desultory attempts to map the … Read More
AG: The most amazing weird formulations are in (Jack Kerouac’s Mexico City Blues) in the 32nd Chorus:“Newton‘s theory of relativity/and grave gravity/is that rocks’ll fall on your head/ Pluto is the Latest Star/ Astrononical facts/ from under the bar./ Little cottages of hills receive/the Constellation of/the Sourthern Hemisphere./ Where rosy doves’re seen flying/ Past Pis Cacuaqaheuro/Monte Visto de Santo/De Gassa – healing helium/gas – from the substance/on the sunstar – / gas discovered on the sun/ by spectral gazing/ Sorcerers hoppity skip/with the same familiarity /In my Buddhaland dreams -/ Monotonous monotony/ of endless grape dirigible stars.”
Student: I was wondering if you were (suggesting poetry and meditation) in the same (breath as) functions of the mind? I was wondering if you are saying that – that poetry is a function of the mind?
Student: You expanded on (Jack) Kerouac‘s…
AG: …if you write it down.
Student: Can you expand on Kerouac’s “If the mind is shapely, the poetry … Read More
AG: Well, it’s [(Chorus 24) is] just basically just logic. A statement…
Student: (With essay thoughts you verify them..)
Student: (..You argue your points, and…)
AG: Yeah, so (here) it’s just sort of common sense. It isn’t that much of a mystical mysterium. It gets reduced. So, simply to say that, (here) items of thought-forms themselves, or dots of thought-forms, or the monads of thought-forms, are built in(to) this triple-ripple (like the “kerplunk” that … Read More