David Cope – 5

[David Cope – Three Early Volumes (with cover drawings by the author) – Poems (1974), Neon Eyes (1975) & Waking (1978) – all three published by Nada Press]  

Allen reading  the (early)  poetry of David Cope continues  (and concludes) today“The Beating” – “The dreamers wake to screams;/ down the corridor a man is beating his wife/she runs into the night air/ …. …. the police are summoned and she is carried away covered with blood/ people huddle under the stars speaking softly” – [Again, a good little description, a sort of short-story description]“The hat, the cane the tailored suit,/the … Read More

David Cope – 4

                                                                 [David Cope]

Allen Ginsberg reading David Cope continues “Walking, driving,/ everything is business, nothing is still./ across the river the city gleams,/  voices roar in the metal traffic” – [that’s pretty good, “voices roar in the metal traffic” ]“This is an AMERICAN POEM,/ accept no substitutes,/no surrealism or symbolism, this is the asphalt under your feet”  – [Well, I think he can say that very accurately – great! … Read More

Michael McClure’s Birthday

The venerable Michael McClure turns eighty-three today. Birthday felicitations! For earlier birthday postings on Michael on the Allen Ginsberg Project see here and here.

Also from our archives – see here, here and here Here he is at the Cape Ann Museum earlier this month, in Gloucester, Massachusetts, (introduced by poet and teacher, James Cook) giving the annual Charles Olson reading/lecture – “(The) Greatness of Olson

Here (in two parts) is a reading he gave, (in April of 2000, but only recently uploaded), at the wonderful D.G.Wills bookstore in San Diego

Then there’s this one (we … Read More

Early English Poems (Piers Plowman and The Seafarer)

                                                   [Piers Plowman – ms from the British Library]AG: You know I’m beginning this whole course, which is a survey in English language poetry, in reverse, by reading you the latest, the cream of the latest, rather than just begin a little with Shakespeare. Well, next time, you might start reading (Ezra) Pound”s “The Seafarer”, (on page 994 – “Seafarer”). If you find any other anthologies which have a little bit of “Piers Plowman”, (which is … Read More

Kenneth Koch Q and A continued

                                               [Kenneth Koch – Portrait of Kenneth Koch by Alex Katz]Kenneth Koch Q & A from 1979 continuesKK:  Maybe we should have some more questions. What would you like me to tell you about?Student: What do you at Columbia?KK: I teach three courses there. I’m a regular Professor. I teach a writing course with twelve students. It’s, I mean, in this writing course, it’s not just a poetry-writing course, I have people writing poems and stories … Read More

Kenneth Koch Q & A

                                                               [Kenneth Koch (1925-2002)]

Two weeks ago, we featured transcript of “New York School” poet, Kenneth Koch speaking at Naropa (back in 1979). This weekend we continue that with transcript of the Q & A that followed his lecture

Student: You.. When you write, do you get edited at all?
KK: I’ve never allowed anybody to edit me at all. People don’t edit poetry. I mean, if they do, … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 240

This weekend in Big Sur, California at the Henry Miller Memorial Library, a weekend Allen Ginsberg celebration, beginning tonight with a choral reading of “Howl”, a reading/performance by Anne Waldman and Ambrose Bye and a screening of the 2010 film, Howl, starring James Franco, with filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman there to answer questions

Not to be confused with – not at all to be confused with! – a low-budgeted horror-flick of that name that seems to be circulating.More of Randy Roark‘s remarkable ephemera (see his copy of Allen’s notes on Bob Dylan here) Randy notes: … Read More

Basic Poetics 6 – (Actual Perception v Pure Bullshit)

Student: (I think) his style (David Cope‘s style) puts forth the position of being an observer rather than it being (creative). Instead of things coming out of the mind, the poet simply reflects what he sees..)AG: I think it’s a semantic question, actually. I mean, you know, he doesn’t simply reflect what he sees because, you see, you have to pick out something to see, or something is picked out to see. You don’t write about everything you see, otherwise you’d have thousands and thousands of pages all the time. It’s only those selected moments of perception that are … Read More

Basic Poetics 5 – (David Cope – 3)

Allen’s reading and comments on David Cope’s poetry continuesAG:  “Ornament” – “only 4.95, / this beautiful ornament actually chirps like a bird”  – [That’s the whole poem, that’s really great!]“Lovers Dream”  – “They woke together & found themselves’.. [Now he’s dealing with more impalpable material – a dream] – “They woke together & found themselves in a small white/ room. there was one window,  & out the window fog hanging/over the skeletal city.  an official began haranguing/ them; he forced them to write on pieces of paper. he/ sang to them & pleaded that they cooperate. when they/ moved to the … Read More

Basic Poetics 4 (David Cope – 2)

AG: Another corollary to – “The natural object is always the adequate symbol” (Ezra Pound) . The corollary is by (Chogyam) Trungpa here – “Things are symbols of themselves”-  they stand out in their own stark obviousness, he says, if you see them (so it’s a quality of your own attentiveness and perception, grounding your mind on objects, fastening your mind on objects, and focusing  your attention single-mindedly that makes it possible for you to see things as symbols of themselves, without need for things being a symbol of something else). Just.. In order to see a tree stand in … Read More