Gregory Corso Reads “Poets Hitchhiking On A Highway”

[Gregory Corso (1930-2001)]

GC: Now there’s a story about this one, though. (Allen) Ginsberg and I were going to see Henry Miller, and we were in…. this was in (19)56, and we were going to see Henry Miller, and we didn’t get to his house, who we stopped to see was (Edward) Weston, the photographer, a very old man, who took lots of pictures of William Carlos Williams and all that, Edward Weston, and pictures of Carmel, out there, and dead birds, and what-not. Well, it was raining, and when we were visiting him, when we were leaving, … Read More

‘Nanda Pivano Note

[Fernanda Pivano and Allen Ginsberg]

Following a little detour on Shakespeare and Gregory Corso, Allen has a brief reminder for his 1980 Naropa “Rotating Shakespeare” class

AG: And I was to remind you that ‘Nanda Pivano will be teaching the Visiting Poetics class tomorrow, I think, a survey of the impact of American Literature on Europe, (particularly Italy as an anti-authoritarian culture import or something like that. I don’t know what she’ll cover precisely but (there) will likely (be) recollections of Alice Toklas and (Ernest) Hemingway and Ezra Pound and. (to Fernanda Pivano). who else? – or … Read More

Corso and Shakespeare

An “out-take” from Allen’s 1980 Shakespeare lecture

AG: [in media res].. a text. Does anybody know what I’m reading?

Student: (I know) AG: Well don’t say.. or, I might as well say it.. I’m going to read some (Gregory) Corso in relation to Shakespeare’s language. Corso, on an elegant theme, similar, an elegant and archaic theme, that is – “Clown”

And I’ll read a few passages from a very long poem (with the title being “Clown”) – So it’s all variations on the notion, or idea, the central idea of clown, (clown-hood, adressing a clown, clown acts), with the … Read More

More Shakespeare – 2 (continues & concludes)

[Caliban – Charles A Buchel, 1904]

Allen Ginsberg on Shakespeare’s The Tempest continues (and concludes)

continuing from yesterday

AG: Trinculo’s got some very funny lines, discovering Caliban’s nature and how he smelt like a fish! – “..a very ancient and fish-/like smell, a kind not of the newest Poor-/John. A strange fish! Were I in England now, as once I was, and had this fish painted… a painted fish” And here’s that line, “..misery acquaints a man with/ strange bedfellows” – Did Shakespeare invent that? – “misery…”, line 38 – “Misery makes strange bedfellows?” You know the famous trite … Read More