Every so often, we’ll beg your indulgence with a fragment of transcript that’s pretty incidental, but kind of fun. Here’s Allen, at the very end of his 1980 “Basic Poetics” Naropa lectures (the penultimate one, we’ll be concluding it next week), making arrangements (including arrangements for assistance in moving a piano)
AG: I thought finish maybe with singing one (song)… finish it now.. finish with some song..(since this is the end of the.. (1980 Summer session).. where’s that Blake again?, I forgot.. yeah….. so, from what you’ve got (here) in your book – Oh, we’ve got two things to ask before we do this. (I’ll just sing five minutes, and then we’ll get out of here)… Charlie Ross (sic) is down at the..
Student (CR): …the annex of Naropa.
AG: …putting together Bombay Gin.
CR: And we’ll need.. we need help collating, right after this class, (help) down there…And if anyone can go down… and (they’ll) get a free copy of the magazine when it’s finished…
Also, Allen just..
AG: Yeah, I just bought a piano.
CR: ..bought himself a piano and we have to move this fucker…
AG: …tomorrow. How big is it?
CR: It’s a big old upright. I hope it fits through your door!
AG: It won’t. (You might have to) put it on my porch.
CR: We may have to build you a porch!
AG: So, I’ll need some arms to help tomorrow..
CR: Right, right…
AG: What time do you think that’ll be?
CR: It appears to me that it’ll be around four to five o’clock in the evening..
Student: …to make it up up the steps..
AG: How do you get it into the house?
CR: I’ll need maybe a..
AG: Do we need a truck?
CR: Apparently we don’t. I can get your number and they can give you a call.
Student: (Maybe need) a car?
CR: Well I’m pretty sure we’ve gone for it, but we could use about four..strong…arms.
AG: Can anybody help? Anybody that helps, anybody helps can play it once in a while.
CR: Yeah – But between about four o’clock and five o’clock tomorrow afternoon, and it’ll take maybe an hour.
CR: We’ll meet at Allen’s.. (we need a place to meet, at your place, Allen)..
CR: And I’ll be driving, We’ll just drive over there and… pick it up and put it in the truck, and bring it over to Allen’s, and pick it up, and put it inside, and…
AG: Is that pretty sure? Who can do that. There’ll be enough of us, I think, but could you be dead sure? – Okay? – 1439 Mapleton.
AG: (to another Student): Are you going to be here? Are you going to be here Monday?
Student: Yes, Monday till about about three o’clock
AG: Pardon me? – And then are you leaving town or something?
Student: Yeah. What do you need?
AG: I’ve got to get down to the airport at noon, but where are you going? what’s your..
Student: The airport?
AG: Yeah, but it’s around noon, eleven-ish or so… Well, I’ll try to ride with you.
Student: I’ll tell you tomorrow, because.. So I’m going to the airport Monday.
AG: So am I.
Student: Yeah. But I’m not sure approximately when.
AG: Well my plane is around noon. I’ll look it up.
Student: Do you have something…
AG: Lets’ talk about it after.
[Audio for the above can be heard here, beginning at approximately seventy-seven-and-three-quarter minutes in and concluding at approximately eighty-three-and-a-half minutes in]