Proverbs from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell – 9

“The Lion For Real” (from Illuminated Poems: Allen Ginsberg by Eric Drooker

AG: So, “If the lion were advised by the fox, he would be cunning” – Well, that’s just human nature, a little comment on. I don’t make much of that. It’s just like a little child’s aphorism, (but it might be useful to somebody).

Although that next one, I think is great, because it’s the… it’s an entire philosophy of handicrafts, individualism – “Improvement makes straight roads but the crooked roads without improvement are roads of genius” – (which means that (a) “crooked road” is.. every single turn and crook in it is made by hand mindfully (you know, small scale) and is completely untouched by.. .or, (is) touched by the body, certainly, touched by the Imagination certainly, because you’ve got to figure out, imaginatively, how you get around, quickly, how you get around a big rock, or forest, or over a tree, or around a hill. So the Imagination and the body are involved as well as your emotions – how you feel about that little turn there, and do you want to go through all the hacking down the.. all the.. or do you want to stop the… do you want to cut down the big oak tree? – so the heart is involved – whether you want to sacrifice the oak in the middle of the road. And the reason is involved, obviously. Whereas, with the straight road, it’s pure reason, as a computer might make of a road or a building. So it’s just reason but there’s very little heart, Imagination and body involved with a straight road. Quite literally, and all you have to do is look at our super-highways, which is a one-hundred-percent super-projection of “the mill of reason” onto the landscape to see the exact correctness of prophecy of a little slogan like that – “Improvement makes straight roads but the crooked roads without improvement are roads of genius” – (“genius”, here, he’s relating mainly to Imagination, and Imagination he would be relating to the actual existence of a human person, completely whole, there on the spot, not abstracted out of the spot, but on the spot, making his own road.

Audio for the above can be heard here beginning at approximately fifty-six-and-three-quarter minutes in and concluding at approximately. fifty-nine-and-a-half minutes in

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