Thursday November 24 – Thanksgiving

A Thanksgiving poem (from 1957) SONG OF THE FEAST   (for David Amram) What feast of thee, blue wild body! My relatives from the mire      wait outside thy plumage gate! The raging cock, release!              HAIL THANKSIVING! Here the fox-spoon, ye ol’ fudder bucket! An here the geese-bowl, ol’ gowdy! Yez, dare the shaker-pep an the shaker blee-ack, too! C’mon, bring o’er the radiator-soup! Now we is a eatin, now we is a eatin— Play the radio flea, ol’ fane Yez,now we is a eatin an a listening, eatin an a listening — Hey, blink, pass down the bread sink — Ah, … Read More

A Brief Detour on Metrics -1

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Allen continuing his class on Sir Philip Sidney‘s poem  [Astrophil and Stella – Sonnet 1 – “Loving in truth, and fain in verse my love to show”]

Student; So after that?

AG: Well, I don’t know. What happened to the “of”? – [”That She, dear She might take some pleasure/Of my pain”] – “of my pain”, “pleasure of my pain” – That’s one of the problems of the transcription. So we’ll substitute the “That” for the “Of”, we’ve still got six

“Pleasure might cause her read,/ reading might make her know”, no, “Pleasure/ might cause her/ read,/ … Read More

Philip Sidney – “Fool” said my Muse..”

 

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Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586)

AG: (Sir Philip) Sidney’s Sonnets are pretty funny. Number one, particularly – 176 – a couple of pages later – Remember Anne (Waldman) the other day read, in her reading, she read a sonnet that was.. “My love is like my love and she’s like me, and her heart heart like mine, and mine…” [Editorial note – “Two Hearts – After Sir Philip Sidney”‘  –  (“She’s got my heart and I’ve got hers..”‘)] …(which) was an imitation of Astrophel and Stella, and probably the first..

The last line in … Read More

Quentin Crisp

[Allen Ginsberg with writer, raconteur, wit, Quentin Crisp, at the Kiev Restaurant, NYC, 1995]

Seventeen years since the passing of Quentin Crisp, the unforgettable Quentin Crisp. Crisperanto – The Quentin Crisp Archives – are lovingly and comprehensively curated by archivist/curator Phillip Ward.   So much extraordinary material there.  Don’t miss it. Here’s just a little sampling of the man himself, starting with his acting debut in the 1967 short, Captain Busby (based on a surreal poem by Philip O’Connor)

And Bernard Braden’s BFI interview the following year (“the year “ The Naked Civil Servant” was first published and … Read More

Michael McClure’s Mephistos

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[Michael McClure, Mephistos & Other Poems, City Lights Books, November 2016]

Michael McClure‘s new book of poems has just been released by City Lights:    “A landmark work of bio-romanticism, Mephistos and Other Poems is (McClure’s) first completely new collection in five years…. The title sequence, “Mephistos” stems from (his) ongoing “grafting” experiment, growing new poems from fragments of his older works. “Some Fringes: is a series of haiku-like nature poems, while the seventeen-part “Rose Breaths” derives from the poet’s practice of meditation. The freestanding poems grouped under the title “Being:” pay homage to many of McClure’s collaborators and fellow … Read More

Saturday November 19 (Happy Birthday, Joanne Kyger)

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[Joanne Kyger, Spring Street Center, Seattle, 2015. Photo: George Bowering]

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[ Joanne Kyger, On Time: Poems 2005 – 2014, City Lights Books, 2015]

Joanne Kyger‘s Birthday today. Here‘s an interview, following the publication of her On Time: Poems 2005-2014  from City Lights last year

The Allen Ginsberg Project has celebrated this national treasure before –  here, here,  here and here

And below, From 2012, Joanne Kyger The Poetry Project.

Happy 82nd birthday, Joanne!

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Friday’s Weekly Round Up – 293

Bob Dylan, The Mann Center, Philadelphia, July 13, 2016. via Bill’s Music Blog

So Bob Dylan won’t be heading over to Sweden to pick up his Nobel Prize for Literature on December the 10th. The Swedish Academy said Wednesday that Dylan told them he “wishes he could receive the prize personally, but other commitments made it unfortunately impossible”. He is still, however, required to give a Nobel lecture some time between now and next June.

Rolling Stone announces it here, The Guardian here, here in the New York Times.

More Dylan news – and a must-read – (in … Read More

Ginsberg’s “Woe unto thee Manhattan” (An Early Sonnet)

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AG: I think.. I wrote.. When I first read Jack Kerouac’s first book, I wrote a sonnet imitating this, that ended something like.. something very similar with “Woe unto..” (yes, “Sion is…”  “Sion lies waste, and thy Jerusalem,/ O Lord, is fall’n to utter desolation

Woe unto thee, Manhattan, woe to thee,

Woe unto all the cities of the world.

Repent, Chicagos, O repent; ah, me!

Los Angeles, now thou art gone so wild,

I think thou art still mighty, yet shall be,

As the earth shook, and San Francisco fell,

An angel in an agony of … Read More

Fulke Greville & Hart Crane’s Atlantis

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AG: – Is [Hart Crane’s] ”Atlantis in here? – where you’ll find something similar [to Fulke Greville] there. The reason I was thinking of that little poem is that it’s got a lot of.. it’s a seminal poem that a lot of people have heard that got a little vibe out of – Crane’s Atlantis, and, if it’s not here, I’ll bring it in some other time …. Nine-forty-three..Hart? what? One-thousand-and-eighty-three – Hart Crane.. I’ll see if I can find a similar piece of rhetoric…No, “Atlantis” isn’t here.. Well, okay I’ll substitute for that another piece of … Read More

“False flames spiritual but infernal” (more Fulke Greville)

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Fulke Greville (1554-1628)

Student: Nor with false flames spiritual but infernal/Dry up Thy Mercy’s ever springing fountains.”

AG: Yeah, I like that line too. The reason I like that line , that is.. What’s your kick on that?

Student: I don’t know, It seems like thought, just the idea of, like, spiritual hypocrisy again

AG: Well, the idea there is.. Alright, yes – The Christ’s “false flames spiritual but infernal”, (or  the acid-heads’ “false flames spiritual but infernal”, if you want to give it a present application). But, what I like about that line, particularly, is “nor with..” … Read More