Eric Mottram and Philip Whalen 1985 Naropa Reading


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A vintage Naropa reading from July 21 1985 in two parts for this weekend.

Today, the first part, features Eric Mottram and Philip Whalen. Anne Waldman gives the introductions.

Allen Ginsberg tomorrow.

AW: We’re pleased to have Eric Mottram, Philip Whalen and Allen Ginsberg reading – and Eric and Philip will be reading first and then we’ll have a short break and Allen will complete the evening

I have a couple of announcements to make. Please no smoking in this room and no flash photographs and also I’d like to announce there’ll be copies of this … Read More

More Haiku Thinking

“Old pond/Frog jumps/kerplunk!”

continuing from AG’s 1980 Naropa class – see here

AG  It’s [Trungpa Rinopoche’s tri-partite philosophy of the haiku] real interesting.  It got me onto noticing what was wrong with a lot of my haiku(s), and so I found that most of my haiku(s) just had, you know, a flash, and then some location or picture. or comment, or flash and recognition, but no zappy comment, that zapped the whole thing out, that made it, So, in other words, haiku, three short parts. Does that make sense?

Student: Yeah, It’s interesting to think of a … Read More

Basho Revisited



Matsuo Bashō (1644-1694) –  “Old pond/a frog jumps in/kerplunk”

AG: Okay. There might be some…I finished that haiku, or the Basho haiku, which wound up to be – “Old pond/a frog jumps in/kerplunk”(It was “Old pond/frog jumps/kerplunk” but that doesn’t quite sound American – you could say “Old pond/a frog jumps in/kerplunk” -so I filled out a few more syllables to that to make it clearer. And then I realized it would be a great end to a country n’ western song! – like [Allen begins singing] ““Old pond/the frog jumps in/kerplunk” – I wrote a whole bunch of … Read More

Meditation and Poetics – 100 – Haiku and Trikaya


AG:  (I asked you to look at) forms and haiku structure. Does anybody remember that? – or did anybody notate (or make) notes on that?
Student:  (I did and noticed…)
AG: Louder!
Student: (I did and noticed that there was writing specifically about something, and then..)
AG: Then you noticed what?
Student: The writing is direct, and then you notice, you know, that you register, say, the sunshine, and then you reverse backwards (to the source of the sunshine..) and…
AG: Yeah (but) how did that relate to the process of (the) thought-form itself?
Student: I think of an idea … Read More

Meditation and Poetics – 99 – Haiku 12 (Allen Ginsberg Haiku Class)

遠山が目玉にうつるとんぼ哉tôyama ga medama ni utsuru tombo kanaReflected In the eye of the dragonflyThe distant hills(Issa)

Student: Allen?AG: YesStudent: ((The compound) eye of a dragonfly, (comprises) a thousand [thirty-thousand] facets,  you can’t (actually) get a reflection from it (as a singularity))AG: All dragonfly’s eyes are thousand-faceted?  Well, I don’t know what we’re going to do with that.  I think (here) it does come from some observation of some (natural)…Student: (But it’s not biologically accurate..)AG: We’d have to question, then, the translation, maybe. But, actually, he might have had a little ant-heap, (for) which a thousand-faceted reflection would be the distant hills.

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Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 32

The FBI files on the Yippies (released last week), poor xerox and continuing censorship notwithstanding, proved to be singularly under-whelming. That the FBI had Allen’s up-state Cherry Valley farm under surveillance, well, ok, we never knew that before, but it hardly comes as a surprise! – “Allen Ginsberg”, Albany reports (October 1968), “has lived (this) past year approximately five miles east of Cherry Valley, N.Y. on a property known as Old La Salle Academy. Hippie-type individuals (sic) have been observed (the) past year coming and going from Ginsberg property. Approximately four hippies, names unknown, presently live with Ginsberg”.
The anticipated, … Read More