[ “You’re making some sort of Cold War problem when what I’m saying is that the problem is ecological” (Allen Ginsberg to Barry Farber, 1976) – Carl Solomon, Allen Ginsberg and John Tytell are shown here at Allen’s Cherry Valley Farm – photograph by Mellon Tytell]
BF: Allen, when you got out of that plane, being kicked out of Prague, you wrote (“Kral Majales”)… Did you know you were going to write a poem before you got to London?
AG: No.. I always carry a notebook with me. Like, I’ve … Read More
ST: While the discussion goes on in the background. I was trying to whisper to the audience that I think there’s a seriousness and semi-seriousness, but we’ll see if you can sort of discern the chaff from the wheat.
AG: No, I’ll talk over him (Gregory Corso)., I’ll talk over him.
Now, the end of the poem [“Howl”] – which is where – “I’m with you in Rockland”, (which is a bug-house). I’m saying, “I sympathize, I … Read More
AG: I think (that Artaud had) some influence on Samuel Beckett actually, and an enormous influence, in the (19)40’s, on American poetry, in Black Mountain, and on myself, immediately, about 1948, in a mental hospital with Carl Solomon. Carl had a copy in French of this poem [“Here Lies” (Ci-gît)] and introduced (to me), that “Dakantal/dakis tekel/ ta redaba/ ta redabel/ de stra muntils/ o ept anis/ o ept atra..” and it was, like, a very exquisite menacing mantra, penetrating through the babble of the language of the bughouse. Yeah?… Read More