Ecstasy and Grounding
May 28, 2018
Allen continues his discussion (at Naropa, 1980) on Basic Poetics AG: Okay,  so the question was what really..? (a) bummer? –  what do we mean by bummer?..  Where does he get that idea? – from  me?  that we’re not supposed to go into[…]
Christopher Smart’s “A Song to David”
May 22, 2018
    Well, a sample of such a poem is – (a long poem), something that takes a long time to write – by Christopher Smart, now.  There’s one poem that is not in our anthologies called “A Song to David” Student: David? AG: “A Song to David”, which you can find[…]
Christopher Smart – 6 – (Conclusion)
April 30, 2018
AG: Oh then.. this is the greatest…here’s the most amazing line. It’s worthy of  (William) Blake, or above Blake even, I think. (I think it’s above Blake, one line that beats Blake. I’ll read you the two before it, the one  […]
Christopher Smart – 5 (Christopher’s Alphabet)
April 26, 2018
Allen Ginsberg on Christopher Smart continues AG: Then there’s a series on the Hebrew alphabet. Then there’s a series on the English alphabet: For A is the beginning of learning and the door of heaven, For B is a creature busy and bustling. For C is a sense quick and penetrating For[…]
Christopher Smart – 4
April 25, 2018
Allen Ginsberg on “the mad poet”,  Christopher Smart continues AG: Smart is amazing – “Smart went crazy”  (Jack) Kerouac and I wrote a little poem called “Smart Went Crazy” in 1948, talking about Kit Smart).  Kerouac loved this. Kerouac’s long line comes somewhat out of Christopher Smart also. If you notice… Remember[…]
Christopher Smart – 3
April 24, 2018
AG continues with his reading of  Christopher Smart. For I bless God that I am not in a dungeon but am allowed the light of the sun For I pray God for the Pygmies against their feathered adversaries, as a deed of charity For I[…]
Christopher Smart – 2
April 19, 2018
Selections from Christopher Smart’s Jubilate Agno continues For I pray God to bless improvements in gardening until London be a city of palm-trees. For in my nature I quested for beauty but God, God hath sent me to sea for pearls For the nightly Visitor is at the window of the impenitent,[…]
Christopher Smart – 1
April 18, 2018
Allen Ginsberg on Christopher Smart continues AG: And so what I’ll do now is read you some of Smart that you don’t have in the book and then we’ll get on to the book. It looks like that..long lines ..and it’s on facing pages, and on one side[…]
Christopher Smart – Intro
April 16, 2018
AG: Lets get on to Christopher Smart on page five one five. Student: But it sounds… AG: Sounds, yeah, they’re similar. (Watts and Blake’s lullabies)  I’m sorry, this belongs to…      Now, has anybody read any Christopher Smart before? – One.. two..  Have you read some Smart? Student: Maxwell Smart[…]
Pull My Daisy (Collaborative Poem)
February 13, 2018
AG: And another one of the similar.. well, of a similar theme, just a crazy (crazy).. – the mad song?  you know, just the idea of the madman’s song?, was – “Pull My Daisy”,  (which began as a little lyric that I wrote, “Pull my daisy/tip my cup…”) – “Pull my daisy/tip[…]