More Blake – Tiriel – 2
September 25, 2018
Allen Ginsberg on William Blake’s “Tiriel” continues A different sort of indication that Blake wrote with the condition of the British Empire in mind is the source of the names.  Apparently there’s a book by Cornelius Agrippa, Occult Philosophy, from which the “Tiriel” name is taken, and from that it is the[…]
Diane di Prima continues
August 7, 2017
Diane di  Prima – continuing from yesterday DD: Okay, part five of this poem  was going to be –   – part five was going to be kind of.. was going to be[…]
Diane di Prima
August 6, 2017
It’s Diane di  Prima’s birthday. She’s 83. We send her greetings on her birthday and celebrate with this remarkable vintage tape (it’s another of the Bay Area Writers series at Novato, California – see here, here[…]
1979 Allen Ginsberg Reading in Toronto (Plutonian Ode & other poems)
February 21, 2015
    More vintage footage this weekend (courtesy Don Rothenberg)  – Allen Ginsberg (with Steven Taylor) in Toronto, in April 1979, on the occasion of the World Symposium on Humanity event there. The main feature – (following some brief explication) – a reading, in its entirety, by Allen, of his recently-composed “Plutonian[…]
William Blake Class – 3 (Gnostic Background)
March 6, 2012
I want to say a little bit about the Gnostic background for these matters. Blake was a printer and engraver and a friend of William Godwin, who had a social political metaphysical circle, anarchist, more or less. The (father) of Mary Shelley, who wrote Frankenstein – William Godwin. You[…]
William Blake Class – 2 (Urizen)
March 6, 2012
So Urizen (The first Book of Urizen) was printed 1794, it’s on page 69 of the Erdman. So who’s got my (copy)? As you remember, Urizen was the principle (that) would be the correlation in Buddhism to the vajra principle of intellect,intelligence. In Buddhism, vajra quality can also have its corrupted or[…]
Shelley (Allen’s 1975 NAROPA class – 3)
November 17, 2011
Allen Ginsberg on “The History of Poetry” continues from here AG: Move on to.. There are certain things in Shelley that should be noted. You had the “Ode to the West Wind”. There is a great thing called “The Hymn to[…]
Gnosticism, Milton & More (Allen’s 1975 NAROPA class continues – 1)
November 16, 2011
Continuing with Allen’s June 23 1975 NAROPA lecture, (topics already covered, John Donne and Andrew Marvell – and now this): AG: According to some Gnostic schools, in the beginning was the Abyss of Light, which somehow shimmered to reflect itself for a moment and that reflection was the Word, known as Sophia,[…]