AG: …. But to capture the spirit, the breath of the moment, you have to love it. You’re going to have to love the breath of the moment…(Understand it) that way. So I’m saying, “Love the breath of the moment”. Don’t be afraid to love the breath of the moment, even if it’s got garlic on it. It’s not a rule, it’s just sort of an opening, I’m saying. There’s an opening there (that you can) go into and…
(So many).. classical traditions (are) precisely this. … Read More
over a dozen pieces, plus an illuminating memoir-introduction by Dick Brukenfeld, (Corso’s first publisher, of the 1955 Harvard volume, The Vestal Lady on Brattle), plus footnotes, index, dramatis personae…
a faithful capturing of that irascible, wayward, prison-smart, poetics-smart, uniquely vocal, unapologetic, Beat poet
Corso, in 1980, to a patient and respectful poet-interviewer, Gavin Selerie:
“But if you take this tape here and transcribe it, people will read it on the page – … Read More
Student:: I was wondering.. if…(most of the poets…) (have a readership)?
AG: Someone take the microphone over please..
David Rome: Yes, in Tibet, most of the poetry is accessible to everybody, or if it’s written by upper class people for upper class people, or if it’s all of the above, is it written for the common man? Can everybody understand the poetry there?
Chogyam Trungpa: Well, anybody who can read, who can read, yes – Well, we have problems with the peasant people who have never been taught reading or writing at all, so, … Read More
GC: Big crowd here [at Naropa] – and I don’t think much of the crowd thought he was in Vajrayana, with his Crazy Wisdom, right? – (Did you see) Crazy Wisdom, Allen?
[to Allen Ginsberg] – Don’t look at him, look at (me)
Episode 46 – Otis Gibbs interviews Ben Schafer about Allen and friends – halcyon days in New York’s East Village in the late ‘Eighties. We highly recommend this self-effacing loving and intimate recollection
Some related content – We’ve already featured Bob Rosenthal (Allen’s secretary)’s memories in a four-part series here – and Steve Finbow has posted a working-for-Allen account (“What It Was Like Working For Allen Ginsberg; A Chat With His Assistant-Turned-Biographer”) here – More memories to come on the Allen Ginsberg Project. … Read More
Continuing with Allen’s reading from, and annotation of, William Blake’s “Auguries of Innocence”
AG: “The Catterpiller on the Leaf/ Repeats to thee thy Mother’s grief “ – That’s a mysterious one. How do we make that one? – “The Catterpiller on the Leaf/ Repeats to thee thy Mother’s grief “
Student: (Maybe the caterpillar being born…)
AG: Being born. Yes. Being born of earth, really. In the Book of Thel, actually, if you read the Book of Thel, that actually completely explains that couplet, because it’s