Halloween
October 31, 2018
“This living hand, now warm and capable Of earnest grasping, would, if it were cold And in the icy silence of the tomb, So haunt thy days and chill thy dreaming nights That thou wouldst wish thine own heart dry of blood So in my veins red life might stream again, And[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up -346
December 15, 2017
Amanda Petrusich, writing in The New Yorker “The membrane between poetry and“song,” as we think of it in 2017, has always been flimsy and permeable; once all poems were songs. Ginsberg’s weird, wobbly singing [in “The Complete Songs of[…]
Happy Halloween!
October 31, 2017
Happy Halloween! It’s a dark night. The spirits are out.  It’s also John Keats’ birthday!![…]
Breath Poems
August 15, 2017
AG: .. ..(I cited some lines)  from Hart Crane’s poem “Hurricane” as an example of dochmaic meter… and the whole poem is really interesting, and it’s just in the sequence of poems I’ve been referring to, one time or[…]
More Shakespeare (Prospero’s Farewell Speech)
January 30, 2017
Our revels now are ended. These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits, and Are melted into air, into thin air: And like the baseless fabric of this vision, The cloud-capp’d tow’rs, the[…]
Keats and Shelley – (Keats’ Last Poem)
December 19, 2016
 On Keats and Shelley  continued Student: Have you seen the grave (of John Keats)? AG: Yeah, sure, many times. I went there with Gregory.. (I) went there alone once and I went there with Gregory (Corso) Student: I went[…]
Adonais
December 15, 2016
AG: Then a similar thing to Shelley was a very great poet at this particular colossal rhyme, the colossal breath, heroic or colossal breath, I guess, is Adonais (do folks know that? Adonais? – how many have read through Adonais?[…]
The Reverend Howard Finster
October 22, 2016
Allen Ginsberg sitting on a Howard Finster chair in Paradise Garden, Pennville, Georgia, 1988 The Reverend Howard Finster, Baptist preacher and internationally-renowned folk artist passed away 15 years ago. This year (2016) is the Howard Finster Centennial. A centennial show is currently up at the Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, Virginia (up[…]
Comprehensive Reading
October 12, 2016
Edmund Spenser (1552-1599) AG: Edmund Spenser is a colossus, and he’s so big that I think we’ll go around him Except, maybe, one or two, one or two little short things – the Epithalamion – a big Leviathan poem here, marriage poem. What I would suggest is that you go home and[…]
Kenneth Koch’s 1979 Naropa Class
October 3, 2015
                                                               Kenneth Koch last week – Here’s transcription of Kenneth’s (Summer Academy of Practicing Writers) May 26, 1979 Naropa class[…]