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[…]
Horace – 5
September 23, 2015
AG: And the Sapphic Catullan form was picked up by, as we have in here ,  Sir Walter) Raleigh and (Sir Philip) Sidney. So, if you continue turning (the pages of the anthology), you’ll get up to Raleigh. (If you can find that, it’s[…]
Spontaneous Poetics – 72 (continuing)
May 9, 2013
  Student: I’d like to get back to the echoes..the thoughts echoing densities of speech, or something like that. The thought that comes out has a certain density of substance. AG:[…]
Spontaneous Poetics (Ballads) – 29
January 23, 2013
AG: So, anyway, the reason I got off into quantity was.. [back to Sir Walter Ralegh’s “The Lie” – Allen sings, to harmonium accompaniment, the first two stanzas of the poem – “Go Soul, the body’s guest,/ Upon a thankless errand/ Fear[…]
William Blake Class – 4 (Urizen and Milton)
March 7, 2012
Allen continues, lecturing on Blake’s Book of Urizen. AG: “For he strove with battles dire/ In unseen confliction with shapes/ Bred from his forsaken wilderness,/ Of beast, bird, fish, serpent, and element/ Combustion blast, vapour and cloud” – He’s creating his own universe, like Jehovah – “Dark revolving in silent activity:/ Unseen[…]
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,[…]
Spiritual Poetics – 2
August 1, 2011
Allen Ginsberg 1974 Spiritual Poetics class continues AG; I began the class somewhat thoughtlessly, crudely, with vocalizing, so we’re all vocalizing together with some spirit. And, in a way.. there’s no reason that poetry.. or, there are reasons, but it would be ideal if the poetry we arrive at, writing, could involve[…]