RD: So, here we go, we’re back. And we’re in a very much later “Passages”, and there are two of them that came, after having two attacks of sciatica and a considerable life-depression because I’d also seen a picture of what my spine looks like (my stomach muscles are holding me up, because there’s nothing going on in there (my spine) that can be doing it at the present round, or ought to be doing it at least). I … … Read More
Today is the official release day for The Complete Songs Of Innocence And Experience, Allen’s Blake settings, re-released on CD and Digital by Omnivore Recordings, for the first time, (plus a second disc of rarities and previously unissued songs). For earlier announcements on the Allen Ginsberg Project – see here and here.
[Ezra Pound’s – Literary Essays (New Directions, 1968) & Louis Zukofsky’s A Test of Poetry (Objectivist Press, 1948 – reprinted Wesleyan University Press, 2000)]
AG: What I’ve covered so far in this course, I don’t know if you’ve noticed (because I didn’t notice till I was walking up here tonight) was..I started with some definition by (Ezra) Pound – melopoeia (music), phanopoeia.. (phanopoeia – the picture cast in the mind’s eye, melopoeia, the music of the language, and logopoeia, “the dance of intellect among words”). That’s the… so it’s the.. According to (Louis) Zukofsky, his words for the same … Read More
AG: I have one short explanation. I’ve used the word(s) “objectified emotion” – “Only objectified emotion ensures” – But, just to make sure that the word is not misunderstood. It doesn’t mean “objective, as – … Read More
AG: Well (W.B.) Yeats did.. (that’s more) Irish..This is Cap and Bells too. I just (give you) that – but I wanted to get back into the breath into the open space. So it’s sort of insubstantial breath finally, So we can go back to Samuel Daniel. where we were, on page one-hundred-and-ninety, can sort of get back into…
– Well, he’s talking to his girlfriend and has absolute faith in his girlfriend, such absolute faith in his own love and his girlfriend (on page 189, Sonnet 46 by Samuel Daniel) that he gets … Read More
Lady Smocks (Cardamine pratensis) “And lady-smocks all silver white/ And cuckoo buds of yellow hue/ Do paint the meadows with delight.”
We return today to Allen at Naropa teaching, and a brand new series of transcriptions.. from Jan 7 1980, the opening class from his course in “Basic Poetics – Part 1 and II’. The class begins in media res with Allen reciting a number of adages – [see “Mind Writing Slogans] – (Editorial note – some of this material has been covered before, see for example here and here and here)
AG: “Philosophy is not … Read More
AG: I’m halfway through this book [R.H.Blyth – Haiku – Volume 1], so actually I could zap through the chief haikuof this book, according to about twenty years of reading and re-reading, before we’re done.
Do most of you know these particular ones? Is there anybody that knows these already?
Student 1: Yes.
Student 2: Yeah, some of them.
AG: Some? From these translations?
Student 1: (Some)
AG: (But) the vast majority (doesn’t) – so I’d really like to [continue]. Because they’re so dear, so perfect crystal clear. [These are the] precious ones and they’re … Read More