Allen Ginsberg at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, October 1973
A vintage reading today from 1973 (see here) – Allen reads, principally, from poems that will appear in the collection, Mind Breaths
AG: (I’ve been here) pretty regularly about every third semester. So I’ve been here, I think, since the mid ‘Sixties, presenting sequentially, every alternate year, the new poetry that I’ve written in the last seasons. So that’s probably what I’ll do this time again. I was here about a year-and-a-half ago . So I’ll read poems written in the last year-and-a-half., since I was here in … Read More
AG: So. Now then with some other music of Dowland We have a couple of (John) Dowland songs (on the tape) which are in our texts. So, to begin with, the, the one that was set to music, the “Weep You No More, Sad Fountains“,
(that’s on)..page 113)
[From approximately fifty-six-and-a-quarter to fifty-seven-and-a-quarter minutes in, there is ambient conversation among the students, as AG goes to set up the record –
AG: “..this is the end of the last song – Student: Turn it down a bit – AG- Turn it down?”]
[From approximately fifty-seven-and-three-quarter minutes in (to … Read More
[“Only beauty purely loving/Knows no discord” (Thomas Campion)]
Continuing with classroom discussion of Campion’s “Rose-cheek’d Laura..”
Rose-cheek’d Laura, come
Sing thou smoothly with thy beauty’s
Silent music, either other
Lovely forms do flow
From concent divinely framed;
Heav’n is music and thy beauty’s
Birth is heavenly.
These dull notes we sing
Discords need for helps to grace them;
Only beauty purely loving
Knows no discord,
But still moves delight
Like clear springs renew’d by flowing,
Ever perfect, ever in them-
AG: I guess it’s (it’s metrics are) pretty natural – [to Student (Pat)] – Have … Read More
AG: Let’s see what else there is? The really great one for that I always thought was.. on (page) two-two-seven..Rose-cheek’d Laura – two-two-seven
Student; All the other books spell Laura with a “w” and not a “u”
AG: L-A-W-R-A? – Yeah, “Lawra” ..because that makes the vowel longer – “Lawra” – What I… [to Student] Do you know the music to that one?
Student: It’s not in there.
AG: It’s not in there. But, anyway.. Dig the way it goes . “Rose-cheek’d Laura, come”. It’s not “Rose-cheek’d Laura come” – “Rose-cheek’d Laura, come” – Rose-cheek’d – breath – Laura, … Read More
[Allen, turning on and off the tape of the Bunting’s lecture recording, searches on the tape-recorder] – “Well, let’s see what he says about it – He was using records too – It’ll be clear in a minute..”
[At approximately thirty-two-and a quarter minutes in (and concluding at approximately thirty-four-and-a-quarter minutes in), Allen plays a recording of Bunting reading Campion’s “Follow Thy Sun…” – “Follow thy fair sun, unhappy shadow/Tough … Read More
AG: So the next one that he (Thomas Campion) has is “Follow Thy.. Sun Unhappy Shadow” (Norton (anthology) page 225, it’s the page before, in the Norton, it begins at the bottom of page 225 ) – Do you know what it… does anyone know how to sing that? if you’ve got the music? – Does anybody know that one? – [to Student] Have you worked on that at all?
Student: I.. I.. I could kind of do it.
AG: Yeah, well let’s have..
Student: Do it, first?
AG: Want to do this first? … Read More
WHEN thou must home to shades of underground,
And there arrived, a new admirèd guest,
The beauteous spirits do engirt thee round,
White Iope, blithe Helen, and the rest,
To hear the stories of thy finish’d love
From that smooth tongue whose music hell can move;
Then wilt thou speak of banqueting delights,
Of masques and revels which sweet youth did make,
Of tourneys and great challenges of knights,
And all these triumphs for thy beauty’s sake:
When thou hast told these… Read More