July 19 (Mayakovsky’s Birthday)
July 19, 2017
Today, July 19, the great poet, Vladimir Vladimirovich Mayakovsky, was born in Baghdati, Georgia. We’ve featured Mayakovsky numerous times here on the Allen Ginsberg Project. For example, here and here. The fourteen-part series, Allen’s 1981 focus (with in-class presentation by Ann Charters)  begins here, and continues  here, here and […]
Expansive Poetics – 79 (Sergei Esenin – 4)
July 7, 2014
from August 6 1981 at Naropa and Allen’s on-going Expansive Poetics (Russian Poetry) class AG: (So, I’ll continue with Sergei Esenin) today and go on to Anna Akhmatova, and then, I think, leave Russian poetry and then go on to French Surrealists, and some Spanish..  In[…]
Expansive Poetics – 78 (Sergei Esenin – 3)
July 3, 2014
AG: First thing we ought to do is get to some of his (Sergei Esenin‘s) texts, some of the poetry, before we get onto the gossip (which is kind of poetically interesting (too), I think) – “Letter To His Mother”  He’d abandoned not only the village, he’d gone out[…]
Expansive Poetics – 77 (Sergei Esenin – 2)
July 2, 2014
.. So, Esenin broke loose from (Nikolay) Klyuev, who was very demanding (sexually, I imagine, as well as morally). He didn’t want Esenin to be running around Russia as a big intelligent poet, handsome, on his own, making out with everybody else. So there is another poetic cafe that’s[…]
Expansive Poetics – 76 (Sergei Esenin – 1)
July 1, 2014
AG: I  think, first of all, to get now into (Sergei) Esenin, (we should) hear his voice. I played it last term. There’s a record I brought back from Prague, given to me by Esenin’s Czech translator in 1965. Could we hear that? The most powerful voice of all the Russians, I[…]
Expansive Poetics – 75 (Nikolay Klyuev)
June 30, 2014
August 4, 1981 Naropa Institute, Allen continues his lecture(s) on Expansive Poetics AG: Well, I thought this time to cover somebody that we had mentioned before, which (is Sergei) Esenin, and to cover Esenin, we also have to cover a little bit of (Nikolay) Klyuev. Those of you who[…]
Expansive Poetics – 50 (Mayakovsky on Esenin)
April 16, 2014
AG (to Ann Charters): I did want to interject this (Sergei) Esenin thing, because in that there’s also a reference to the bronze-lidded statue Ann Charters: Yeah AG: So they’re all.. This is Mayakovsky’s elegy on the suicide of Esenin,  Mayakovsky’s comment on Esenin’s suicide[…]
Expansive Poetics – 45 (Mayakovsky – 2)
April 8, 2014
  Пощёчина общественному вкусу Читающим наше Новое Первое Неожиданное. Только мы — лицо нашего Времени. Рог времени трубит нами в словесном искусстве. Прошлое тесно. Академия и Пушкин непонятнее гиероглифов. Бросить Пушкина,Достоевского, Толстого и проч. и проч. с парохода Современности. Кто не забудет своей первой любви, не[…]
Expansive Poetics – 44 – (Mayakovsky – 1)
April 7, 2014
  July 7, 1981, Allen Ginsberg’s class on Expansive Poetics continues AG: We were on (Robert)  Duncan (“A Poem Beginning with a Line by Pindar”),  and actually I read up to Duncan’s introduction of (Walt) Whitman, and I want to leave it there. Actually, when I first read that[…]
Mayakovsky (Allen Ginsberg’s 1975 Naropa class)
December 13, 2011
Shifting same time (19th/early 20th century) to Moscow. Or.. of the same time, the equivalent group in Russia were the Futurists, who were maybe the earliest relatives, the earliest people who broke up a sense of consciousness, or a sense of a solid consciousness[…]