Student: A lot of Anne (Waldman)’s poems are that way (oracular, rhapsodic) like “Musical Garden”, a breath of fresh air. They can pick you up and just…
Student : ..stanza after stanza, ( with a hook line) – “Can’t give you up”
Student: The “Pressure” poem
Student: That’s not all one line, is it?
AG: No, these are separate lines. Same principle, though – a repeated refrain.. The thing is “Pressure” is.. as distinct from other poems of Anne’s.. “Pressure”.. was the first of her magnificent … Read More
Ted Berrigan: I’m in favor of the addition of as many words as possible in a poem…
AG: Oh, God, I’m in favor of taking out as many words as possible!
TB: It’s just to see if you can get away with it. It has to be good.
AG: Oh well, if you’re conscious of seeing what you can get away with, that’s another matter, but here, I think, it was the first attempt at writing a “list poem”, (in which the “you” and “like” … Read More
[The conclusion of Gary Snyder’s “Myths & Texts Part III – Burning” opposite the opening of Edward Marshall’s “Leave The Word Alone” in The New American Poetry (1945-1960), Evergreen/Grove Press, 1960 – edited by Donald M Allen – Marshall and his poem were omitted from the revised edition of this book subsequent published as The Postmoderns, 1994]
Poet, Ted Berrigan is sitting in on Allen’s class and he chimes in
Ted Berrigan: Well, Allen, there he (Edward Marshall)’s using the word “they” (“they are/ dangerous”)…
TB: …to refer to “word”, “Bible” and “barbed wire”…