Kerouac’s Idea of Visions
September 6, 2017
AG:   …the silence of dusk.. and.. the lights going on in the courtyard. See, it was the signal of the lights going on in the courtyard that made.. that locked it in that it was dusk.  That’s why it’s[…]
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[…]
Meditation and Poetics – 93 – Haiku – 6 (More Haiku)
May 19, 2015
AG: So this is obviously one proceeding from meditative state, now. “Rain at Night” A cricket chirps and is silent                                           the guttering lamp sinks and flares up again                Outside the window, evening rain is heard                   It’s the banana plant[…]
Meditation and Poetics – 59 (Whitman 2)
March 10, 2015
AG: So (to) get right into Song of Myself”, and I’ll do as much of it as we can (in an hour) So he begins –  as we had in (William Carlos) Williams   – “Who shall say I’m not the[…]
Spontaneous Poetics – 115 (Wordsworth – 1)
September 8, 2013
AG: …with (William) Wordsworth, we have a funny, odd, different adaptation. Wordsworth   also had a pantheistic vision of the universe. So I’ll just present one longish[…]
Spontaneous Poetics – 123 (Wordsworth – 8)
August 26, 2013
Why don’t I just go through a few little fragments of not-very-well-known poems by Wordsworth, from “Poems of the Imagination”. (I’ll) just pick out a few lines here and there which give a little haiku-like, or direct, perception, examples of direct perceptual.. examples of the activity of his mind.[…]
Spontaneous Poetics – 122 (Wordsworth – 7)
August 22, 2013
There’s the famous nostalgic “Ode on Intimations Of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood”, which I read to my father, several months ago, on his death-bed – and his comment – it was[…]
Spontaneous Poetics – 121 (Whitman and Wordsworth Comparison)
August 21, 2013
There’s an odd “personism” (like in late Frank O’Hara) that you get in Whitman (or Whitman established the personalist, which sustained him. In other words, he was dealing in direct phenomena, observation of his own nature and his own senses and his own thoughts and the thought-forms of his mind, whereas there[…]
Spontaneous Poetics – 119 (Wordsworth – 6)
August 16, 2013
Allen’s Spontaneous and Improvised Poetics Naropa lectures of the summer of 1976 pick up again on August 4th, 1976 AG: I want to continue a little bit more with Wordsworth, because what I did was leave him with disillusionment with the French Revolution. (I left him) with his troubles,[…]