[“Rarely, Rarely, Comest Thou Spirit of Delight (Portrait of Keats and Shelley)”- Gregory Corso, c.1994, (31 1/2″ x 35″), oil on canvas (originally collection of Allen Ginsberg)]
AG: Those who studied with me before or who have worked with me before this may be repeating some matter. Has anybody here read Shelley’s “Adonais”? Can you raise your hand? Has anybody here not ever heard of it? Raise your hand if you haven’t. Come on, you never heard of it there. So (raise your hand). You never heard of it, did you? Okay, so you can raise your hand … Read More
AG: More breath would be in (Percy Bysshe) Shelley. See, now, spirit.. divagating a little.. the reason that’s interesting (meditation poetics) is poetry is vocalized. The vocalization is out on the breath. So, in any case, we’re going to be dealing with the out-breath, one kind of out-breath or another – whether a silent out-breath or an out-breath full of vowels and consonants. An out-breath full of vibrations or (whatever) We’ve still got to recognize the breath as the ultimate spirit of poetry and breath is spirit. Spirit – spiritus. Latin. What is spiritus?