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The Naropa University Archive Project is preserving and providing access to over 5000 hours of recordings made at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. The library was developed under the auspices of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics (the university's Department of Writing and Poetics) founded in 1974 by poets Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg. It contains readings, lectures, performances, seminars, panels and workshops conducted at Naropa by many of the leading figures of the U....



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Second half of a class from Anne Waldman's month-long series on female writers, "Some Women Writers," during the summer of 1977. This class is a brief history of female writers in Greece with a focus on Sappho. Sappho's poems are read in Greek as well as in translation. Sappho's life and work are discussed. (Continued from 77p66.)
Topics: New American Poetry, New York School, women poets, feminist poetry, spiritualism and literature
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by Burroughs, William S.; Ginsberg, Allen; Waldman, Anne
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Second half of a class by William S. Burroughs on the technology and the ethics of wishing. This half contains additional commentary by Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg. Included is a question and answer session that covers the space shuttle Challenger explosion, lucid dreaming, yoga, feminine energy, DNA, the Dalai Lama, and music. Waldman also discusses the ego, rituals, science and why questions, death, birth, mortality, and the bodhisattva. (Continued from 86p001.) Keywords: beat movement,...
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by Ginsberg, Allen
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This is a class on Shakespeare's Tempest, taught by Allen Ginsberg, from August 20, 1980 at Naropa. At the outset, Ginsberg explains that instead of reading the whole play through, he will touch on important lines in each Act and scene and explore them deeply. In this recording he discusses Act IV scenes 1 through 3 with various digressions and explications on Shakespeare's metaphores and quotes from Elizabethan poets, Calderon's La Vida Es Sueno and Henry King's image of a bubble. This is...
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by Smith, Harry
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A very short excerpt of Harry Smith talking about slam dancing, fans and clocks, and pinhole cameras,
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by Hawkins, Bobbie Louise
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Bobbie Louise Hawkins presents a lecture on the life and work of performer Colette.
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Second half of a class with Allen Ginsberg reading and discussing the work of Walt Whitman and William Wordsworth, focusing on their later work. Ginsberg reads examples of Whitman's prose and poems, including "Sands at Seventy," Wordsworth's "Tintern Abbey," and examples of Wordsworth's "bad poetry." Ginsberg also reads and discusses Wordsworth's sonnets in favor of capital punishment, "Sonnets on the Punishment of Death." (Continued from 76p071.)...
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by Bye, Reed; Ginsberg, Allen; Waldman, Anne
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Reed Bye reads pieces including "Life and Death," "Life and Death," and "Simple House," and "To a Prisoner Waiting." Anne Waldman reads pieces including "Stones," "Waiting," and "Animals." Allen Ginsberg reads his "Ode to Failure," a Sapphic poem, and "Classical Bathtub Thoughts" among others. continued from 80P171
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First half of a Jerome Rothenberg class on ethnopoetics and performance, discussing Kurt Schwitters, Ramon Medina Silva, Native American sign language, Cherokee songs, thought poetry, futurists, Dada, Ginsberg, Diamond sutra, Hugo Ball, sound poetry, Bobbie Louise Hawkins, Raoul Hausmann, Navajo songs, Henry Chopin and Howard Norman. Part 2 of a series. (Continued on 81P021B)
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by Moore, Thurston
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Recorded March, 9th, 2006 at the Boulder Theater, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth performs his poetry and music as part of a benifit for Burma Life and La Casa de la Esperanza. For the first half of the recording, Thrurston reads poems from his books, Alabama Wildman, What I like About Feminism and Nice War, the latter two in their entirety. The second half is a set of songs mostly from the Sonic Youth Ep, Rather Ripped (release date, June 2006) including, Lights Out, Incinerate, Sleeping Around,...
Part 1 of an Allen Ginsberg workshop on American value. Ginsberg looks at what a value is, what is of value, and at poetry that addresses these questions. He focuses on the work of artist and poet Marsden Hartley, reading and discussing his poems, including "Three small feathers," "As the buck lay dead," "Albert Ryder, moonlightist," and others. Ginsberg also touches on the work of William Carlos Williams and Ezra Pound....
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by diPrima, Diane; Ginsberg, Allen; Waldman, Anne
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Second half of a reading by Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, and Diane diPrima. Some of the readings included are Ginsberg's "Stay Away from the White House," "Waldman's "Empty Speech" and diPrima reading from "Revolutionary Letters." (Continued from 74p008.)
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First half of a Clark Coolidge class. Coolidge discusses many quotes that inspired him, and discusses writers writing about their own work. The recording ends about twenty minutes into the class.
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by Corso, Gregory; Ginsberg, Allen
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A class on the history of poetry by Allen Ginsberg, in a series of classes from 1975. Ginsburg discusses William Shakespeare and Ben Johnson in detail. Putting poetry to music, and the poet James Shirley are also discussed.
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by Ginsberg, Allen
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Allen Ginsberg concludes a class on "Spiritual Poetics" with a discussion of the difference between good and great poetry, "bodhisattva magnanimity," and magic in Anne Waldman's "Fast-speaking woman." (Continued from 74P002) This is part 3 of 3.
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by Elmslie, Kenward; Taylor, Steven
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Kenward Elmslie and Steven Taylor lecture about writing lyrics and melodies to songs, focusing on their Palais bimbo lounge show album. Elmslie begins with a writing assignment for the class which is a poem in itself. He goes on to talk about how he started writing melodies when he worked as a lyricist. Elmslie reads "At the controls," from his book Tropicalism and talks about how it became a song called "Eggs." Taylor plays the orchestration and sings the song. They also...
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by Hollo, Anselm
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A class taught by Anselm Hollo July 31, 1980 at the Naropa Institute. The series concludes with Hollo and class informally discussing politics and translation. This is part 3 of 3.
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by Ginsberg, Allen
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Tape 3 in an 11 tape series of a class taught by Allen Ginsberg on Expansive Poetics. Subject matter includes some discussion of the Russian Futurists and two short readings by Russian Futurist writers.
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by Baraka, Amiri
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First half of a class by Amiri Baraka on topics including Harlem, modernism, Langston Hughes, black literature, Civil War, abolition, reconstruction, Richard Wright, Black Arts Movement, the beat generation, and underground ideologies. (Continues on 84p004.)
Topics: New American Poetry, New York School, African American literature, poetry and race, Black Arts...
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by Burroughs, William S.
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Second half of a lecture by William S. Burroughs including a tape recorded experiment called "Paranormal Voices," a cut-up experiment of Brion Gysin, experiments with Sommerville, messages from dreams, The Last Words of Dutch Schultz, and phrases of minimal context. Burroughs also discusses Shakespeare, computers, Homer, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, T.S. Eliot, and Carl Jung. Lecture ends with a question and answer session. (Continued from 76p018.) Keywords: beat movement,...
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by Charters, Ann; Ginsberg, Allen
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Author and editor Ann Charters joins Allen Ginsberg for a class focusing on the work and life of Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky. Ginsberg and Charters discuss Mayakovsky's poetry, including "Lenin," "About this," "On the nature of love," "Sergei Yesinin," and "At the top of my voice," his play "The bedbug," his love affairs and his work for, and complicated relationship with, the Communist Party.
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by Ginsberg, Allen
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Second half of an Allen Ginsberg class on his mentor William Carlos Williams. Ginsberg compares the work and influences of Wordsworth, Whitman, and Reznikov, and reads from Williams's "Prelude," "Cambridge in the Alps," "Rain," and others. He gives examples of Williams's writing techniques and relates some of them to the meditative mind. (Continued from 87P013)
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by Baraka, Prevallet, & Richards
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This faculty reading includes Amiri Baraka reading "Somebody Blew Up America" and "The Mind of the President" and talking about his murdered daughter; Kristin Prevallet reading predominantly political pieces such as "Force," "Norm" and "Blueprint for a Revolution"; and Deborah Richards reading "Notes from the Margin," "Some Notes from a Looseleaf War Journal," and "Author's Note." This is part 1 of 2.
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by Cope, David; Rakosi, Carl
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David Cope divers poems ranging from Vietnam, Immigration, and Fishing. Carl Rakosi, an Objectivist poet, draws haunting meditaions on the movement of age and culture.
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by Snyder, Gary
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Gary Snyder leads a class called "Linguistics, Anthropology." Snyder's discussions of indigenous, oral poetic traditions, and his reading of "The Song of the Daughter of the Mountain God," a poem from the oral tradition of the peoples indigenous to Hokaido, Japan, lead him to discuss the basic linguistics of speech.
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by Corso, Gregory
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Class instructed by Gregory Corso entitled Poetry the Container. The class includes Corso reading his works City Child's Day and Mortal Infliction and discussion of student work. This is workshop 1 of 2.
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This is the second part to a class from 88P045. Tape begins with Allen Ginsberg and his class discussing images to create text and cliche and the faults associated with insecurity of self image related to writing. Discussion evolves to mention Whitman's "Song of Myself" and Kerouac and their candid nature and the consequences or beauties associated with recreating reality. The class then moves on to language poets and what they embody with a student reading Stephen Rodefer's...
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Second half of an Allen Ginsberg class on prosody, with Ginsberg discussing the necessity of writing mirroring, or being a good secretary, to one's own mind. Through benevolent, indifferent attention, says Ginsberg, a person's total subjectivity becomes total objectivity. (Continued from 76P052)
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by Waldman, Anne
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First half of an Anne Waldman class on women writers from the summer of 1977. Waldman focuses on the poets Sei Shonagon, Collette, Helen Adam, Denise Levertov, Sylvia Plath, Joanne Kyger, and Bernadette Mayer. Waldman plays several audio cassettes of the poets reading their own work. (Continues on 77P080)
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Andrew Schelling lectures on the relationship between environmentalism and Buddhist philosophy and poetry. He begins with the Jataka stories about the Buddha's previous incarnations, including many stories about the Buddha's kindness to animals. He also discusses the Ramayana, or "first poem" in Indian poetry. Schelling relates Buddhist doctrines and practices involving compassion for animals to the environmental movements in the United States and India, including the Chipko movement...
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by Ginsberg, Allen
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A continuation of a Basic Poetics Class taught by Allen Ginsbergin 1980 at Naropa. In this class Ginsberg covers William Shakespeare's Sonnets. Topics include reading the sonnets as a novel of a love triangle between Shakespear, a young man, and the Dark Lady. Some works discussed and read include Sonnets 20 (the key to the sonnets), 18, 29, 33, 57 (the S and M sonnet), 64, 65, 73, 94, 116, 129, 144, 147, 152, and 153. This is class 16 of 33.
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Part 1 of an Allen Ginsberg workshop on American value. Ginsberg looks at what a value is, what is of value, and at poetry that addresses these questions. He focuses on the work of artist and poet Marsden Hartley, reading and discussing his poems, including "Three small feathers," "As the buck lay dead," "Albert Ryder, moonlightist," and others. Ginsberg also touches on the work of William Carlos Williams and Ezra Pound.
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by Ginsberg, Allen
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The first class in an Allen Ginsberg course on Expansive Poetics. Ginsberg opens the class with a brief history of the topics of courses he has taught in the past. He then explains his expectations for this course and the material he plans to cover in the sourcebook/anthology he is compiling. He then reads Geza Roheim's Children of the desert, Shelley's Hymn to intellectual beauty, Ode to the West Wind and the end of Adonais. The class discusses rhythm and the expansive breath and how it...
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by Ginsberg, Allen; Taylor, Steven; Waldman, Anne
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First half of a performance of music and poetry with Steven Taylor, Anne Waldman, and Allen Ginsberg. Taylor sings "Who pays the piper calls the tune," "King cotton," and others. Waldman's performance includes "Artemis," "Mother's curse," and "Cut." (Continued on 88P018)
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by Ginsberg, Allen
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Second half of an Allen Ginsberg class on writing poetry. He begins by referring to William Carlos Williams's exhortation, "No ideas but in things," comparing it to Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche's statement that "Things are symbols of themselves." He reads from Shakespeare's poetry to illustrate his point. During the lecture, Ginsberg also touches on Haiku, Kerouac, and other topics. (Continued from 84P022)
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Second half of a class on the history of poetry by Allen Ginsberg, from a series of classes during the summer of 1975. Ginsberg discusses the poets William Carlos Williams, Gregory Corso and Jack Kerouac. He includes several personal anecdotes about the poets and reads selections from their works. A class discussion follows. (Continued from 75P020A)
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Literary History of the Beat Generation, Class #13, taught by Allen Ginsberg. Topics covered: Kerouac's sketching in "Book of Dreams" and "Visions of Cody."
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First half of a cross-generational, all woman poetry reading at Naropa University's 2004 Summer Writing Program, including Joanne Kyger and Bobbie Louise-Hawkins reading unpublished poetry. Brenda Coultas reads ghost poems and stories, and Heather Akerberg also contributes a number of selections. (Continues on 04P008)
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by Brown, Rebecca; Delany, Samuel R.; Evenson, Brian; Kapil Rider, Bhanu
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A Panel recorded June 22, 2004 during the Summer Writing Program at Naropa University, on Narrative and Identity, Brian Evenson, Chair. Panelists are Samuel R. "Chip" Delaney, Rebecca Brown, and Bhanu Kapil. Topics cover personal identity vs. narrative identity, writing from the other, experimental narrative and experimental identity, structure and identity, code and catagory in identity, stable and unstable identities and narrative. The Panel is followed with a Q&A.
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by Henderson, David; Mullen, Harryette; Waldman, Anne; Zamora, Daisy
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The opening panel of the Summer Writing Program at Naropa University recorded June 7, 2004. The topic of the panel is Po/Ethics, poetry and ethics. This panel is chaired by Anne Waldman who gives opening remarks on paying attention in our times. The panel features, Jack Collom on Ethics as a practice contrary to nature and the contrast of ethics and morality; Harryette Mullen on the negotiation between the stuggel to be a good human being versus the struggle to be a good artist and the curage...
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First half of a Joy Harjo lecture on Native American women writers. She talks about Native culture, history, oppression, and worldview, and also looks at the riches to be found in Euro-American culture. Harjo reads and discusses works by Native women, including "Why stone does not sing by itself," by Anita Endrezze-danielson, "Story from bear country," by Leslie Marmon Silko, "The strange people," by Louise Erdrich, "The dust will settle," by Luci...
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by Kyger, Joanne; Thomas, Lorenzo
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Joanne Kyger and Lorenzo Thomas readings. Kyger reads "Bolinas fog," "For the San Francisco Zen Center," "An Adonis springtime poem," "From the Jataka Tales," "Narcissus," " Take it o moon on the run," and others. Thomas reads "The leopard," "Cameo in sudden light," "Not gonna take it," "Chased passions," "House of red lights," and others.
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by Whalen, Philip
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A Philip Whalen class on Virginia Woolf. Whalen discusses Woolf's biography, including her death, her journals and letters, and her novels, including To the Lighthouse and The Waves. Whalen also reads and discusses excerpts from Woolf's works.
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by Creeley, Robert
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A class by Robert Creeley on topics including Louis Zukofsky, Charles Bernstein, Mac Low, and Ovid's constant and variant notion of public.
Topics: New American Poetry, Black Mountain School, 20th century poetry, beat movement, objectivist
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by Ginsberg, Allen; McClure, Michael
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Second half of a reading with Allen Ginsberg and Michael McClure, featuring Ginsberg songs "Guru Blues," and "Gospel Noble Truths," a few Ginsberg poems, and two poems by McClure. (Continued from 76p107.)
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Topics: New American Poetry, West Coast poetry, beat movement, music and literature
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by Whalen, Philip
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Second half of Class 2 of "In the Pressure Tank" series held at Naropa Institute between July 23 and August 20, 1980. (The whole series is contained on 80P093-115.) Philip Whalen discusses Wallace Stevens' short poems and the merits and shortcomings of literary biographies, focusing on Hart Crane, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Emily Dickinson, and Jack Kerouac. (Continued from 80p094.)
Topics: New American Poetry, West Coast poetry, Buddhism, symbolism, American Modernist poetry
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First half of an Allen Ginsberg workshop for On the road: The Jack Kerouac conference, sponsored by the Naropa Institute. Ginsberg discusses word choices, vividness, juxtaposition, sound, epics, the concept of "first thought, best thought" and Buddhism. (Continues on 82P316B)
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by Snyder, Gary
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This August 1983 recording is of Gary Snyder reading in Boulder for the first time since 1972. It is a selection of poetry from his new work "Axe Handles." The commentary between poems reflects his interest im Buddhism and his travelling and anthropological experiences. He comments on the inspirations for some of his written works.
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First half of a Peter Lamborn Wilson (aka Hakim Bey) lecture on the temporary autonomous zone, or the pleasures of disappearance. Wilson looks at the ways in which individuals and groups have created alternatives or found refuges from dominant repressive social realities. He gives examples of groups who created islands of autonomy in repressive cultures, such as pirates and colonists who joined the colonized. He also looks at how artists and writers have achieved temporary autonomous zones in...
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by Whalen, Philip
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A class, "Rotating Shakespeare," taught by Philip Whalen at the Naropa Institute August 8, 1980. Whalen continues discussing Pericles and Shakespeare in general. This is part 3 of 3.
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by Sanchez, Sonia; Taylor, Steven; Torres, Edwin; Waldman, Anne; Wellman, Mac
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Opening panel from week four of the 2003 Summer Writing Program. The topic is "Performance and Collaboration." The panel includes Sonia Sanchez, Mac Wellman and Edwin Torres with chair Steven Taylor. Highlights include discussion of the potential of performance and collaboration, Sonia Sanchez on the limiting of labeling performances according to genre and race, Mac Wellman on "the hoax" as a genre of writing, and a discussion of the social responsibility of the poet.
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by Kyger, Joanne; Schelling, Andrew; Warshall, Peter; Wilson, Peter Lamborn
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First half of a panel on Dharma and eco-poetics, chaired by Andrew Schelling at Naropa's Summer Writing program, with Joanne Kyger, Peter Lamborn Wilson, and Peter Warshall. Schelling asks the panel to look at strategies for writers interested in environmental issues. Wilson and Warshall talk about the politics of environmentalism. Kyger points out that ecology begins at home with a "Zen awareness" of the household. The panel ends with a question and answer session. (Continued on...
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by Taylor, Steven
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First half of a Steven Taylor lecture on songs. The class covers music by a wide range of artists from many different times and cultures. Taylor plays and discusses historic musical styles and forms including Greek drinking songs, music of the troubadors, Elizabethan songs, baroque music, counterpoint American blues, Hank Williams, Matthew Arnold's treatise "Dover Beach" set to music by the Fugs, and Tuli Kupferberg. Taylor finishes talking about musical form, the lifespan of...
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by Ginsberg, Allen; Whalen, Philip
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Allen Ginsberg discusses "Aboriginal Poetics": the children's songs, migration songs, and funeral songs of the aboriginal population of Australia. He performs chants with aboriginal songsticks, including one written to protest the Vietnam War. The tape concludes with a reading and discussion of Vachel Lindsay's rhythmic poem "The Congo."
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Topics: New American Poetry, beat movement, incantation, language and culture, preliterate culture, oral...
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by Ginsberg, Allen
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Second half of a class with Allen Ginsberg discussing the convergence of Walt Whitman and William Blake, negative capability, meditation and clear seeing. Click for first half of Ginsberg's class .
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Topics: New American Poetry, beat movement, Buddhism, spirituality and literature
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Second half of a class from Anne Waldman's month-long series on female writers, "Some Women Writers," during the summer of 1977. The entire class is Anne reading selections from Jane Austen's Mansfield Park. (Continued from 77p073.)
Topics: New American Poetry, New York School, women poets, feminist poetry, spiritualism and literature
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by Whalen, Philip
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First half of Class 3 of "In the Pressure Tank" series held at Naropa Institute between July 23 and August 20, 1980. (The whole series is contained on 80P093-115.) Philip Whalen first discusses a poem by Lew Welch, his methods, and the intricacies of lichen. Much of the remaining portion of the lecture is devoted to Hart Crane's "A Pastoral." Whalen also touches on the work of Alan Watts, T. S. Eliot, William Blake, Robert Graves, and Virginia Woolf. (Continues on 80p097.)
Topics: New American Poetry, West Coast poetry, Buddhism, symbolism, American Modernist poetry
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by Whalen, Philip
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First half of Class 10 of "In the Pressure Tank" series held at Naropa Institute between July 23 and August 20, 1980. (The whole series is contained on 80P093-115.) Philip Whalen discusses Hart Crane's poem "The Bridge", continuing the discussion from the previous meeting of the class and focusing on the literary and historical context of the poem. He also looks at the work of Lew Welch. (Continues on 80p110.)
Topics: New American Poetry, West Coast poetry, Buddhism, symbolism, American Modernist poetry
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by Blaser, Robin; Brown, Lee Ann; Ginsberg, Allen; Schelling, Andrew; Taylor, Steven
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First third of an Allen Ginsberg reading of "Pup Tent," "Newt Gingrich," "Skeleton Key," and new words to "Amazing Grace," followed with an introduction by Andrew Schelling of Robin Blaser and Lee Ann Brown reading "Even on Sunday," "Let Down Thy Bars," three versions of "Amazing Grace," "Resistance Play," "A Present Bow
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by Aebi, Irene; Elmslie, Kenward; Lacy, Steve; Owen, Maureen; Patton, Julie; Taylor, Steven; Torres, Edwin; Waldman, Anne; Welish, Marjorie
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A panel on visual arts and performance chaired by Anne Waldman. Panelists Marjorie Welish, Maureen Owen, Edwin Torres, Steve Lacy, Irene Aebi, Kenward Elmslie, Julie Patton, and Steven Taylor make individual statements about the relationships between the creative arts and respond to questions from the audience. The panelists discuss their performance and collaboration work in writing, music, and other art forms. Several panelists place themselves in a historical context, discussing their...
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First half of part 4 of an Allen Ginsberg workshop on American value. Ginsberg discusses the work of William Carlos Williams, including the poems "The trees," "To a friend," and "Poor old Abner." (Continues on 87P086)
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Allen Ginsberg 19th Century Poetics: Wordsworth's "Prelude." This class goes through a series of pieces of Wordsworth's Prelude. This is a very long poem separated into books. AG reads aloud from Books 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10. There is commentary intermittently dispersed through each reading and comparisons of Wordsworth to other authors. In the beginning of the class, there is a long digression on synchronicity, as Book 5 has "Spots of Time" which is a recount of a dream...
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by Ginsberg, Allen
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AG class on 19th Century Poetry, particularly Shelley's "Epipsychidion" and "Triumph of Life." AG relates "Epipsychidion" as an orgasmic poem climaxing at the end. There is much discussion regarding the climactic poem. AG mentions writers like Hart Crane, Herman Melville and Kerouac as emulating the climactic writing. The then digresses into conversation regarding marriage and sex. There is talk about body forms like Michealangelo's "The David" and then...
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An Anne Waldman class, "Poet as Shaman," part 6. Waldman lectures on the work of Jack Spicer, Robert Duncan and John Ashbery. Waldman also discusses dream analysis. (Series continues on 79P036)
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Second half of an Anne Waldman workshop on writing. The class begins with a discussion about what led people to come to the conference. Waldman talks about how she became involved with the Beats and came to Boulder, the founding of Naropa, and Kerouac's influence on the school. She reads and discusses part of an interview with William Carlos Williams, about writing poetry, and selections from Gertrude Stein, Vladimir Mayakovsky, and other poets. Students read their work and Waldman comments and...
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by Coolidge, Clark; Mayer, Bernadette; Scalapino, Leslie
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Clark Coolidge, Bernadette Mayer, and Leslie Scalapino reading of a selection of their own works. The authors also comment on the inspiration, background, and process of their writing.
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by David Rome
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This is a tape of a David Rome lecture on topic: The Fruition of Peacemaking. Rome mostly explores Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche's notion of enlightened society. He also discusses the mandala principle, the tension between the political and the spiritual, activism individually and in community, and "now-ness."
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A reading (tape 2 of 2) held at Naropa University June 6 2003. Robin Blaser concludes the evening of readers that included Elizabeth Robinson and Kenneth Irby. Blaser reads from his books The Holy Forest and Wonders as well as newer work. This is part 2 of 2.
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Sonia Sanchez reads "Middle Passage," "Wounded in the House of a Friend," and others. Talks about peace activism and changing perceptions of it post-9/11, and about her work. This is part 2 of 2.
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Lecture by Andrei Codrescu focusing on writing and publishing, especially as it relates to his experience in Romania. He discusses publishing with a focus on small presses run by writers. The lecture follows Codrescu's personal history, moving to New York in the 1960s where he encountered the mimeograph as a printing press. The talk continues with the end of the mimeograph era and the beginning of the perfect bound printing methods of the 1980s and the electronic printing technology of the...
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Second half of an interview and performance by John Cage. Including a performance of "Empty words" with audience participation. (Continued from A002A)
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by Acker, Kathy; Brownstein, Michael
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First half of a Kathy Acker and Michael Brownstein reading. Brownstein reads a selection of poems, including "Paris Visitation," "Distance Between People," and "Breakdown On Broadway." Kathy Acker selections include "Sex Show." (Continues on 79P097)
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by Kyger, Joanne
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In this class Kyger finishes discussing Burroughs, and students read their papers. Kyger reads Burroughs' poem Thanksgiving Day 11-28-86. John Weiners is introduced with a detailed biography on him and his growing mental illness. Two poems from his Hotel Wentley collection, Poem for record players and Poem for painters, are read aloud by students. Kyger then gives a detailed biography of Bob Kaufman, and reads All those ships that never sailed from his book Ancient rain '56-'76. She also...
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This is the second class in a series given by Joanne Kyger at the Naropa Institute in 1981 entitled Compassion for Place. Kyger looks heavily into Native American storytelling and poetry, focusing mainly on the plethora of Coyote Stories that are told in many different traditions, including here the Achomawi and Okanagan, and also on the works of native poets Jaime de Angulo and Simon Ortiz. This is class 1 of 12.
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by Berssenbrugge, Mei-Mei; Ducornet, Rikki
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Reading at Naropa University, featuring Rikki Ducornet reading from her novel Gazelle and Mei Mei Berssenbrugge reading from Nest and the long poem "Safety." This is part 2 of 2.
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Gregory Bateson lectures on "Orders of Change". While acknowledging the difficulties of speaking about change and stability due to the slippery positioning of the "it" of which one is speaking: "it" as existent thing or as "piece of descriptive material." Bateson distinguishes between levels of change, suggesting that more superficial changes serve the function of protecting deeper propositions. This is lecture 2 in a series of lectures. This is part 2 of...