ModPo week 6 – here come the Beats
It’s week 6 of ModPo 2019! Time for the Beat poets!
The main week 6 syllabus features the writings of Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Anne Waldman, Bob Kaufman, Amiri Baraka, Robert Creeley, and Jayne Cortez. Variously these poems are lively, antic, visionary, jazz-inspired, boundary-breaking, list-y and parallelistic, expansive.
HERE is a 34-minute audio introduction to the week.
This week our live webcast will take place on Wednesday at noon. We are excited that the great poet and teacher Douglas Kearney will be joining us at the Writers House for the day on Wednesday—and will be with us at the table during our webcast! We are all big Doug Kearney fans. And we know you will enjoy his presence too. Plan to tune in!
Below is a selection of poems and videos from ModPoPLUS for week 6.
A WEEK 6 SAMPLER FROM ModPoPLUS:
read Frank Lima’s “Plena”: LINK TO TEXT
watch poet Jake Marmer perform Lima’s “Plena”: LINK TO VIDEO [OFFSITE COPY]
watch discussion of Frank Lima’s “Plena”: LINK TO VIDEO
watch as Al interviews people at City Lights Bookstore about Lima’s “Plena”: LINK TO VIDEO [OFFSITE COPY]
read Elise Cowen’s “Emily”: LINK TO TEXT
read Elise Cowen’s “Emily White Witch of Amherst”: LINK TO TEXT
read two poems from Bob Kaufman’s Abomunist Manifesto: LINK TO TEXT
watch video on Kaufman’s Abomunist Manifesto (filmed on Bob Kaufman Street in San Francisco): LINK TO VIDEO [OFFSITE COPY]
read Philip Whalen’s “Life at Bolinas. The Last of California”: LINK TO TEXT
watch discussion of Whalen’s “Life at Bolinas” with Joanne Kyger & others: LINK TO VIDEO (54 mins.) [OFFSITE COPY]
read Jerome Rothenberg’s “A Paradise of Poets”: LINK TO TEXT
watch discussion of Rothenberg’s “A Paradise of Poets”: LINK TO VIDEO
read Gary Snyder’s “What You Should Know to Be a Poet”: LINK TO TEXT
watch discussion of Snyder’s “What You Should Know”: LINK TO VIDEO