Monday, October 21, 2013
McClure & DiPrima
[Michael McClure and Diane Di Prima in 1997 in San Framcisco "Remembering The Summer of Love"]
Following up from yesterday's post (on Michael McClure's birthday), here's two great San Franciscans, Michael and the beloved Diane di Prima (for more on Diane's current health crisis - see here), reading on the 30th Anniversary of 1967, the fabled "Summer of Love".
Michael begins with a brief haiku - "NOTH/ING/NESS/OF/Intelligence;/silver/sunlight/ through/ closed/ eyelids".
Diane reads a poem for Timothy Leary and then follows it with her elegy to Allen - "Allen Ginsberg - A Moment of Grieving" - "Allen's face stares up at me from a dozen newspapers.."
She concludes, reading a "rant" from the on-going "Revolutionary Letters". ("The only war that matters is the war against the Imagination/All other wars are subsumed in it") - and Michael takes her up on that in his reading, "Poem Beginning with A Line By Di Prima", "The only war that matters is the war against the Imagination".