Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Manhattan Poetry Video Project 1984



Rose Lesniak's Manhattan Poetry Video Project, from 1984 (three poetry-videos, Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, and Bob Holman) was, unquestionably, pioneering in its time. This was a good decade-and-more before the United States of Poetry, and the subsequent rise and development of now-ubiquitous video technology (a good two-decades-and-more before, even, the baby-steps of You Tube!)
Allen's contribution, reading "Father Death Blues", is particularly poignant, because the film shoot was on Ellis Island (the old Ellis Island, before it had been refurbished and given its $156 million make-over/restoration)
"Father Death, Don't cry any more/Mama's there, underneath the floor/ Brother Death, please mind the store.." 

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