AG: "(H)igh school French spoken in a loud voice?/Parsley in a glass,/still and shining,/brings me back."
- He's spaced out, spaced in, spaced out, come back. "I take a drink/and yawn deliciously/I am ready for bed"
- "Yawn(ed) deliciously" - He appreciated it all.
Well, I would categorize that, classify that in Buddhist terms, (as) the extension of samatha - concentration, calming, tranquilization of mind, emptying of mind, then the extension of awareness, at that point, out into noticing, or insight into detail. And the noticing of the luminosity and precision of forms, sounds, and smells existent Traditionally, that's supposed to be the progression, that if you do calm your mind and focus and concentrate it, and get it stabilized in one spot, there is slowly a kind of creeping awareness that rises as things from the outside present themselves to your inattention. You're not attending to something outside, (you're not attending to "the murmurous background of the crowded opera", you're just there in the room. And so that anything that happens in the room, or anything you see, will have its own, will present its own, form, will speak for itself to you (you won't have to speak for it - it'll speak for itself or present itself to you). I think there's a phrase in (Franz) Kafka - "comerolling like a little dog to your feet" - the entire universe - if you shut up
[Editorial note: "You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstacy at your feet." ("Es ist nicht notwendig, daß Du aus dem Haus gehst. Bleib bei Deinem Tisch und horche. Horche nicht einmal, warte nur. Warte nicht einmal, sei völlig still und allein. Anbieten wird sich Dir die Welt zur Entlarvung, sie kann nicht anders, verzückt wird sie sich vor Dir winden.") - Kafka - Aphorismen (1918)]
[Allen continues with section eleven] "Who knows the Palisades as I do/ knows the river breaks east from them/above the city--but they continue south" - Do you know this landscape? It looks like river's coming down from heaven, actually - "Who knows the Palisades as I do/ knows the river breaks east from them/above the city - but they continue south/- under the sky - to bear a crust of/ little peering houses that brighten with dawn behind the moody/ water-loving giants of Manhattan." [and section thirteen] - "Work hard all your young days/ and they'll find you too, some morning/staring up under/you chiffonier" - " "Chiffonier"? -- do you know what that is? That's a bureau where you keep your clothes, French bureau, elevated up on little legs in the bedroom., the clothes..dresser, clothes dresser - "Work hard all your young days/and they'll find you too, some morning/staring up under/ you chiffonier at its warped/ bass-wood bottom and your soul - /out!/- among the little sparrows/ behind the shutter." - [and, finally, section fifteen] - "All this - /was for you, old woman./ I wanted to write a poem/ that you would understand./ For what good is it to me/ if you can't understand it?/ But you got to try hard-/ But- / Well, you know how/ the young girls run giggling on Park Avenue after dark/ when they ought to be home in bed?/ Well, / that's the way it is with me somehow."
I'll continue with Williams and Vipassina. That will be a third of our course - (William Carlos) Williams and (Charles) Reznikoff Vipassina - that's one theme, until that grounding is very firm and clear for everybody as a reference point, or grounding. Then we'll be going on to other conscious poetries, starting with that point in space of the breath passing in and out of the nose. Extending outward to the faucet. Extending further outward in space to many, many details. The program then will be to work up Whitman, extending his empathy or his attention all the way out to the end of space. That will be the Mahayana style. And then, after that, a rebound back into energetic ignorance back into the body and energetic ignorance coming back from all this consideration of deep space, dropping that whole thing, and coming back to where we are. That will be the Vajrayana.
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