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He was warned repeatedly that some of his former associates were plotting to kill him, and on February 22, three men shot him to death as he gave a speech in the Harlem Ballroom. The test was to peak on the evening of Oct. The Grateful Dead performed. California Legislature outlaws sale and possession of LSD.
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Jon Hendricks was master of ceremonies. In GP 3, Hejinian, discussing her work Writing Is an Aid to Memory and its radical exploration of the intersection between writing and reminiscence, does something similar, proffering a sense of composition as actively phenomenological:. I wanted to test [writing] as a medium for thinking, that is, for putting things together, in acts of productive invention and heuristic synthesis.
The writing I was proposing was not being marshaled as a cure for forgetfulness … My motives in composing Writing Is an Aid to Memory were contrary to those of reminiscence; the work is neither anecdotal nor diaristic. I was aiming for something encyclopedic; I was interested in epistemology: in consciousness, in knowledge, in the ways that knowledge is organized and structured.
A polymath in a contemporary sense — Mandel has been a serial technology entrepreneur, consultant, and thought-leader for more than twenty years — he clearly has much to offer. Besides creating and maintaining the Grand Piano website, his literary contributions to the series including his amusing observations of the various heights of his colleagues in GP 3 make one eager to read more, including his poetry volume To the Cognoscenti. Hejinian, Perelman, Silliman, and Watten, although already enjoying distinguished reputations as essayists, provide a number of key contributions to The Grand Piano.
Perelman and Silliman, too, prove very capable, and sometimes outstanding, essayists once again. His absence, then, from the Berkeley reading speaks volumes. Perelman, interestingly, appears to write more in code than his fellow pianists; his essays, laden with clever allusion, ironic superimposition and occasional professorial in-joke, work more in the realm of implication than explicitness.
Grand Piano authors at reading in Detroit, Watten, as previously noted, has sung the praises of part 5, but the volumes which succeed it, in particular parts 7, 8, and X, are arguably the strongest in the series, both in terms of the range of topics covered and the depth and insight of analysis. Yet, alone among this assembly of innovative poets and scholars, part 7 has as its epigraph some pedagogical language chosen by Mandel from beyond the field of letters: an oft-cited quotation from the Vienna-born and later Los Angeles-based composer Arnold Schoenberg. But the pianists appear to read it differently, as a statement of rich artistic possibility, irrespective of formal constraint, and his words prompt some outstanding writing from these writers on music-language relations.
In GP 7 we learn that music, far from merely an auxiliary interest, has played a pivotal role in many of the lives of the pianists, and deeply informed their poetics. Robinson sang and played guitar with friends at university, listened to Davis, Eric Dolphy, Thelonious Monk, and other jazz luminaries in his early adulthood, and today plays Cuban tres guitar in a salsa band called Bahia Son. Among many interesting details, we learn that she and Ochs had, in fact — despite years of avoiding music-text collaborations on the basis that the two art forms, when superimposed, compete with rather than complement one another — actually performed together before: at the Blue Dolphin in , as part of an ensemble known as the Northern Fictions Consort.
Pearson is arguably the most formally trained in music of the pianists, having studied liturgical and instrumental music with Harvey Samuels, Modesto Brisano, Lee Konitz, and others in the early s prior to committing full-time to poetry. The Grand Piano , in fact,contains many such insights. It is an immensely satisfying body of work which, if not uniformly consistent in quality throughout its breadth, nevertheless manages to convince the reader that the project has been not only worthwhile, but entirely necessary for our understanding of this dynamic moment in American letters.
Rather than put off readers with inflated statements about their own accomplishments, the pianists succeed, on the whole, in doing otherwise. They remain faithful to or at least reconstitute their original spirit of self-effacing subversiveness while providing valuable, and uniquely personal, insights into their poetics.
So where to now for The Grand Piano? My response to the first claim would be, most certainly, yes; to the second, only time will tell. In the meantime, though, readers and scholars — even those historically disposed against Language writing — could do much worse than read The Grand Piano from cover to cover, and judge it purely and solely on its merits. They will find surprise in abundance. Hereafter GP. Harryman, in GP 6, clarifies the formal relationship between her compositions both written and, on occasions, in live performance and experimental music.
Paul Buhle, Jayne Cortez et al. Here, in the first no. His feud with Jack Spicer is well documented. I wonder what one wins in these poetry wars? Daily life with acolytes? For more on the relationship between Duncan and Levertov, see Robert J. Bertholf and Albert Gelpi, eds. There weren't any then; there was no place to get quality pocket books. At the time, a few publishers were just beginning to experiment with mass-market paperback books.
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