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Clark Coolidge: Poetry Reading at the Naropa Institute, 1980

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 46 min
Event Type: Spoken Word Program Origin: KPFA

A poetry reading by Clark Coolidge given at the Naropa Institute in Boulder Colorado, on July 2, 1980. Coolidge, was perhaps more than any other person, responsible for inspiring the entire experimental field of Language Poetry, which became popular among avant-garde, mostly American poets, during the 1960s and 70s. This type of poetry was partially inspired by the work of Gertrude Stein, John Cage and others who sometimes used mathematical sequences and other aleatoric or logical constructs to organize their poetry or music. The work of the Language Poets often forced the audience to participate in the extraction or creation of meaning from the text, separate from the authors intent. The introduction to this reading appears to be given by Allen Ginsberg.

Note: Possible vulgar language

Musical Selections:  Thought to be said, impossible and pronounced -- Your overcoats too long for a song -- The height of the church the thought of who's missing -- The constructions in the mountains -- Lifelikeness -- HPL -- Lightness -- Benchmarks -- Of quartz, once dropped
Genre:  Poetry
Subject:  Coolidge, Clark, 1939-; Poetry
People:  Coolidge, Clark, 1939-
Recording Date:  7/2/1980
 
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