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Dakini Software by John Giorno

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 14 min
Event Type: Spoken Word Program Origin: KPFA

Recorded at St. Marks Church in New York City on November 8, 1972, John Giorno presents a lengthy excerpt from his poem “Dakini Software.” Giorno is well known for his provocative sound and performance poetry that blends a bohemian sensibility, radical sexual politics, and spiritual practice. All these elements are featured in this echo-laden rendition of “Dakini Software,” which mixes the metaphors of a female, tantric and Tibetan Buddhist deity, or embodiment of enlightened energy, with the concept of computerized instructions to impart the idea of what has been called “brainwashing based on Eastern wisdom.”

Musical Selections:  Dakini Software [excerpt, a poem] (13:11) / John Giorno
Performers:  John Giorno, speaker
Genre:  Poetry
Subject:  Poetry
People:  Giorno, John
Recording Date:  11/8/1972
 
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