Ode To Gravity:
The Dial-A-Poem Poets

Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 123 min
Event Type: Spoken Word Program Origin: KPFA

Amirkhanian introduces a program of poetry from the Dial-A-Poem exhibits organized by John Giorno at the Museum of Modern Art and other spaces. These poems were originally available to the general public via a special telephone number from the The Architectural League of New York. However due to some of the adult content contained in certain pieces the project was threatened with lawsuit’s from concerned, conservative parents and the telephone number was eventually disconnected. John Giorno then turned to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City as a venue for his collaborative project. However the radical political content of many of the works caused a great deal of concern and despite strong support from the then current director, the show was eventually pulled. The show then moved to a number of different venues and many of the poems have since been published as an audio recording. Poems heard on this program include works by John Cage, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Emmett Williams, Ed Sanders, Taylor Mead, Jim Carroll, Aram Saroyan, Anne Waldman, Bobby Seale, and many others.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Vajra Mantra / Allen Ginsberg -- Revolutionary Letters Nos. 7, 13, 16, 49 / Diana De Prima -- The Wild Boys [excerpt] / William S. Burroughs -- Pressure / Anne Waldman -- Holy City / Anne Waldman -- Vajra Kisses / John Giorno -- Ode to Joy / Frank O'Hara -- To Hell With It / Frank O'Hara -- I Remember [excerpt] / Joe Brainard -- Small Inventions: Suite V (plurals) secanate, Suite IV / Clark Coolidge -- The Basketball Diaries [excerpt] / Jim Carroll -- Mushroom Haiku / John Cage -- Silence [excerpt] / John Cage -- These Stories About After the Revolution / Bernadette Mayer -- Geography / Michael Brownstein
Genres:  Poetry; Literature
Subject:  Poetry; Literature, Experimental; Cut-ups (Literary form)
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Giorno, John; Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997; Di Prima, Diane; Burroughs, William S., 1914-1997; Waldman, Anne, 1945-; O'Hara, Frank, 1926-1966; Brainard, Joe, 1942-1994; Coolidge, Clark, 1939-; Carroll, Jim; Cage, John; Mayer, Bernadette; Brownstein, Michael, 1943-
Recording Date:  7/18/1973
First Broadcast Date:  7/18/1973
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Dust / Emmet Williams -- Cemetery Hill / Ed Sanders -- Motorcycles / Taylor Mead -- Green Automobile 1953 / Allen Ginsberg -- The Messenger for Allen Ginsberg / Robert Creeley -- I Know a Man / Robert Creeley -- Poems / Harris Schiff -- Kali / Lenore Kandel -- Not a Cricket / Aram Saroyan -- Scenes of Life at the Capital [excerpt] / Philip Whalen -- The Sonnets [excerpt] / Ted Berrigan -- I Am That I Am / Brion Gysin -- The Destruction of America / John Sinclair -- How the Sestina (Yawn) Works / Anne Waldman -- I Will Not Pay Taxes Until / Heathcote Williams -- The Louisiana Weekly No. 1 / David Henderson -- Ruckus Poem Part 1 / David Henderson -- Fillmore East speech May 20, 1968 [excerpt] / Bobby Seale -- Fillmore East speech May 20, 1968 [excerpt] / Kathleen Cleaver -- Blake Song: Merrily We Welcome in the Year / Allen Ginsberg
Genres:  Poetry; Literature
Subject:  Poetry; Literature, Experimental; Cut-ups (Literary form); Sound poetry; Poetry -- Readings with music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Giorno, John; Williams, Emmett; Sanders, Ed; Mead, Taylor; Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997; Creeley, Robert, 1926-2005; Schiff, Harris; Kandel, Lenore; Saroyan, Aram; Whalen, Philip; Berrigan, Ted; Gysin, Brion; Sinclair, John, 1941-; Waldman, Anne, 1945-; Williams, Heathcote; Henderson, David, 1942-; Seale, Bobby, 1936-; Cleaver, Kathleen
Recording Date:  7/25/1973
First Broadcast Date:  7/25/1973


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