Tuli Kupferberg

Mike Hennessey picks five PennSound recordings

PennSound podcast #54

Michael S. Hennessey

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Michael Hennessey, one of the founding participants of the PennSound archive, and now its editor, stopped by the Wexler Studio of the Kelly Writers House a few months back. He and Al Filreis played and discussed five recordings Mike chose from among the tens of thousands of recordings available in the archive: Bernadette Mayer, “Chocolate Poetry Sonnet”: LINK; Allen Ginsberg, “After Lalon”: LINK; Lew Welch, “A Round of English”: LINK; Harryette Mullen, “Sleeping with the Dictionary”: LINK; and Tuli Kupferberg, “The Hidden Dissuaders”: LINK.

Tuli Kupferberg, '1001 Ways to Beat the Draft'

In 1966, Tuli Kupferberg released the marvelous LP No Deposit / No Return and a long poem called 1001 Ways to Beat the Draft,  written with Robert Bashlow. 1001 Ways to Beat the Draft is one of the great long poems of the New American (and "Beat") poetry --  and perhaps the quintessential 60's anti-war poem, though it is hardly known at all and as far as I know not recognized as a poem.  But it is one and a great one. The full poem (66 pp.) is on-line  via Haathi Trust digital library's anarchism pamphlets.

Tuli Kupferberg

"in the war betwen flesh & paper"

I picked up a copy of Tuli Kupferberg's The Book of the Body (1966). Tuli K. was an American counterculture poet, author, cartoonist, pacifist anarchist, publisher and, famously, co-founder of the band The Fugs. On the back jacket: "In the war between flesh & paper paper made out of flesh wins every time."

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