Monday, February 1, 2010

Beat Shiver Tick & Shake

I've been doing a lot of research on The Beat poets of the 50's for a project I'm working on and found two things that I thought related- one from Tamar Rogoff the other by Jack Kerouack. Both of these fell out of a notebook I was looking in. The other day Tamar was talking about how she choreographs: how 80% of the piece comes to her almost immediately, and the remaining 20% reveals itself slowly to her over the process. Both of these pieces reveal something about the artistic process and I just wanted to share.

Belief & Technique For Modern Prose
Jack Kerouack

1. Scribbled secret notebooks, and wild typewritten pages, for yr own joy
2. Submissive to everything, open, listening
3. Try never get drunk outside yr own house
4. Be in love with yr life.
5. Something that you feel will find its form
6. Be crazy dumbsaint of the mind
7. Blow as deep as you want to blow
8. Write what you want bottomless from bottom of the mind
9. The unspeakable visions of the individual
10. No time for poetry but exactly what is
11. Visionary tics shivering in the chest
12. In tranced fixation dreaming upon object before you
13. Remove literary, grammatical and syntactical inhibition
14. Like Proust be an old tea head of time
15. Telling the true story of the world in interior monologue
16. The jewel center of interest is the eye within the eye
17. Write in recollection and amazement for yourself
18. Work from pithy middle eye out, swimming in language sea
19. Accept loss forever
20. Believe in the holy contour of life
21. Struggle to sketch the flow that already exists intact in mind
22. Don't think of words when you stop but to see picture better
23. Keep track of every day the date emblazoned in yr morning
24. No fear or shame in the quality of yr experience, language and knowledge
25. Write for the world to read and see yr exact pictures of it
26. Bookmovie is the movie in words, the visual American form
27. In Praise of Character in the Bleak inhuman Loneliness
28. Composing wild, undisciplined, pure coming in from under crazier the better
29. You're a Genius all the time
30. Writer-Director of Earthly movies Sponsored and Angeled in Heaven

Directions for the pas de deux between Ballerina and Dr. A
By Tamar Rogoff

1. Sitz bones over heels
2. Use your breath
3. Elbows lifted
4. Relax your face
5. Shoulder blades wide
6. Offer you hand
7. Wait for her
8. Whole body forward
9. Catch
10. Keep her on point
11. Give her space
12. Give her support
13. Allow her forward
14. Help her up gentley
15. Look her in the eye
16. Breathe
17. Breathe
18. Think up to go Down
19. Let her come to you
20. Keep arms in their sockets
21. Strong arm/ become the bar
22. Sternum to Sternum
23. Not to close
24. Release to her waist
25. Above the tutu
26. One and a quarter
27. Breathe
28. Breathe
29. Think up to go down
30. Keep your eyes on her
31. Good job, you’ve got it now
32. You’re ready
33. go

1 comment:

  1. 4. Be in love with yr life.
    28. Composing wild, undisciplined, pure coming in from under crazier the better
    29. You're a Genius all the time

    29. Think up to go down

    Favorites. Wonderful post.