Giorno Poetry Systems: the dial-a-poem-poets

I was over at the Outlaw Poetry and Free Jazz Network this evening and came across this absolute gem… they have posted the complete audio of the first dial-a-poem-poets album (complete with that warm vinyl crackle) released by John Giorno in 1972. The album features poetry and experimental writing by legends such as Frank O’Hara, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, John Cage, Jim Carroll, Robert Creeley, Diane Di Prima and Philip Whalen. This is seriously transcendental stuff and very hard to get your hands/ears on the actual item, so it is great to be able to hear this amazing body of work.

This post also lead me to the UbuWeb Sound page, where you can download the complete Giorno Poetry Systems catalogue. For me this was like finding pirate treasure… all 12 albums waiting for you to unlock their mysteries…

I hope this provides you all with hours of literary kicks.

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7 responses to “Giorno Poetry Systems: the dial-a-poem-poets

  1. thank you graham for this wonderful treasure to open the mind, soul and little note book…

  2. Wow! What a find. I will downlaod it as soon as I get home. The whole Outlaw Poetry Site is very cool. I subscribed. How long til April?

    • gnunn

      Oh yeah, I was buzing when I came across it. How long til April… too long Paul. SpeedPoets kicks off in March so hope to catch up there…

  3. awesome, thanks, Graham! that’d be an amazing idea for a online/digital project now-a-days too. or even a ‘classic’ cd!

    • gnunn

      Ideas like this are timeless… have you ever checked out the collection Verses That Hurt? It is a similar project, and definitely worth the read.

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