Allen Ginsberg’s Mind Writing Slogans

Allen Ginsberg

Allen Ginsberg

“First thought is best in Art, second in other matters.” –William Blake
I. GROUND (Situation, or Primary Perception)

    1. “First Thought, Best Thought” –Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche
    2. “Take a friendly attitude toward your thoughts.” –Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche
    3. “The Mind must be loose.” –John Adams
    4. “One perception must immediately and directly lead to a further perception.” –Charles Olson, “Projective Verse”
    5. “My writing is a picture of the mind moving.” –Philip Whalen
    6. Surprise Mind –Allen Ginsberg
    7. “The old pond, a frog jumps in, Kerplunk!” –Basho
    8. “Magic is the total delight (appreciation) of chance” –Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche
    9. “Do I contradict myself?
      Very well, then I contradict myself,
      (I am large. I contain multitudes.)” –Walt Whitman
    10. “…What quality went to form a man of achievement, especially in literature? …Negative capability, that is, when a man is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact & reason.” –John Keats
    11. “Form is never more than an extension of content.” –Robert Creeley to Charles Olson
    12. “Form follows function.” –Frank Lloyd Wright
    13. Ordinary Mind includes eternal perceptions. –A.G.
    14. “Nothing is better for being Eternal
      Nor so white as the white that dies of a day.” –Louis Zukofsky
    15. Notice what you notice. –A.G.
    16. Catch yourself thinking. –A.G.
    17. Observe what’s vivid. –A.G.
    18. Vividness is self-selecting. –A.G.
    19. “Spots of Time” –William Wordsworth
    20. If we don’t show anyone we’re free to write anything. –A.G.
    21. “My mind is open to itself.” –Gelek Rinpoche
    22. “Each on his bed spoke to himself alone, making no sound.” –Charles Reznikoff

II. PATH (Method or Recognition)

    1. “No ideas but in things.” “…No ideas but in the Facts.” –William Carlos Williams
    2. “Close to the nose.” –W.C.Williams
    3. “Sight is where the eye hits.” –Louis Zukofsky
    4. “Clamp the mind down on objects.” –W.C.Williams
    5. “Direct treatment of the thing…” (or object.)” –E.Pound, 1912
    6. “Presentation, not reference…” –Ezra Pound
    7. “Give me a for instance.” –Vernacular
    8. “Show not tell.” –Vernacular
    9. “The natural object is always the adequate symbol.” –Ezra Pound
    10. “Things are symbols of themselves.” –Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche
    11. “Labor well the minute particulars, take care of the little ones
      He who would do good for another must do it in minute particulars
      General Good is the plea of the Scoundrel Hypocrite and Flatterer
      For Art & Science cannot exist but in minutely organized particulars” –William Blake
    12. “And being old she put a skin/On everything she said.” –W.B.Yeats
    13. “Don’t think of words when you stop but to see the picture better.” –Jack Kerouac
    14. “Details are the Life of Prose.” –Jack Kerouac
    15. Intense fragments of spoken idiom, best. –A.G.
    16. “Economy of Words” –Ezra Pound
    17. “Tailoring” –Gregory Corso
    18. Maximum information, minimum number of syllables. –A.G.
    19. Syntax condensed, sound is solid. –A.G.
    20. Savor vowels, appreciate consonants. –A.G.
    21. “Compose in the sequence of the musical phrase, not in sequence of a metronome.” –Ezra Pound
    22. “…awareness…of the tone leading of the vowels.” –Ezra Pound
    23. “…an attempt to approximate classical quantitative meters…” –Ezra Pound
    24. “Lower limit speech, upper limit song” –Louis Zukofsky
    25. “Phanopoeia, Melopoeia, Logopoeia.” –Ezra Pound
    26. “Sight, Sound & Intellect.” –Louis Zukofsky
    27. “Only emotion objectified endures.” — Louis Zukofsky

III. FRUITION (Result or Appreciation)

  1. Spiritus = Breathing = Inspiration = Unobstructed Breath
  2. “Alone with the Alone” –Plotinus
  3. Sunyata (Skt.) = Ku (Japanese) = Emptiness
  4. “What’s the sound of one hand clapping?” –Zen Koan
  5. “What’s the face you had before you were born?” –Zen Koan
  6. Vipassana (Skt.) = Clear Seeing
  7. “Stop the world” –Carlos Casteneda
  8. “The purpose of art is to stop time.” –Bob Dylan
  9. “The unspeakable visions of the individual.” –J.K.
  10. “I’m going to try speaking some reckless words, and I want you to try to listen recklessly.” –Chuang Tzu, (Tr. Burton Watson)
  11. “Candor” –Whitman
  12. “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” –Shakespeare
  13. “Contact” –A Magazine, Nathaniel West & W.C. Williams, Eds.
  14. “God Appears & God is Light
    To those poor Souls who dwell in Night
    But does a Human Form Display
    To those who Dwell in Realms of day.” –W. Blake
  15. Subject is known by what she sees. –A.G.
  16. Others can measure their visions by what we see. –A.G.
  17. Candor ends paranoia. –A.G.
  18. “Willingness to be Fool.” –Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche
  19. “day & night/you’re all right” –Corso
  20. Tyger: “Humility is Beatness.” –Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche & A.G.
  21. Lion: “Surprise Mind” –Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche & A.G.
  22. Garuda: “Crazy Wisdom Outrageousness” –Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche
  23. Dragon: “Unborn Inscrutability” –Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche
  24. “To be men not destroyers” –Ezra Pound
  25. “Speech synchronizes mind & body.” –Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche
  26. “The Emperor unites Heaven & Earth.” –Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche
  27. “Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.” –Shelley
  28. “Make it new” –Ezra Pound
  29. “When the mode of music changes, the walls of the city shake” –Plato
  30. “Every third thought shall be my grave” –W. Shakespeare, “The Tempest”
  31. “That in black ink my love may still shine bright” –W. Shakespeare, Sonnets
  32. “Only emotion endures” –Ezra Pound
  33. “Well while I’m here I’ll
    do the work–
    and what’s the Work?
    To ease the pain of living.
    Everything else, drunken
    dumbshow.” –A.G.
  34. “…Kindness, sweetest
    of the small notesin the world’s ache,
    most modest & gentle
    of the elementsentered man before history
    and became his daily
    connection, let no man

    tell you otherwise.” –Carl Rakosi

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