More from the about-to-be-recycled old notes from my MFA. I found this to be hilarious, though methinks it may not be funny to anyone else who didn’t experience the aged neo-Beats of the Naropa writing faculty. As far as I can ascertain, Anne is Anne Waldman, Andrew is Andrew Schelling, Andrei is Andrei Codrescu, Anselm is the late great Anselm Hollo (who now infamously called my work “determinedly derivative”), Reed is Reed Bye, then department chair, and I don’t recall who Ronnie or Tyler would have been. I think they were students/friends, which makes me feel awful that I don’t remember them. Anyone who was there, chime in in the comments. Anyone named STUDENT were all different people. The rest have both first and last names. Also: I really really hope nobody gets offended by this. But, it was my dramatic impression, that hot summer afternoon, of Colloquium #3. I don’t have it down, here, whether it was 1999 or 2000, but was one or the other. Also: go google all these names, kids, and get some real good reading added to your list…
ANNE: Blah blah blah…
ANNE: blah blah blah…
KATHY KUEHN: it’s wonderful to be here, working with you guys. It sort of spiralled from there
ANSELM BERRIGAN: (trying to look very wise) …
BRIAN EVENSON: (stares at the ceiling)
STUDENT: each shoe is a dream.
ANNE: that was wonderful…blah…
me and Monaco making observations together. Around this same time.
ANDREW: look where we are now.
STUDENT: c’mon c’mon c’mon
ANSELM: (stares at the ceiling)
REED: (smiles sweetly)
STUDENT: Fat chance
KAREN YAMASHITA: took a lot of notes, I don’t know what everyone did
NORMA COLE: This is a translation: I do love banana split
STUDENT: Blah blah blah…
ANNE: (stares into space)
TYLER: Blah blah blah…God forbid you can become complacent, so
RONNIE: bad boy bad boy
BRIAN EVENSON: It was a class on madness??
SIMONE FATTAL: Makes me want to clear my throat…
(then, underneath, I have a note which apparently is a term coined by C. Davis [whoever that is]: Techgnosis. hmmm, fascinating…)