V. BALLING BUDDHABy Sarah Watson
Taking part in Ugo Rondinone: I ♥ John Giorno means collaborating on a celebration of life, love, creativity, and compassion.
VERSES COMMEMORATING THE GREAT POET JOHN GIORNO YESHE DORJEBy Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal
Your marvelous birth took place in North America.
EMPTIED OUTBy Dodie Bellamy
American Buddhism irritates me. I think of lecherous rinpoches; I think of high school gymnasiums packed with cross-legged bourgeoisies chuckling with Pema Chödrön over shared foibles.
LIBERATIONBy Marcus Boon
I remember visiting John on the Bowery when our son Jesse was about one year old. Jesse was crying and Christie had him in her arms and was comforting him saying, “it’s alright … it’s alright.” John turned to us and said “It’s not alright. And it’s never going to be alright.”
AIDS TREATMENT PROJECTBy Kevin Killian
John Giorno’s Subduing Demons in America: Selected Poems 1962–2007, ably edited by Marcus Boon, first allowed me a chance to grasp the whole nettle of Giorno’s career in poetry—its shape, its energy, its paideuma, as Pound (following Frobenius), used the word.