Harry’s House, Volume 2
This collaborative project arose out of recordings done at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. Now in its 40th year, the Kerouac School continues its investigation and documentation of creative experimentation, oral poetics, cross-genre hybrid and collaboration, in the spirit of Allen Ginsberg, Harry Smith, and others who have graced this zone. In this past year, we lost our long-time friend and teacher, Amiri Baraka. This album is dedicated to him.
1. I Am a Circle (traditional) – CAConrad’s Urchin Chorus (at the Ginsberg Library)
2. Thrill-Bob Holman
3. Canto LXXX (by Ezra Pound) – Steven Taylor (voice, drum, bass)
4. I Liked Us Better – Amiri Baraka
5. Night Palace – Joanne Kyger
6. Bardo Corridor (by Anne Waldman) – Junior Burke (voice, guitar)
7. I lay with francis in the margin – Fred Moten
8. from She, a Blueprint – Michelle Naka Pierce
9. from Nascent – Orlando White
10. Charlene – Eleni Sikelianos, Roger Green (guitar)
11. Some Kind of Rip in What I See – Edwin Torres
12. Totenklage (by Hugo Ball) – Christian Bök
13. from Kisa Alango – Cecilia Vicuña (voice, vibraphone)
14. Poetry and Sleep – Bill Berkson
15. Zong #15 – M. NourbeSe Philip
16. Somebody Call a Doctor – Amiri Baraka
17. Be the Fire – Lenny Lesser (voice, production)
18. from Ban – Bhanu Kapil
19. A Further Witness (for Anselm Hollo) – Jerome Rothenberg
20. from The Arabian Nights – Sarah Riggs, Omar Berrada
21. Immigration Officer – Josepha Conrad (voice, ukulele)
22. My Box – Eileen Myles
23. Code Orange – Donald Guravich
24. The Dog – HR Hegnauer
25. Boomerang Suntan – Anne Tardos
26. from New Organism – Andrea Rexilius, Toni Oswald (thumb piano), Max Davies (production)
27. The Dance of Blood – Victor Hernandez Cruz
28. Section 3 of Carbon from the Alphabet – Ron Silliman
29. Alabama (for Maria Ragland Davis) – Elizabeth Willis
30. I Hope I’m Loud When I’m Dead – CAConrad
31. This Bergamot – Christine Trudeau, HR Hegnauer, Max Davies (piano)
32. Hotel Fiction – Laird Hunt
33. I and Am – Margaret Randall
34. Gadji Beri Bimba (by Hugo Ball) – Christian Bok
35. The Last House Creeley Left – Allison Hedge Coke
36. Oh Eyes – Reed Bye
37. These Simple Seeds (by Max Davies) – Steven Taylor (voice, guitar)
38. This is What I’ve Learned About Absence – Lisa Birman
39. from Common Time – Chris Pusateri
40. from The Story of My Accident is Ours – Rachel Levitsky
41. nothing even more and another – Fred Moten
42. The Nipple is the Cause – Anne Waldman, Max Davies (production)
43. Ich Bin Ein Jelly Donut – Jack Collom
44. from More Ideal Suggestions for Mental Photography – Selah Saterstrom
45. from Flood Song – Sherwin Bitsui
46. Slack Key – Joanne Kyger
47. Sunstroke – Thurston Moore (strings), Marty Ehrlich (wind)
48. Sonnet 366 – Tim Atkins
49. Poem for Lisa Birman – Kenneth Goldsmith
50. A Final Poem – Vincent Katz.
Recorded by Ambrose Bye and Max Davies at Naropa University.
Mixed and produced by Ambrose Bye at FSM NYC.
Design by HR Hegnauer.
Photographs by Allen Ginsberg.
This project would not have been possible without the generosity of all the artists involved, The Tamaas Foundation, Allen Ginsberg, The Committee on Poetry, Peter Hale, The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, Naropa University, and the past, future, and present Summer Writing Program.
Harry Smith (1923 – 1991) — archivist, anthologist (Anthology of American Folk Music, 1952), filmmaker, and cosmologist by way of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics inhabited a cottage on the campus of Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado from 1988 – 1991. It is now the university’s recording studio.