jueves, 17 de febrero de 2011

John Giorno, noche under en Cusco

John Giorno, nacido en Nueva York en 1936 y graduado de la Universidad de Columbia en 1958, fue un asiduo concurrente del underground de los 60. También fue partícipe de The Factory, estudio de arte fundado por Andy Warhol.

Anoche Giorno "ejecutó" varias de sus composiciones poéticas en el auditorio del Convento de Santo Domingo. Poesía urbana, cruda y sarcástica, la de Giorno estuvo apoyada por la proyección de la misma, en una pantalla situada detrás, en su traducción al español.


John Giorno.



THERE WAS A BAD TREE
(2002)

There was a bad tree a bad tree, that people hated. The leaves gave off a foul smell,
and the flowers had a bitter stink. If you got too close, you vomited.
The fruit was poison, one bite and you were dead.
Everyone really disliked it. The bad tree stunk. They talked endlessly about it; and decided to cut it down. Get rid of it. They chopped with axes, and barely made a dent; wearing breathing masks, they whacked at it and whacked at it, and nibbled and chipped. Oily powder from the shiny dark green leaves, got on their skin, blistered, and was really itchy; and they scratched bloody red.
They put on protective gear with oxygen, and went at it with electric buzz saws and heavy equipment. Working 24-hour shifts, finally, the tree was cut down.
Everyone was very happy, and celebrated the great victory. A noble deed, well done; and they went to bed exhausted.
The next morning, the bad tree had grown back, had sprung up new and bigger, and more beautiful and ugly.
It was very discouraging. They talked a lot about it, and cut it down again, and poured gasoline on the roots, and burned all the leaves and branches in a big fire. After the smoldering embers got cold the tree grew back, bigger more bad, and really gorgeous.
Other people had been watching from their houses, waiting their turn. They thought themselves smarter, with higher intellectual capabilities, they knew how to get rid of the tree. It was a growing plant, a wood tree that grew in the earth.
They incinerated it, burned the roots with chemicals, vaporizing acids, and robotic lasers; detonated
on the ground, bombed from the air, hit
with smart missiles; and bombarded with radiation. They made
a fire storm; and covered the ground with concrete and steel.
The tree grew back, more fresh, more elegant, even gracious;
and really ugly. The wood was harder, darker,
more shiny, thick hot muscle; and the leaves, full and lush, moved like underwater plants luxuriously in the breeze.
Everyone was very depressed, extremely discouraged. It was a catastrophe. They had made for themselves
a hell world.
They talked incessantly about it, and came to a big decision.
The Mayor resigned in disgrace, those, who had worked so hard,
left, humiliated, departed, stayed away, moved to the other side of town.
Then, out of the blue, appeared these beautiful people, They were simple
and humble, a little like peacocks, and seemingly well- intentioned, with a great sense of humor.
Radiantly relaxed, Oozing loving kindness and compassion, they walked right up, and started eating the leaves. They ate the leaves and enjoyed them, became happy, and laughed and laughed; and chomped on more leaves. You could tell they really liked the taste. They pressed their cheeks to the flowers, black velvet coated with transmission oil. They licked the sweet juices that seeped from the petals. The pollen was coal dust and petroleum gas. Burying their noses, they sucked in deep breaths, eating the smell, great bliss.
They discovered the fruit hidden beneath the leaves, overripe mangoes
with sticky eggplant skin, hung like testicles; and inside the fruit was rotting meat, like liver.
The special people got their faces into the stinking slime, and really got into it; inhaling with their lips, and teeth, and tongues. They licked and drank the thick red juice. The seeds, like carbouchon rubies, seemed particularly potent, and were chewed with great delight. The fruit contained the five wisdoms. The men and women became luminous, their skin was golden and their bodies, almost transparent, were clothed in shimmering rainbow lights.
They became sleepy, yawned, and curled up under the tree, and a took a nap. While they slept, music filled the air. Lounging
against the gnarled tree trunk and protruding roots, their huge bodies colored red, yellow, blue, green, white, rested in
great equanimity, and radiated huge compassion.
Inside the tree were the secret homes of many demi-gods, hungry ghosts, and earth spirits, who were very pleased with all the positive attention being paid them. After years of abuse mutilation, and being destroyed, they were tickled; even though, they were being ravaged and their flowers wrecked.
At the root endings, there were jewels, diamond and emerald and rubies,
which were stars in the sky of the world below.
The beautiful men and women woke up, and nibbled on the leaves, again; They ate
the leaves, like deer, pausing between bites, looking up
at the vast empty sky. The leaves and fruit increased their clarity and bliss,
and introduced the nature of primordially pure
wisdom mind.


There Was A Bad Tree, by John Giorno, 2002


Giorno y Miguel Ángel Fuentes, similitudes encontradas en una lejana conexión con Ginsberg.

1 comentario:

voyance dijo...

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