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Paris Review Interview with Allen Ginsberg

INTERVIEWER:
Do you feel you’re in command when you’re writing?

GINSBERG:
Sometimes I feel in command when I’m writing. When I’m in the heat of some truthful tears, yes. Then, complete command. Other times—most of the time not. Just diddling away, woodcarving, getting a pretty shape; like most of my poetry. There’s only a few times when I reach a state of complete command. Probably a piece of Howl, a piece of Kaddish, and a piece of The Change. And one or two moments of other poems.

INTERVIEWER:
By command do you mean a sense of the whole poem as it’s going, rather than parts?

GINSBERG:
No—a sense of being self-prophetic master of the universe.

—more at The Paris Review



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