Saturday, July 17, 2010

Andy Warhol: "No Poetry!"

At one time Andy Warhol seemed the pinnacle of mysterious fame and glamour -- beyond comprehension. He certainly seemed that way to me -- and I published interviews with him in three different magazines. But when Andy died ten years later, it turned out he was secretly a practicing Roman Catholic. I was surprised. So were people like Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs. I was raised Catholic. The Banal Catholic Church I call it; it’s as real as sparrows. Allen and William were not raised Catholic; now they understood why they hated Andy.

Over five years of welcome at the Union Square north Factory, Andy asked me to interview anybody for his magazine, Interview. I decided to interview Daniel Berrigan, S.J., a poet and activist. Bob Colacello was Interview’s right-wing editor and he was skeptical. Nor did Dan understand Andy. Andy to Dan symbolized wealth and decadence. Colacello rejected the interview.

Interview was originally Inter-View. Gerard Malanga was the first editor of Inter-View. He viewed Andy’s magazine as an update of Charles Henri Ford’s avant-garde magazine View. And consequently in his first issue Gerard published poetry by Kenward Elmslie. Andy was annoyed. “No Poetry!” Andy ruled.

Poetry is not Pop Art. Catholicism however is always art.

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My interviews with Andy were in the old print Unmuzzled OX, Art NEWS and Small Press Review. The Small Press Book Fair at the time was offered a free billboard. Suzanne Ostro, the Book Fair organizer, suggested I trade Andy a free table for Interview if he would do the billboard. After approximately ninety seconds consideration, Andy agreed. When the other exhibitors got wind, however, they were outraged. They didn’t understand Andy either but they knew they disliked him. The billboard was never done.

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Blogger 吳沛黃以富民 said...

一棵樹除非在春天開了花,否則難望在秋天結果。............................................................

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Blogger v惠王王王娟 said...

辛苦了!祝你愈來愈好!............................................................

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Blogger 孫邦柔 said...

你不能改變容貌~~但你可以展現笑容.................................................................

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Blogger 316 said...

看了你的日誌 覺得今天好充實 晚安瞜.................................[/url]...............

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Blogger 惠奇 said...

寂寞又無聊 看到你的BLOG 加油喔!!............................................................

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Blogger Jessica said...

hi Michael -

I would like to send you a review copy of The Poetry Lesson by Andrei Codrescu but have no means of reaching you except for this comments area. I hope you will email me at jessica_pellien@press.princeton.edu.

Thank you,
Jessica

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Blogger Alexander said...

Dear Michael Andre,

My name is Alex Howard, I'm writing a thesis on Charles Henri Ford. I was wondering whether I might be able to contact you about your dealings with Charles. My thesis focuses on Blues (and also takes in his involvement with Andy Warhol in the early 60s) and I'm particularly interested in the Unmuzzled Ox / Blues 10 you published. Might it be possible to talk about such things? My email: awjh20@sussex.ac.uk.

Many thanks,

Alex

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