Writer Karen Ponzio reads Beat poet Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” to the accompaniment of live improvised music by Light Upon Blight at Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, Mar. 6. Krem ôn’ Wo͝ol opens. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is a sliding scale of $5-10 (pay what you can in that range.
Light Upon Blight is an improvisational collective run by New Haven based composer Jeff Cedrone. The music tends to range from soundtrack-like ambiance to Doom Metal to Free Jazz to whatever.This iteration of Light Upon Blight features Jeff Cedrone (guitar), John C. Miller (modular synthesizer), Richard Brown (alto sax), Brian Slattery (upright bass), and Peter Riccio (drums).
Karen Ponzio has shared her poems, displayed her artwork, and hosted a variety of live shows throughout the New Haven area including the monthly Second Wednesday Open Mic at Best Video in Hamden. She also hosts a biweekly show on CygnusRadio.com called The Word According to KP focusing on written and spoken word of all kinds as well as lyrically driven music. Ponzio is currently an arts journalist for the New Haven Independent and has also been published in local magazines such as The Cut-Up and Put Down Your Phone, New Haven.
Krem ôn’ Wo͝ol is a founding member of the super underground band Florida=death. Works out of Superposition and enjoys street tacos.
Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” is a seminal document of the mid-20th century counterculture. A founding figure of the Beat Generation—along with Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs—Ginsberg wrote “Howl” in the years 1954-55, strongly influenced by Kerouac’s advocacy of “spontaneous bop prosody.” “Howl” was an autobiographical cri de couer that explored themes of homosexuality, drug use, and alienation in contemporary industrial society. Published by City Lights Books in 1956, Howl and Other Poems was the subject of a 1957 obscenity trial. Publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti won the case with California State Superior Court Judge Clayton Horn finding that the text had “redeeming social importance.”