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Saturday, October 28,

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Three

CHAVURAT ALIYA-ISRAELI STUDENTS UNION
BET CAFE
Enjoy Israeli music, food, discussions
in an informal atmosphere. 4
THIS WEEK'S HIGHLIGHT:
Film: LET MY PEOPLE GO !
SATURDAY, OCT. 28, 7 P.M.
936 DEWEY (off Packard)
761-3161

Greeley reads at RC

By ROB HORWITZ
During one of his several read-
ings, right in the middle of re-
citing one of his early works,
Robert Creeley exclamed, gen-
uinely surprised, "Hey, I like
this stuff. This guy's good!"
Coming from a man like Creeley,
this remark cannot be taken as
immodesty, but as an indication
of the feelingĀ° for the life of his
poetry.
Robert Creeley has been read-
ing, teaching, and rapping with
Residential College students and
faculty for the past three days
and will be here until Monday.
He refuses to fit one's precon-

ciates of BMC. In essence, the
theory, termed projective verse
by the late Charles Olson, is
based upon: automatism, the
natural flow of perceptions from
one to the other, and, as Creeley
said, "Form is never more than
an extension of content." In this
way, there -is no classic structure
to act as a distriction or barrier
between poet and reader.
In Creeley's work, the struc-
ture is unique to each poem,
based on variable line length and
punctuation. This permits the
lyric flow of fragments to
"MOVE, INSTANTER ON AN-
OTHER-" as a high energy dis-

why not,1
car

buy a goddamn big

TONIGHT!
UAC-Doystar presents
STEVIE
WON DER
Sal., Oct. 28
8 p.m.-HiII Aud.
$2.50-4-4.50-5.00

The Stevie Wonder stage show is something
very different from what audiences expect from
Motown performers.
The great hits are still there ("For Once In
My Life," "Ma Cherie Amour," "Heaven Help Us
All"). But his new music isn't calculated for Top
40.;Backed up by the Wonderlove Band and singers-
dancers, the Stevie Wonder show is a full evening
of entertainment.
MICHIGAN UNION M-F 11-6, SAT. 12-3
SALVATION RECORDS M-S 1 1-9, SUNDAY 1-4
COMMANDER CODY on Sale Union only
sorry, no personal checks

Robert Creeley

ceived notions of the aloofness
of "famous" poets as masters
of a very personal, introverting
art. Rather, Creeley thrives on
personal interaction and, as his
poetry attests, maintains a keen
sensitivity for the pains, terrors,
pleasures, and joys of human
relations.
He is overflowing with tales of
past experiences with poets . . .
Ginsberg, Olson, Duncan, Ber-
rigan and others . . . who have
remained close friends in their
struggle to the forefront of
American poetry.
It is at Black Mountain College
in the late 40's and the 50's,
where he received his B.A. and
later taught, that Creeley formu-
lated the style of his poetry.
Here he and other students and
faculty were branded "derelicts,
Communists" by the neighboring
community, but continued to live
and study together until finally,
in the mid-50's, the college was
forced to close its doors due to
lack of funds. But during this
time, Creeley, Robert Duncan,
Charles Olson, Ed Dorn, and
others who came to be known
as the Black Mountain School,
borrowed some poetic influences
and ideas from Ezra Pound and
W. C. Williams to create a theory
of verse which has been a dom-
inant trend in American poetry
since. This concept has even fil-
tered into other arts, music and
painting, via John Cage and
Robert Rauschenberg, also asso.
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charge. "Art is the natural ex-
tension of everything that is
human." Greeley feels that the
poet must live his poetry and
attempt to pass the experiences
to the reader utilizing a com-
plementary style.
As I sd to my
friend, because I am
always talking-John, I
sd, which was not his
name, the darkness sur-
rounds us, what
can we do against
it, or else, shall we &

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tonight
6:00 2, 4, 7 News, Weather, Sports
9 This Is Your Life
50 Hee Hlaw
56 Thirty Minutes With
6:30 2 CBS News
4 NBC News
7 Safari To Adventure
9 Beachcombers
7:00 4 Explorers
7 Michigan Outdoors
50 Pro Hockey
56 Family Game
7:30 2 Young Dr. Kildare
4 Adventurer
7 Town Meeting
56 Playhouse New York
8:00 2 All In The Family
4 Movie
4tsa Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad
f TH
MEANS OF +
PERSUATION
217SASH 2PM.t-2AM

drive, he sd, for
christ's sake, look
out where yr going.
Also, Creeley often allows
words to stand alone in their
uniqueness as "sound" and
"note" in song.
The car
moving
the hill
down
which yellow
leaves
light forms
declare
In reading his poetry, Creeley's
voice and percussive accentua-
tion of the final work of each
line combine with occasional
rapid cuts with his hand through
the air to produce a stirring of
poetic energy in fragmentation.
He believes that real poetic unity
may only occur through the kine-
tic interaction of these various
fragments.
Creeley, currently teaching at
the University of Buffalo, is a
prolific writer; six books of poe-
try, a collection of short stories,
a collection of notes and essays,
a novel, and has edited numerous
other works in the past decade.
Next month, another book of
poetry, Day Poems, will be re-
leased.
An edited version of his Thurs-
day afternoon reading will be
broadcast over WUOM (91.7
FM), Sunday, November 12, at
4 p.m.
In his short stories and novel,
Creeley seems to make the tran-
sition toeprose relatively effort-
lessly. He has no problem with
content and employs the same
vibrant flow of fragments style,
in this case, molded to the par-
ticular novel or short story.
The Residential College Liter-
ary magazine's staff and Dr.
Betsy Fifer arranged his visit as
part of a writer-in-residence pro-
gram. Each writer reads, holds,
both group and individual tu-
torials and seminars, and visits
classes. In January, novelist
John Hawkes, author of Lunar
Landscapes, The Cannibals, and
Blood Oranges to name a few,
will visit.
world" (?) First time on TV!
A madcap comedy.
7 Alias Smith and Jones
8:30 2 Bridget Loves Bernie
9:00 2 Mary Tyler Moore
7 Streets of San Francisco
56 On Location
9:30 2 Bob Newhart
9 Document
50 One Step Beyond
10:00 2 Mission: Impossible
7 Sixth Sense
9 CBC News
50 Lou Gordon-Discussion
56 Profile in Music: Shirley Verrett
10:15 9 News
10:30 9 East Side/West Side
11:00 2, 4, 7 News, Weather, Sports
1:30 2 Movie
"Seven Days in May" (64)
Political thriller about military
take-over in U.S., starring Kirk
Douglas, Burt Lancaster, and
Ava Gardner. Could it happen
here?
4 Johnny Carson
7 Movie
"A Guide for the Married Man"
67) Walter Matthau and
Robert Morse star in this
blockbuster of a comedy.
9 Movie
50 Movie
"Frankenstein-1970" (58) Boris
Karloff plays the Baron's
grandson. Boo!
1'00 4 News
50 The Baron
1:30 2 Movie
"The Crimson Canary" (45)
Singer murdered; band mem-
bers suspected. A real mystery.
Daily reviewer Rich Glatzer
says about this film: "I've
never seen it."
7 Movie
"The Seven Year Itch" (55)
A comedy with Marilyn
Monroe.
wcbn today
10:00 20th Century music
12:00 Progressive rock
4:00 New release
5:00 Jazz
8:00 Progressive rock
11:00 Potato show (runs until 3)

SATURDAY
Visual choreography:
THE RED AND
THE WHITE
Hungarian director Miklos Jan-
sco won the Prize for Best Di-
rection this year at Cannes.
Praised for his "mise-en scene"
in the great Eastern plain, us-
inghpeasants,Esoldiers, horses,
naked girls. All this with just a
couple of dozen camera shots
makes for his unique style,
MONDAY

By STEVE POTTER
Above all, Yes is fresh. Their
music has always reminded me of
spring. Even during these sober-
ing October days, I can close
my eyes and imagine the moist
smells, the verdure, and the crisp
brightness of a spring day. For
spring is a time of rebirth, a
rebirth of the senses; it is an
impressionistic season.
And so it is with Yes. When
I think back over their albums,
it is not a rocking beat, or lyri-
cal profundity that strikes me;
but rather manydsmall moments
of pleasure and discovery, many
impressionistic shading and nu-
ances - moving, blending, flow-
ing in and out, intricately woven
around a general theme. Yes now
hasa new album out called Close
to the Edge, and it is just ano-
ther step in the development of
this impressionistic style.
Yes's arrangements are dif-
ferent from those of most pop
groups because of their intricacy
and innovation. As one melody
becomes familiar, a new one in-
tervenes - a synthesizer will
whirl in the background, or a
guitar will quiver into an ecstatic
orgasm. It's like getting a beau-
tifully-wrapped gift, and after
onening it, finding inside it ano-
ther box just as pretty as the
first one but wrapped in differ-
ent paper, and inside that one,
yet another, and so on.
Jon Anderson is the lead vocal-
ist and has done in the past,
with Steve Howe, most of the ar-
rangements. In Close to the Edge,
however, all members contri-
bute to the arrangements. This
was a little unexpected because,
in their last album, Fragile, five
of the tracks were individual
ideas, individually arranged and
produced by the five members
of the band. In retrospect, how-
ever, it is now evident that these
individual trips were a result of
the group's effort to adjust to
their change in keyboard person-
nel - the, addition of Rick Wake-
man, keyboard freak extraordin-
aire. Since that time, they have
gotten it together, and they are
now putting together their music
as a group.
There are three songs on the
album - "And You and I," "Si-
berian Khatru," and "Close to
the Edge", which covers the en-
tire first side and is divided into
four subordinate themes - "The
Solid Time of Change," "Total
Mass Retain," "I Get Up I Get
Down," and "Seasons of Man."
Their lyrics are, for the most
part, inane. Here's a taste from
"The Solid Time of Change":
A seasoned witch could call
you from the depths of your
disgrace
And rearrange your liver to the
solid mental grace,
And achieve it all with music
that came quickly from afar
Then taste the fruit of man
recorded losing all against the
hour.'
Since their lyrics sound great
when they're sung, and they
don't make any sense when writ-
ten down, I really don't under-
stand why Yes bothers to print
them.
"Close to the Edge" begins by
fading in with a disjunct melange
of sounds including birds scream-
ing, bells tinkling, and guitars
grinding. It properly sets t h e
tone of the album, stimulating
musically the feeling of being

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Following the introduction,
"Close to the Edge" pluses into
its first theme, "The Solid Time
of Change," which carries a
steady repetitive beat until the
chorus interjects:
Down at the end
Round by the corner
Close to the edge
With a final flourish of the
synthesizer, Yes then moves in-
to the second theme, "Total Maas
Retain." Thematically, "Total
Mass" is no different from "The
Solid Time of Change." The
same chorus is used and the puz-
zling phrase, "I get up I get
down," reappears. This one line
is the nicest in the whole album
because Anderson's voice flows
out and over it, giving it an es-
sence, . freshness, that no writ-
ten word could ever adequately
reflect.
The next part - "I Get Up I
Get Down" - is the climax of
the movement. The music once
again recreates the image of that
mysterious precipice on the a!-
bum sleeve. It is pure; the tones
are misty; the notes hover. Drops
of water can be heard falling over
the edge. Anderson's voice reach-
es its pristine apogee when sud-
denly, a regal organ intervenes
and guides the music back to the
melody for the final theme - -
"Seasons of Man." This contin-
ues with cyclical whirls -f the
synthesizer, and finishes with the
serene "I get up I get down."
"And You and I" is the second
song on the album, and is di-
vided into three sub-themes. It is
not as universal or all-encompas-
sing an effort as "Close to the

people share when they are to-
gether. The light guitar-strum-
ming and the softness of Ander-
son's voice create a happy tone,
an optimistic impression of love.
The music breaks in, very se-
renely and quickly changes to a
heavier beat and a more light-
hearted tone. In the end, how-
ever, serenity is restored.
The last song on the album,
"Siberian Khatru," is perhaps the
most obscure and impressionis-
tic piece gf work Yes has done,
but its obscurity is not as an-
noying as that of the other songs.
This is because nothing in it, not
While the title "Close to the
even the title, makes sense.
Edge," does make sense, caus-
ing me to seek meaning in the
song itself, not so with "Siberian
Khatru." I can just sit back and
listen to Anderson exude those
titallating gems of illogical musi-
cal perfection and enjoy it, com-
pletely insouciant.
At one point, he starts spieling
off a whole list of unconnected,
unparallel words, and it is just
ecstasy. He sings: "Outboard ...
River . . . Bluetail . . .' Tailfly
. . . Luther . . . In time . . .
Sunflower . . . Asking . . ." I
mean, who cares? He could have
been singing Persian and I would
have loved it. After all, since
I've never owned an Out board
Luther for whichsthe Sunflowered
Bluetail Fly flew how would
I know whether the seasoned
moon could tell you from the
depths of your ocean maid? Huh?

Commander Cody
Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen performing for a receptive home-town audience at our
first Homecoming concert this year. Watch for a review in tomorrow's paper.
'Close to the Edge': Fresh

suspended in a totally absurd
nothingness, with each new sen-
sation negating the one before it.
The picture on the a l b u m
sleeve appropriately shows a
huge, rocky, water-covered pre-
cipice surrounded by mist and
silhouetted against a cloudless
pristine sky. The water is for-
ever cascading over the edges
all around the pedimeter, i n t o
nothingness.

Edge." It is also less obscure.
It's a song about being togeth-
er. Anderson sings:
And you and I climb crossing
the shapes of the morning
And you and I reach over the
sun for the river
Like "Close to the Edge," nev-
ertheless, most of the lyrics mean
nothing, but they sound nice.
They ar emeant only to give im-
pressions of the love which two

Sky-High HALLOWEEN Thrills!

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CONCERT-Stevie Wonder is featured in our second Home-
coming concert tonight at Hill.
DRAMA-University Players perform Beckett's Endgame
again tonight at 8 in the Frieze Arena.
FILM-Cinema Guild presents Jansco's The Red and The
White in Arch. Aud. at 7 and 9:05. Cinema II features
Polanski's Repulsion; shows at 7 and 9 in Aud. A. The
Couzens Film Co-op is showing Flash Gordon and the
Purple Death from Outer Space plus Popeye cartoons in
Couzens cafeteria at 7 and 9.
WEEKEND BARS AND MUSIC-Bimbo's, Gaslighters (Fri.,
Sat., Sun.) cover; Bimbo's on the Hill, Long John Silver
(Fri., Sat.) cover; Blind Pig, Asleep at the Wheel (Fri.,
Sat.) cover, classical music (Sun.) no cover; Golden Fal-
con, New Concept (Fri., Sat., Sun.) cover; Mackinac
Jack's, The Means of Persuasion with Ike Noble (Fri.,
Sat.) cover, Okra (Sun.) cover; Mr. Flood's Party, Mill-
town Blues Band (Fri., Sat.) cover; Odyssey, The Roc-
kets (Fri., Sat.) cover, Jam Night (Sun.) no cover; Rubai-
yat, Iris Bell Adventure (Fri., Sat., Sun.) no cover; Pret-
zel Bell, RFD Boys (Fri., Sat.) cover; Del Rio, Armando's
Jazz Group (Sun.) no cover.
MUSIC-Ed Holstein performs at the Ark tonight.
FILM SPECIAL-The Japan Arcade is sponsoring a showing
of The Judo King and Samurai today and tomorrow at
the Fifth Forum. The double feature begins at 1 on both
days.
ThA Residential oIlege Players

HILLEL FOUNDATION
Presents
THE LAST
CHAPTER
Produced by BENJAMIN and
LAWRENCE ROTHMAN
Narrated by THEODORE BIKEL

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KING KONG

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DRACULA

The Story
of Jewish

of 1000 Years
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