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Michael Andre – John Cage Shoes Story

August 29th, 2021
  • Interview – Michael Andre Talks about his Poetry Photo via

    Michael Andre: Years Skip By Like a Stone Across a Pond

    Michael Andre is a Canadian, poet, critic and editor living in New York City. Andre hosted radio shows in Chicago and New York. He interviewed, published, and occasionally socialized with W. H. Auden and Eugene McCarthy, Beats like Gregory Corso, William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, John Cage and Andy Warhol.

    Andre is the editor of Unmuzzled OX, an occasional magazine of poetry, art and politics which began in 1971 as a quarterly and has produced 16 volumes. Andre edited and published two books by Gregory Corso, Earth Egg and Writings from OX.

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    Shoe
    John Cage took me to a party for Buckminster Fuller. I was surprised to meet my friend Ellen Burstyn, and introduced her to John. We gabbed until Merce Cunningham arrived. John excused himself. “Who was that?” hissed the Oscar-winning actress. A month later I read in The Times that Burstyn and Cage had hosted a lavish party for Fuller. They forgot to invite me.

    John Cage Shoes blog“>Merce danced in John Cage shoes.

    Happy birthday-Michael Andre

    Michael Andre told me about Benedetta Barzini’s father.

    This is an amazing book
    On page 37
    Beyond Realism
    You Know the details of the kangaroo. – Leonard Cohen.

  • Foto of Michael Andre & Allen Ginsberg – Canada takes over NY School

    April 14th, 2013

    Allen Ginsberg and Michael Andre photo by Anne Turyn 1982

    Andy Warhol and Allen Ginsberg competed for the attention of the young. They hated each other. (Michael Andre tweeted)

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    Andy Warhol holding Unmuzzled Ox.

    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. Andy Warhol :No poetry)

  • someone asked Michael what made the Ox go. Why was it successful?
    “Contributors,” said Andre. “When you have good writers with something to say, people want to read them. The magazine sells.”

    The Unmuzzled Ox does have good writers with with something to say. Andre himself is one of them.

    Michael Andre – poet, publisher, critic (Riverrun bookshop blog)

  • Daniel Berrigan, Eugene McCarthy, Margaret Atwood, Denise Levertov, Robert Peters, Robert Creeley and Gregory Corso. OX frequently features photographs of contributors by Gerard Malanga. (via Michael Andre wiki)

  • Robert Creeley on Andre’s third book, Studying the Ground for Holes.
    These poems “are a very great pleasure – lovely quick wit, like they say, with everything connecting. The cat’s Jammies.. Thank god they’re not lost! Canada takes over the New York School single handed ——clapping.”

  • Paul Thek was his sculptor

    Although the Germans in their wars
    shot my uncle and grandfather

    and the Holocaust and Vietnam perturb,
    AIDS kills my friends: (continue ELEGY FOR A CENTURY OF AIDS )

    Unmuzzled Ox (M. Andre’s blog)