John Giorno

Performed in an A B Series presentation
November 7, 2012

Dakini Software (1972)

Recorded at St. Marks Church in New York City on November 8, 1972, John Giorno presents a lengthy excerpt from his poem “Dakini Software.” Giorno is well known for his provocative sound and performance poetry that blends a bohemian sensibility, radical sexual politics, and spiritual practice. All these elements are featured in this echo-laden rendition of “Dakini Software,” which mixes the metaphors of a female, tantric and Tibetan Buddhist deity, or embodiment of enlightened energy, with the concept of computerized instructions to impart the idea of what has been called “brainwashing based on Eastern wisdom.” 

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