Sunday, April 01, 2012

#SpokenWordSunday ::: Tuli Kupferberg Last Video The Rubaiyat of Tuli

Tuli's favorite quatrains from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam as translated by Edward Fitzgerald, set to music by Tuli. (Also titled Shadows of Paradise and sung by Ed Sanders on the Fugs double CD "The Real Woodstock Festival." ) Tuli told friends this is one of the songs he would most like to be remembered by.

Rubaiyat collage by Tuli , Edmund J. Sullivan illustrations colored by Thelma.
Video and off camera voice: Thelma Blitz.

This is Tuli's last video and last recorded statement, May 15, 2010 at Tuli's loft in Soho, Manhattan approximately two months before he left the planet. [Uploaded by on May 17, 2010]

"Myself when young did eagerly frequent master and saint, and heard great argument about it and about: but evermore came out by the same door as in I went.

Some for the Glories of This World; and some
Sigh for the Prophet's Paradise to come;
Ah, take the Cash, and let the Credit go,
Nor heed the rumble of a distant Drum!

A loaf of bread, a jug of wine and thou
Besides me singing in the wilderness
Oh, wilderness. Ah wilderness
Wilderness were paradise enough ( or enow).

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