Lionel Ziprin - For decades, Mr. Ziprin, a self-created planet, exerted a powerful gravitational attraction for poets, artists, experimental filmmakers, would-be philosophers and spiritual seekers
Lionel Ziprin, Songs for Schizoid Siblings, The Song Cave, 2017.
Harry Smith, John Zorn, Jordan Belson, Thelonious Monk, Bob Dylan, Robert Frank, Bruce Conner - in fact an entire generation of New York's underground artists, musicians and filmmakers found themselves deeply influenced by the poet and jewish mystic Lionel Ziprin.
“He was larger than life and so far beyond a certain kind of description that I am bamboozled,” said Ira Cohen, a longtime friend. “He was much larger than a poet, though that’s hard for me to say, as a poet. He was one of the big secret heroes of the time.”
Introduction by Philip Smith.
Mr. Ziprin, a brilliant, baffling, beguiling voice of the Lower East Side and the East Village in all its phases — Jewish, hipster and hippie — died last Sunday in Manhattan. He was 84. The cause was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, his daughter Zia Ziprin said.
For decades, Mr. Ziprin, a self-created planet, exerted a powerful gravitational attraction for poets, artists, experimental filmmakers, would-be philosophers and spiritual seekers.
He ran his apartment, on Seventh Street in the East Village, as a bohemian salon, attracting a loose collective that included the ethnomusicologist Harry Smith, the photographer Robert Frank and the jazz musician Thelonious Monk, who would drop by for meals between sets at the Five Spot. Bob Dylan paid the occasional visit.
Almost All Lies Are Pocket Sized: Excerpts from the Work of Lionel Ziprin, Flockophobic Press, 1990.
Lionel Ziprin was the author of the unpublished 1,000+ page epic poem Sentencial Metaphrastic, as well as many other unpublished manuscripts including Math Glass and What This Abacus Was. Songs for Schizoid Siblings is the very first manuscript of Ziprin's work to ever be published in it's entirety. Lionel Ziprin passed away in 2009.