What we once had was poetry. Visions and star dust. Translucent. Death to the machine, the grind the walk that we must walk. The everyday pantomime of social media and daily life. I am bored. Asleep in the 21st century. I want monoliths, transcendence and truth. Moments of humanity that don't come with a price … Continue reading What We Once Had
Life In The 21st Century
The world is getting weirder. Darker every single day. Things are spinning around faster and faster, and threatening to go completely awry. Falcons and falconers. The center cannot hold. But in my corner of the country, I'm trying to nail things down. I don't want to live in Victor's jungle, even if it did eventually … Continue reading Life In The 21st Century
Early 21st Century Poetics
“For me the poem and the poetry open mic isn’t about competition and it never will be. Honestly? It's wrong. The open mic is about 1 poet, one fellow human being up on a stage or behind a podium sharing their work regardless of what form or style they bring to it. … Continue reading Early 21st Century Poetics
Where Are All The New Voices?
“O me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring;Of the endless trains of the faithless—of cities fill’d with the foolish;Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)Of eyes that vainly crave the light—of the objects mean—of the struggle ever renew’d;Of the poor results of all—of the plodding … Continue reading Where Are All The New Voices?
Where Is American Poetry Going?
What recent trends in American poetry do you find troubling or worrisome? Aliki Barnstone: I find poetry wars troublesome. These particular issues of aesthetics should not divide poets. I find the polarization simplistic and limiting to anyone who takes on the label “formalist” or “experimentalist.” The imagination must be free to go anywhere and … Continue reading Where Is American Poetry Going?
How Did Poetry Survive?
Poetry, John Timberman Newcomb believes, has lost status in recent years. In the introduction to his new book, How Did Poetry Survive? The Making of Modern American Verse (University of Illinois Press), Newcomb argues that American poetry has been "segregat[ed] ... from modern social experience" -- with the result that poetry is hardly even considered "literature" … Continue reading How Did Poetry Survive?
A 21st Century Dirge For America
A TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY DIRGE FOR AMERICA Another dead song for a dead man a dead art in no man’s land. “CENSORED” For Being REAL As they stop the world, Judge and destroy all that which they cannot make Or see. FOR WE THE PEOPLE BELIEVE IN Anarchy Archery Douche-Beggary 38 Flavors & Fifty Stars … Continue reading A 21st Century Dirge For America