Last poetry class
In honor of the final poetry/meditation class, for “poetry of the sages,” I’m posting a few youtube videos.
First, is an interview with Ginsberg and William F. Buckley. It makes me think about poetry and artists in terms of culture and politics. It’s also an interesting glimpse of two people conversing, and an older style of media. For someone somewhat saturated in modern American culture, seeing this makes me rethink the kind of stuff I’m absorbing via radio, TV, etc., on a daily basis. With this last idea, I’m thinking in particular about Ginsberg’s comment about people not having the data to understand “the police state” because of censorship, and self-censorship. Now, I wouldn’t so easily label things a police state, in the way Allen Ginsburg does, but at the same time, there are lots of problems out there, politically and socially, and media is a part of this picture.
Is this about poetry? Well, not directly so, but here are a few connections:
1. Allen Ginsburg was a famous poet. Poets these days would have trouble getting on a bigtime conservative talk show. They just wouldn’t be well known enough.
So that’s about poets as media or cultural icons.
2. It’s about language and how this affects people’s minds (censorship), and this relates obviously to poetry.
The censorship question is especially interesting because the rules are so much more lax today than in 1968.
Since I do want to include some actual poetry, here is some by Gertrude Stein. For me, this is mostly about the way my mind works with the rhythm and sounds. There is interpretation that can go on as far as the meaning, but I don’t know how much with Stein is intentional, and how much poetry, for her, is just about playing with rhythm and sound. Anyway, here’s some Stein. Enjoy.