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A Terrible Wholeness

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lipstickAmiri Baraka – I Love Music (2’15”). Recorded on reel-to-reel by Robert Creeley on December 8, 1978 in Buffalo. Background on event. More Baraka on Pennsound. “The poem ‘I Love Music’ was written to recall when I was locked up in solitary confinement after the Newark rebellions in 1967. I sat one afternoon and whistled all the Trane I remembered. And then later that afternoon they told me he had died. But I knew even then that that was impossible” (from Baraka’s liner notes to The Last Giant, cited here).

Written by Steve Evans

June 19, 2009 at 11:55 am

Attention Span – Chris Stroffolino

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Ah, as the attention span (“Mine”) shortens progressively, the “ self-defense” mechanism some call “ senility.”

There’s books. I know there was more Samuel Beckett, tra la., and Shakespeare plays (in hopes of that job), and some very good creative writing poems in a workshop I’ve taught from Mandy Lou, Jessea Perry, Dennis Somera, and others.

In preparation for the NPF’s 1970s conference, I looked at Hard Facts by Baraka, and also Polaroid by Clark Coolidge.

Kenneth Koch was in there too. Kwan Booth (contemporary).

Local Oakland manifestoes—too many to name.

Specific names:

Rick Coleman | Blue Monday: Fats Domino and the Lost Dawn of Rock and Roll | Da Capo | 2006 | CS

Ken Emerson | Always Magic In the Air: The Bomp and Brilliance of The Brill Building | Viking | 2005 | CS

Ken Emerson | Doo Dah: Stephen Foster and the Rise of American Pop-Culture | Da Capo | 1998 | CS

When reading the first book in particular, there were times when I found myself really needing to say “ this is poetry!”—“this is the essence of poetry”—and then I realized that doing that ends up just getting back into the debate over what is proper, legitimate, poetry, etc.

So, I’m happy to say, rather, that I consider the first three of these books to be essential books of “ poetics” (20th century, 21st still up in the air, I hope, etc…).

Lakoff’s book about trying to understand a 21st century with an 18th century mind….


More Chris Stroffolino on MySpace.

Written by Steve Evans

May 4, 2009 at 2:22 pm