“i studied at her feet without even meeting her.” –john forte on angela davis
“sometimes i feel like there’s a lot of rebuilding in order and in order and a lot of that is going to come from just the old fashioned principle of reading books. and more importantly, we have to write and document our history right now.” –badu
by the end of the night, i’ll be two books closer to reading through my spring collection. bigups to the folks who showed up to dance this week-it was really empowering to be part of living in your tall spaces as we sashayed during the runway segment. poets-i see you.
“All young poets are, to some extent, victims of fashion because young artists are by necessity imitators. To imitate is how one learns craft, and for young poets especially, art of the present moment exerts the greatest magnetism. Some are lucky to be born into an era whose style is coincidentally well suited to their talent and nature. Others are born into the wrong era, an artistic environment that clashes with their natural instincts.” (189)
“Passion is the greatest gift a poet can have, and nobody is mildly obsessed.” (82)
“Self-consciousness often provokes an over exertion of cleverness. But intelligence, when used well in a poem, never makes the reader feel less smart than the writer, or left behind. Rather, it gives the reader the exhilarating pleasure of being smart in concert with the speaker.
The goal of the healthy artist is not to be crippled by the weight of literacy, nor intimidated into a kind of aesthetic conservatism, nor to be engorged with fancy self-protective mannerisms, but to be selectively informed and empowered by knowledge. This development of sensibility could be called the acquisition and use of taste.” (67)
exactly. i should never require a legend to decipher your poetry if i’ve spent every day for 8 months. just sayin’.