‘beneath the cobblestones, the beach’: when poetry ruled the streets.

Its Paris. Its 1968. Its May. Students and workers take spontaneously to the streets. Barricades. Running battles with the cops. The PCF is flat-footed. It doesn’t lead. It follows. The government panics. de Gaulle plans his escape.To Germany. In back room deals his Party agrees to sweeping changes re the education system, divorce, homosexuality,industrial relations, etc., etc.,etc. Order … More ‘beneath the cobblestones, the beach’: when poetry ruled the streets.

Saigyo

A number of Basho haiku are paraphrases of Saigyo tanka. http://www.poetrysociety.org.nz/node/415 http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Saigyo waka and tanka are interchangable terms https://www.uwosh.edu/facstaff/barnhill/244-japan/Saigyo%20-%20Sorrow%20and%20Blossoms.pdf This one’s a ripper. I read it a few years ago in the quiet of Bairnsdale &,despite the universalist blather, particularly recommend the intro. https://books.google.com.au/books?id=1Dk6AwAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=saigyo&hl=en&sa=X&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=saigyo&f=false

Procedural poetry

One way to reveal procedural poetry is to explain. Another is to provide some links and assume I have intelligent readers. https://books.google.com.au/books?id=bUvFAAAAQBAJ&pg=PA23&dq=oulipo+poetry&hl=en&sa=X&ei=qlkuVd3_OIWA8gXnqoHQAQ&ved=0CD8Q6AEwBg#v=onepage&q=oulipo%20poetry&f=false https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/text/brief-guide-oulipo http://www.writing.upenn.edu/~afilreis/88v/maclow-obit.html https://books.google.com.au/books?id=oTfrbR7GGFQC&pg=PA178&lpg=PA178&dq=french+sonnets+jackson+mac+low&source=bl&ots=EkjXIChSt1&sig=wOrDiIaS5ys1wr2KDrjxoewQaP0&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjGldm35NfJAhWGFZQKHXMjAsQQ6AEIPTAG#v=onepage&q=french%20sonnets%20jackson%20mac%20low&f=false https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/stein-100-feather-likeness-justice-chair

Classicism

T. S. Eliot reckoned the Classical was health, Romanticism sickness. Dylan Thomas observed T. S. Eliot backwards almost spells toilets. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classicism http://www.britannica.com/art/Classicism http://classroom.synonym.com/examples-literary-classicism-19902.html http://www.britannica.com/biography/Virgil https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/aeneid-book-i-arms-and-man-i-sing http://www.poemhunter.com/alexander-pope/biography/ https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/epistle-dr-arbuthnot-shut-shut-door

John Ashbery

I’ve put off writing about Ashbery. He’s the most famous poet you’ve never heard of. Sometimes a bit DADA. Sometimes a tad Surrealist. Sometimes almost a procedural poet of sorts. At his finest, from the early sixties to the mid eighties,he had a richness, a vocabulary, a density, a range of reference and a way … More John Ashbery