Tag Archives: Poetry

Crowley Outloud

I’ve got a bit of a difficult film writing assignment hanging over my head this week so rather than posting another horror film post, here’s a selection of recordings from the 1920′s and 1930′s featuring Aleister Crowley reciting occult poetry in both English as well as the Enochian language that Queen Elizabeth I’s court wizard [...]

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Punks and Poets

I once read an essay by music critic Simon Reynolds where he pointed out that the fundamental difference between punk music and the new wave and no wave music that followed it is that new wave and no wave bands were formed by art school kids, but punk music was always rooted in literary inspirations [...]

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Professor Ginsberg

You probably know Allen Ginsberg as a poet, but you might also dig his photography or maybe you know about his devotion to Buddhism. Like his hero Walt Whitman, Ginsberg contained multitudes and even managed to add teaching to his resume from the 1970s and into the 1990′s during which time he lectured at schools [...]

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Allen Again

It’s Wednesday night and I just got back from a reading event at a friend’s house — a good group of writers and readers and listeners and drinkers and neighbors and old friends and new ones. Hanging out on a cool breezy back screen porch on what must be a perfect springtime evening in Nashville [...]

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Nobel 2016 Revisited

Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature. When the award was announced last October, people who care about such things were either elated or outraged: Fans of the man felt that Dylan’s work deserved such lofty accolades, but writerly snobs — the worst snobs — looked down on the troubadour, his popular music, and [...]

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Silvia Spring

he poet at the beginning of her process. Here’s the word… The first poem revealed, “To a Refractory Santa Claus,” is about Spain and “consists of two 11-line verses and pleads for escape from the cruelties of an English winter to the fresh fruit and sunshine of warmer climes,” according to The Guardian. The next [...]

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Listen to the Lion

Usually on Fridays I just post something from my blog’s archive, and I’ll do that today as well, but first this: I write a monthly column for the Nashville Scene that previews the First Saturday art events that happen at two different gallery crawls all over the city. I don’t get a ton of words [...]

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Sun Ra Christmas 2016

Well it’s starting to feel like the year is really winding down as we’re swinging into the last days before Christmas. If you are travelling be safe. If you are staying put be grateful and generous. Thanks to everybody who reads these rants and comments and shares them. Every time we interact over these peculiar [...]

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Buk Toons

For some reason the fall always seems like the most poetic season — the best season for writing and reading verse. I think it has something to do with darkness. I think it has something to do with the cold and the damp that begins to creep into the coming Southern winter. I think it [...]

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Striking Slaves, Stinging Bees

You might not know it, but here in America we’re nearly one full month into a prison workers’ strike that began on September 9 on the anniversary of the Attica Uprising. I say you may not know it because the mainstream media doesn’t recognize detainees as human beings, and doesn’t think to illuminate the fact [...]

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