I cannot tell you how happy this article makes me. Ideas like this are why I live my life.
How often do you sit around asking “What can we do? What can we do?”
The world’s problems are so large and our ability to affect change is deliberately kept as minimal as possible.
But you can put this word next to that word and, even if you can’t write, even if you dare not write, you can say them, quietly to yourself.
The second major section of the book, “What Is Poetry?,” was started by Ferlinghetti in the late 1950s; here he provides backup for his argument for the importance of poetry, and that “life lived with poetry in mind is itself an art.” Here, the political returns – somewhat – to the personal, as “poetry is the shortest distance between two humans,” is “the anarchy of the senses making sense”; and “it is a pulsing fragment of the inner life, an untethered music” which “restores wonder and innocence.”
Woo hoo! That’s good stuff, a blessing to unsettled folks.
Happy New Year!