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ROBERT P. BEVERIDGE : Shadow of the Rose
DENNIS WRIGHT : The Goal and Challenge of American Poetry
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Let's make everything smaller, easier to handle, like cell phones and laptops, like radios and TVs before them. We could shrink things down to a size we can put in a pocket or we can hold in one hand, spin around and observe in detail, really know them and what they are about, more manageable and understandable. It's all a matter of scale. The world is too much with us and too much for us to deal with. Economics and politics, issues and problems now are global whole nations and cultures and races demand attention. Our imaginations try to stretch, to reach, try to take things on and fail. Imagine a pandemic, global warming, multi-national corporations. Imagine whole regions of the world, whole generations, the west, the east, the middle east. It's like trying to think of long term outcomes with a short attention span. It's Like counting the war dead was it fifty or a hundred thousand when one small death staggers us.
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Shadow of the Rose
Father pinned a rose to Mother's chest we were asleep and we dreamed the footsteps of the men coming into the house Father pinned a rose to Mother's chest we were in the kitchen eating breakfast and trying to hear the men's muted conversation in our parents' bedroom Father pinned a rose to Mother's chest when the men came down the stairs they were wearing white and carrying a bag it was black and plastic with a zipper and we wondered what was in it Father pinned a rose to Mother's chest when at last he came downstairs to kiss and send us off to school he told us we could have the day off Father pinned a rose to Mother's chest
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The Goal and Challenge of American Poetry

The notion of independence lives at a uniquely poignant junction in American life and thought. It seems to reside between the birth of the individual and the death of tyranny. Here it operates as the spirit of American intellectual and artistic endeavors declaring representation of an act is an act itself.

In this representation the individual is the axiom. Embodied in the axiom are the values of community as seen through the eyes of the common person. A person raises to defend others and the ideal of home. That same person looks suspiciously at calls for higher values from a personalized viewpoint and often appears responding in less than a rational manner to a perceived threat. The common person accepts the model of self reliance as reality in the face of a world of multiplicity.

That which is universal is contained by that which is acknowledged. All events depend on other events and change can be almost imperceptible. Art springs from myth and myth is about how humans convey their understanding of life.

We keep mythic stories shorter than they really are so we may convey an idea with some clarity. Myth relies on words to express large ideas in small text. Myth acknowledges what is known and hints at what is not known.

And so here is the goal and challenge of American poetry. To provide an understanding of life as it is large while using a medium that is necessarily small. An American poetry must see that independent axiom to be understood. It is entirely within their poetic vision that American poets address their ease or discomfort with the place where our values live.

Poetry endangers the established order
of the soul - Plato

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poetryrepairs #196 14.01:001

ROBERT P. BEVERIDGE : Shadow of the Rose
DENNIS WRIGHT : The Goal and Challenge of American Poetry

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