“The creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act.”
A publisher recently asked me what I meant by “beat.”
The word beat comes from “beat” as in music. The beat poets often performed in conjunction with instruments. “Beat” also means defeated and “beat” as in beatify means to make blessed. What do you think beat poetry means?
“The third war was for the words: written, spoken, whispered.” Holly Karapetkova
I wonder how often we fight over words. Politicians and lawyers argue over the words used in laws that will determine inhibitions to our behaviour. And what of the privileged language? The one that is used, say English, over others, where not everyone speaks the privileged language. And what about dialects within that privileged language. The British caste system of upper middle class dialect versus cockney.
What do you think about the war of words?
The Gallery of Readers will present four poets, including Jonathan Wright and Eileen Kennedy, at 7 pm on Friday, July 29 at the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton, MA. This reading is in conjunction with the exhibit “Gathering of Light.” Join us.
Voices for Resistance Reading Monday June 4 at 7 pm at the Forbes Library Coolidge Museum, Northampton, MA
Features Martin Espada, Nicole M. Young, the Nields, with Maria Jose Gimenez, Lauren Marie Schmidt, Eileen P. Kennedy, Ellen LaFleche, Dina Friedman, Christopher J. Sparks and Theresa Vincent. An open mic will be available for readers who come by 6:45 pm.
Free to Attend. Open to the Public.
The Quabbin Writers Salon will read on Saturday April 21 in the Amherst Room of the Jones Library in Amherst at 3 pm from their anthology, Microbursts. Come join us.
I am very grateful that Mass Poetry has used one of my poems for “Poem of the Moment.” It will be up until April 17. Check it out: