Week Six , BREAKING CONFORMITY: THE BEATS
Yes, this should be interesting ! We have gone past the mid-point of the Modern and Contemporary Poetry Course at Pennsylvania. We have read a lot of poets, submitted discussions, and we have even done some quizzes. At one point I forgot The Quizzes and missed a deadline. I must admit to not liking the quizzes, but sure you can't have it all !
Poets covered in Breaking Conformity, The Beats are:
- Allen Ginsberg
- Jack Kerouac
- Robert Creeley
- Anne Waldman
- Amiri Baraka
Our next writing assignment begins on the 22nd of October and this generally gives one a little more time to read the poems, rather than to do evaluations. I like evaluations , although this week I just did four as I as strapped for free-time . I spent a little less time responding in the discussion forums than I would have liked. So for now to reading...
This week began in a slightly fraught manner due to a burgeoning diary, a reading coming up in Galway, a Lament (that I wrote for three voices, now requiring the third voice), a few conversations on copyright and license and a whole lot of editing. I am trying not to put down threads for discussion, as my time is now carefully carved out, and my brain is slightly exhausted.
Kerouac has been my favourite writer this week and I had not read much of him before now. I enjoy his prose , I am reading it now between typings and talking to singers. I do not know if this will all calm down in the coming weeks but I continue to enjoy the course and get the most I can from it. Thanks to the people who evaluated my essay on imagism.
Back to Kerouac and ,
'Aw rust rust rust rust die die die pipe pipe ash ash die die ding dong ding...' (so mood-fitting for a Monday Morning)
I read it out loud and mostly I startled the cat.
Tuesday : Listening now to Waldman's 'Rogue State' which I love and which reminds me of Sean-Nós singing: singing an air from the heart, acapella and unscripted .. Beautiful !
The more I read in this course, the more intrigued I become. my favourite poem thus far is Frost's Mending Wall.