Friday, March 21, 2014

Peter Gabriel song also eulogy for past era of LA poetry.

YouTube link to Peter Gabriel's "We Do What We're Told":

Yes, I'm aware that people have life changes that divert them from their former activity in poetry.

But I've also seen the "don't ask questions, just accept and eat whatever the Leaders put in front of you" attitude in poets doing their best to avoid the fate of Irrelevance to the current scene.

And this is too bad, because, even at its sometimes preening, bullying worst, the days of late 1990s to early 2000s inspired genuine fellowship and the feeling that a place for you existed at the table--no matter  if you were a beginner or Published Poet/Professor.

That's over now.

Again, a toast to what once existed when Pete Justus, T. J. Sullivan, Jack Shafer and John Harris were part of the birth and early years of The Rapp Saloon in Santa Monica.

That's over now.

1 comment:

  1. I just keep trying to write good poetry and flip off the haters.