Me: But we had this discussion, and now I’m feeling kinda weird about…politics. And the future of America, kinda.
Stacen: feeling weird? why?
Me: Well.Just that the economy is obviously in really bad shape, and there’s a huge imbalance of wealth.So it seems like there need to be some big changes.But I don’t think something like Occupy Wall Street is really of any use.So…what can we do? Stacen: I think we need to stop panickingseriously, like EVERYONE needs to stop panickingnot just here, but over in Europe tooyou know, the economy is something we MADE UPwe invented that shitand yet we act like it’s something completely out of our hands and that we can’t controland all we need is confidence in it (and in ourselves to handle it) to really get it back on trackI mean, I know that’s kind of simplisticbut if everybody just calmed the fuck down, it would seriously improve the situation Stacen: Of course, I also think that Americans shouldn’t be so afraid of not being the most important country in the worldhistorically, losing political and economic supremacy has never ruined a nationin fact, it’s taken a lot of pressure off Me: ok.But I’m thinking less about stockbrokers and banks, and bailouts and things like that.And more about the fact that there are all of these bankers that are doing exceedingly well.Whereas 99% of Americans are suffering from the financial crisis.And we live in a society that is structurally built to support that, and I’m not sure what sort of interior changes we’d have to make to fix that sort of imbalance. Stacen: socialismAlso, Americans are too afraid of socialism. I really don’t know what’s wrong with us. Me: ha, I mean, I’m all for socialism too, I think.Certainly tenets of socialism.But…I’m not sure how we’d go about instigating those kinds of changes.Part of it is that I don’t think I know enough about how our capitalist economy works to confidently say, like, “we need to change x, y, and z.” Stacen: haha, we can’t! Me: But I also think that in the system we have, there are no changes like that that can be made…it’s not built that way.So.I dunno.It takes somebody much smarter than I am to figure it all out, I guess. Stacen: That’s because it basically isYou can’t force people to change their opinionsand to an extent, their opinions are based on some pretty solid principles, when you think about itIt’s just that the theory is a lot more solid than the practiceand not everyone sees the disparity Me: so what’s America gonna be like in 10 years, then?There’s gotta be a way to go about changing the practice now.
"Because Russian is an inflected and highly accented language, it is especially rich in rhymes and especially rhythmical. This helps to explain why Russian poetry is so widely known by heart. Russian poetry when read out loud, and particularly Mayakovsky’s, is nearer to rock than to Milton…these rhythmic and mnemonic qualities of Mayakovsky’s Russian are not, however, at the expense of content. The rhythmic sounds combine whilst their sense separates with extraordinary precision…Russian is also a language which lends itself easily through the addition of prefixes and suffixes, to the invention of new words whose meaning is nevertheless quite clear. All this offers opportunities to the poet as virtuoso: the poet as musician, or the poet as acrobat or juggler. A trapeze artist can bring tears to the eyes more directly than a tragedian." From "Mayakovsky: His Language and His Death," by John Berger with Anya Bostock
“I don’t call myself a poet, because I don’t like the word. I’m a trapeze artist." —Bob Dylan
1. ”Where this basic dull roar of a rhythm comes from is a mystery. I my case it’s all kinds of repetitions in my mind of noises, rocking motions, or in fact of any phenomenon with which I can associate a sound. The sound of the sea, endlessly repeated, can provide my rhythm, or a servant who slams the door every morning, recurring and intertwining with itself, trailing through my consciousness; or even the rotation of the earth, which in my case, as in a shop full of visual aids, gives way to, and inextricably connects with the whistle of a high wind.”
2. ”A poet regards every meeting, every signpost, every event in whatever circumstances simply as material to be shaped into words.”
"Andre Malraux (the autodidact writer turned minister of culture in the France of Charles de Gaulle) thought that the right to experience art individually, through a direct encounter with works of art and literature, was as important as the right to experience it collectively, through education. ‘Il y a la culture pour tous, et la culture pour chacun.’ There is a culture for all of us: what we are offered at schools and colleges—and then a culture for each one of us: what we get through, among other things, unique encounters with art, music and literature.” —from “Rendezvous with the Void” by Marc Valli