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Toggle Commented Nov 7, 2009 on Watching Students Eat at The Best American Poetry
Bill T. Jones has done it again. Globally recognized as icon and genius, he might have taken up the artist’s equivalent of daily golf and residency in a comfy condo in a Sunshine State. He might have lectured here, taught there (though only as a Distinguished Visitor), served as juror for prestigious prizes, and published his memoirs. The nomadic dance artist might have settled down. Not Bill T. Jones. Once again, he has cast himself into the sea of risk---with its stony shores and crazy currents. He is one of the prime movers in bringing a new musical called Fela!... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2009 at The Best American Poetry
Gone are the great public events of the last days---Halloween, the Marathon, the election, the World Series. The great crowds they drew have dissipated. The prosy days of mundanity return. For a glimpse of ordinary public life, go watch college students eat. I ordered a salad and a yoghurt in a cafeteria of a private urban university. How well the students eat, I marveled. The utensils may be plastic, but the gastronomy veers towards the sumptuousness of an upscale supermarket. The student body is multicultural. There are cuisines from a rich variety of traditions: a kosher room; a vegetarian salad... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2009 at The Best American Poetry
I long for a poet who can beat out some stanzas about November 3, 2009, in the United States, the day of an off-year, off-kilter election. Some clumps and clusters of citizens went to the polls. The results that we know are as messy as the country itself. By now even the most myopic of observers can list the signs of the mess. Maine mauls gay marriage. But Houston puts a lesbian into a run-off for mayor. New York elects a Democrat to Congress from a traditionally Republican district that the Limbaughers and Palinettes have staked out as a reserve... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2009 at The Best American Poetry
My neighbor in the elevator was giddy with excitement on Monday, November 2. He was on his way to Philadelphia. His family had tickets for the 5th game of the World Series between the Phillies and the Yankees. He was going to join a crowd enthralled with the fact of being at the game. The Phillie supporters would wave their white towels to create an energy flow for their champions. He, though normally an ironic man, would cheer and cheer for his Yankees. Lucky him? Most fans would say yes. I love sports and take sides, often rabidly. Watching Roger... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2009 at The Best American Poetry