Thursday, March 8, 2018

Friday, March 2, 2018

Dickinson, Punk Rock, Dreams

oh hi

"Tell all the truth but tell it slant --" Dickinson wrote, "Success in Circuit lies". There's much to agree with there, and intuitively this feels true. No one likes to be lectured or preached at. No one likes to be told what's good or bad for them, and doing so just assures that a certain segment of the population will do the opposite if for no other reason than to be spiteful.

you can buy this as a t-shirt, natch

I believe this indirect approach to be true for sensitive matters in life (politics, religion, etc.). I believe it to be true for a lot in art as well...but not always. I've always loved the strident manifesto! I've always loved the amateur-ish spirit that infuses and drives punk rock, the idea that no middleman is necessary, that anyone can pick up a pencil or guitar and go for it, no permission needed.

I'm sure that this DIY spirit has yielded disastrous results better left unseen and unheard. I'm equally sure that the highly educated and highly trained have produced artful works that are total snores. Subtlety is great. So is blunt force.

And so there you have it. This poem, "Dreams", up right now at Muskeg, isn't terribly subtle. It names its subject and then moves through different dreams, real and imagined, personal and universal. It felt refreshing to write something so straightforward. Sometimes the direct route is best.