|On Ginsberg's "America": "[I]t is still hard to believe that this alternately prophetic, rhapsodic, comic, and nostalgic style could appear unliterary."|
The most artificial and consequently the most convincing way to do this would be to compose a short continuous history of American poetry beginning at the turn of the century and showing how poetry and sensibility continued to change from salient moment to salient moment till we run out of salient moments.
[Antin then quotes from Ginsberg's "America":]
America stop pushing I know what I'm doing America the plum blossoms are falling I haven't read the newspapers for months everyday some- body goes on trial for murder. America I feel sentimental about the Wobblies America I used to be a communist when I was a kid I'm not sorry I smoke marijuana every chance I get. I sit in my house for days on end and star at roses in the closet When I go to Chinatown I get drunk and never get laid
The success of the style can be measured by the degree to which the"estab- lishment" critics responded to this poetry as anti-poetry, anti-literature,
|One of the greatest performance poets of this century, David Antin is well known internationally for his "talk poems" -- brilliantly spun improvisatory fables of contemporary society using all the traditional rhetorical and prosodic devices of poetry.|