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Eljay Ryan
Eljay Ryan Decatur / United States, Female, 58
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  • POEM: The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams (10/1/2012 3:28:00 PM)

    The best, most beautiful poem I've ever experienced.

  • POEM: Father Death Blues by Allen Ginsberg (10/1/2012 3:24:00 PM)

    Having heard him perform this several times with the harmonium, I can attest to the performance completely changing the experience of the poem. Some commenters don't seem to want to allow for the Buddhist context that permeates his work in this period, which I don't understand. We contextualize/historicize not to belittle but to better understand. For his mother, Ginsberg wrote a Kaddish on the occasion of her death - just 3 years before this poem for his father. It is but one part of a six or seven part series, and he is clearly exploring religious traditions in the face of death, loss.

  • POEM: Father Death Blues by Allen Ginsberg (10/1/2012 3:12:00 PM)

    Thank you for inviting me to read this poem. I am not overly fond of extended abstractions when there isn't a counterpoint of poetic specificity. It's obviously good, but could be so much better were you to unpack and even undermine the abstractions. It could be, I suppose, that you mean them to stand in as arrogance, and I like that - a lot - but think you should push it farther. (you've obviously got the talent!) I look forward to reading more...

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