Pete Lee

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Snakeskin Boots (click me)

Heard at the "Did I Mention The Free Wine" tour/poetry reading hosted by Felix Dennis.

What was striking about Felix Dennis were his stories about how he used poetry to climb out of the chasm of crack cocaine addiction that afflicted him for two years. At the bottom of one of his poems, Our Lady In White, he mentions the quote that "cocaine is God's way of telling you that you have too much money."

The owner of Maxim and Stuff magazines, he focuses part of his time on philanthropic pursuits and things like giving away excellent wine at his tour, served with appetizers by darkly clad servers; he noted that it was important to simply "fritter away some of your money" to the support of these sorts of things. He wanted to evacuate some of the rarified air that permeates aspects of poetry, and emphasize one key element: the use of a few, carefully arranged words to describe and evoke a visceral experience to a reader in a modern world.

Along with fiber, there should be more poetry in the diets of Americans.

N.B. Another one of my favorite poets, Pablo Neruda, and a selected poem from Twenty Love Poems: A Song of Despair. You may have heard about this poet in a well-known foreign language film.


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