Friday, February 28, 2014

JASON COLLINS

The way in which Jason Collins re-entered the NBA as its first openly gay player illustrates the importance of sexual orientation in team sports:

Zero.

It wasn't, "Let me play even though I'm gay."

It was, "I'm gay and I can play."

Jason Collins was likened to Dodgers legend Jackie Robinson for ...

Nearing the end of his career, no NBA teams picked him up after his "I'm gay" announcement.

Then, mid-season the Brooklyn Nets had a vacancy in their roster.  They looked around, and found that the very best person in the world available to fill that vacancy was Jason Collins.

So they signed him.

Because they needed him.

By the way, there's still a glaring vacancy in pro sports: who will be the first white player to come out?

It's like, Do black folk have to do everything???

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Saturday, February 08, 2014

"WORDTINGLE"

Recently responding to a despairing poet, I promulgated a new definition of poetry:

Poetry is wordtingle.

Here is my current view of poetics.

I think you are attached to the words/notions, "poem" and "poet."

I suggest you abandon those terms completely; they are limiting your perspective.

Substitute the term, "wordtingle." (Call me a German, I smash words together.)

Almost nobody who is not a participant in the poetry industry buys poems. (By participant I mean students, teachers, critics, publishers, and would-be poets themselves.)

There is a huge audience for wordtingle.

Let me suggest: "Word combinations so beautiful they make you tingle."

Rather than say, "I'd like to recite a poem I wrote recently," say, "Here are some words that (I hope) will make you tingle."

It's a high bar. It's a very high bar.

People hate "poetry" because most things that are called poems simply don't make them tingle.

(BTW: Viewing a great painting makes me tingle.)

Nobody seeks out haikus. But write a beautiful prose sentence with the haiku-number of syllables and people will like it. They might even repeat it. What is gained by breaking it into three lines except to deem the sentence "precious"?

A poem is an utterance repeated word-for-word for aesthetic purposes. A poem is like a toy--a toy gains life only when a child plays with it, a poem, only when it's repeated.

Abandon verse. Write only prose. Write only sentences that obey the rules of grammar and syntax. Read every sentence aloud many times. Modify each sentence until it sounds really good.

Continue this process until the utterance makes you tingle. If it doesn't make you tingle, why would you foist it on someone else as "poetry"?

Clarity of meaning allows us to relax and enjoy the sound.

Every sentence must make perfect sense, AND sound really good.

Summary: Forget "poetry." Write beautiful sentences instead. Apply/publish them in everyday discourse and media.

People praise beauty all the time.

Willie

BTW: This email is written in what I call "e-verse." People hate (and won't read through) paragraphs on computer screens that are any longer than those above.

(c) Copyright 2014 William Morrissey All Rights Reserved.

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Saturday, January 04, 2014

DON'T BUY OBAMA'S BOOK

If Barack Obama has anything interesting to tell us about his administration he should tell us now, for no charge, as part of his duties as president.

I would bet it all the Barry is already negotiating a series of books, memoirs, about his presidency, and what he really thinks about things.

This is part of his post-presidency income plan.

Another thought.  Do you own, or do you know anyone else who owns a copy of Obama's previous two books?  I don't.

How many copies has Penny Pritzker bought?

penny

You know Penny... she's US Secretary of Commerce.  In our blockaded congress Penny's nomination sailed through the Senate almost unopposed and almost unreported.

She's Barry's billionaire.  Every politician needs a billionaire. Plutocracy!

Has Penny been storing all those copies of her princess' books? Or has she already pulped them?

Note: Barry is as yet just a "Penny's Princess." Their deal is he becomes a Prince only when he cuts Social Security.

If nobody buys Obama's post-presidential books, maybe somebody will notice when Penny has to buy them all.

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