Barry Spector's Blog – September 2015 Archive (4)

Barry’s Blog # 149: The Joys (and Curious Political Implications) of Reciting Poetry

Do you remember the film, “Il Postino?” A barely literate postman steals one of Pablo Neruda’s poems to impress his lover. When Neruda catches him at this plagiarism, the postman blurts out, “Poetry does not belong to those who made it. It belongs to those who need it!” How about William Carlos Williams: “It’s difficult to get the news from poetry. Yet men die every day – miserably – for the lack of what’s in there.” Or Hafiz: “The great religions are ships; the poets…


Added by Barry Spector on September 29, 2015 at 3:58pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 148: The True Story of the Unconscious Emissary

The True Tale of the Unconscious Emissary 

Boston, Summer of 1970.

I lived in a communal apartment that we called “The Zoo”. We had little money but plenty of books, art supplies, records, condoms, wine and pot. We ate more macaroni than vegetables or meat. Our dining table was a door resting on milk crates; our most important possessions were our record player and a water pipe made from a one-gallon bottle lashed to a couple of roller-skates. We were several…


Added by Barry Spector on September 20, 2015 at 4:05pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 147: Let’s Talk About Me — Part Two of Two

Leona Tockey (1925-2015)


Leona Tockey had one hell of a story, or in mythological terms, a cycle of stories all centering around a heroic figure who traditionally leaves the comfort of the known, descends into the underworld and returns sadder but wiser. Born in 1925 in Montana, she suffered years of sexual abuse by her father. As an adult she married, raised…


Added by Barry Spector on September 16, 2015 at 4:40pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 146: Let’s Talk About Me — Part One of Two

I’m judgmental and tend toward the curmudgeonly. That said, I freely admit to enjoying typologies, systems that classify everyone. They can be useful up to a point, but they can be fun (There are three kinds of people in the world: those who can count, and those who can’t). So here’s another one. I divide people into three main groups in terms of how we communicate with each other. These are ridiculously broad generalizations (that’s another thing I do), so I invite you to see if or…


Added by Barry Spector on September 9, 2015 at 7:36pm — No Comments

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