10.12.2004

So how again does this relate poetry to a Roman Catholic archbishop not supporting Kerry? I would like to add, to those 75% of people who are not or were not practising and believing Roman Catholics, that the church does not condone in vitro fertilisation or any sort of birth control whatever including condoms and c.i., and that it trickily dances around the topic of the rhythm method. So, pro-choice (as opposed to pro-life or "culture of life") here really does not represent "abortion" but, actually, "choice."

Like the mullahs in several war-torn countries, and like many fundamentalist preachers in the United States, millions of people all over the world have realized that ethical life wouldn't require as much thought if there were one set of laws or allowable acts, and if those laws were in a book, and those laws were at once very much part of a universal culture (felt to be "innate" or "self-evident" -- i.e., one would hope someone doing something currently legal in the US such as buying an automatic weapon to take out a bunch of school kids -- would sense "wrong" even before the kids were dead and something illegal were done, and would have the same sensation if doing that in oh, Canada, where surely that's illegal) and part of contemporary culture (that there weren't culture clashes, or culture wars, that culture were codified and consistent -- say revealed by a higher power or part of the structure of the universe or something).

Now, this has very much to do with culture and writing. It also has to do with thinking and technology.
In poetry, like the U.S. Constitution, the author only has the opportunity to reinterpret the writing for a relatively short period of time -- say, 50 years or so -- sort of like copyright law terms used to be.

Poetry professional interpreters generally take over, and so they are sort of like judges and lawyers. Plus, the culture -- and the beliefs and practices that underlie it -- changes.

Contemporary American society is, and has been since, oh, the beginning of World War I, let's say, a culture of hypocracy. American religion is part of that culture, so is our pop culture, our politics, etc. The recent scandals in the Roman Catholic church -- because pedophilia was treated as a breach of doctrinal celibacy, I think, rather than as a violent crime -- are more severe than the comparative fundamentalist preacher scandals. A preacher embezzling from easily-led proles, er, constituents, er, "sheep", and / or having sex with them is not mistaking church law for state law. He is simply breaking (government) laws and / or doing something that he *says he believes* and *encourages others to believe* is a sin.

I am not surprised that several poets that I love were enamored with the idea of sincerity in poetry. I am not surprised that most of those same poets were political in an outspoken way.

One of the reasons I wrote such a crazy bio for DaDaDa, a book which has a center section based on female saints' AND heretics' writing called "Heresy," was so potential readers could perhaps see the relationship of my likely experience to my writing poetry with a source in other writing.

But one of the other reasons I wrote those poems was to see what would happened with interpretation of women's thinking and writing and actions if "god was cut out" from writings at a time where only religious women generally were able to and did write, and when they were most often forced to write under pain of death (the reason they violated cultural dissuasions to write). Women, if able to read, were often taught TO READ ONLY. So I wanted the poems to be readings and changing in readings and in media as well.

When you change writing so much, is there a thread that emerges, a "sincerity"? Or is it only the author which emerges? Who is relying on whose truth-telling? And in a culture of hypocracy, where rhetoric / persuasion stands for truth, where is poetry?


My husband sent me a link to an AOL story about Roman Catholic archbishops "coming out" against Kerry because of his stances regarding choice and stem cell research. The article mentions that unaccountably the church is not mentioning unilateral war, nuclear proliferation, death penalty, trade policies which turn a blind eye to effective slavery in new economies, etc.

Of course, it is simple to argue about babies.

It is also simplistic to argue about the separation of church and state: while it is a part of the constitution, it both is and is not a foundational aspect of the constitution. It is a tenet which was very much reinterpreted in the modern era, and is still being reinterpreted today. For example, the motto, our money, the pledge... all mention God, i.e., a Christian god.

Why is the church not mentioning a religious war in a region of continued political instability due to religious war?

Well, let's face it, it was awfully convenient when Reagan rhetorically fought all those atheist Marxists and dictators of Eastern Europe at the end of the cold war -- a magical deal between pop culture (western music, film, tv) and organized religious to capture hearts and minds -- and so not very surprising that religious / nationalist dictators have lept into the breach, and that countries not unlike Iraq utterly disintegrated. Just an example that lept to mind of a religious war the church -- well, certainly the pope-as-a-human-being -- supported and now seems to support by saying nothing.

Before I wade into my feeble understanding of Islam, I want to at least try to tie this into what this blog's supposed to be about -- poetry.


10.11.2004

Poetry site from the Netherlands with a translation!

http://www.poeziepamflet.nl/


Oh, did you know that you can write a little course -- questions, etc. -- for book groups and courses -- info about your book -- at -- I think it is B&N.com (Barnes & Noble online). I'll try to post it here -- I made one for DaDaDa -- more as a funny "product", an odd sort of writing / template for a "work" -- than something useful to a book club --
I'm going to be interviewed for Ready Steady books. There's a blog too.

http://www.readysteadybook.com

http://www.readysteadybook.com/blog.html

I've decided to answer some of the existing i-view questions as a warm-up.

In other news, there's a translation of part of "Palm Anthology" into Dutch! online:

[link to come]

Got an e-mail from the translator, who is an Air Force pilot. Military Industrial complex? What to do. I am now contracting at NBC Universal. I'm calling it my Christmas job, editing some online help for PAIRS, the participants and residuals system.

Had to take a little joke of a quiz for SOX (Sarbanes-Oxley), as the program I work with is a financials program.

As you may know, H'wood studios are often accused of creative accounting! Each contract for each person involved with a movie can contain completely different terms, with different definitions, from the other contracts.

The sysyem remakes boilerplate templates for reports off a relational database on the fly. "What's related" in the db has the change! Or at least the labels and the calculations done with the items.


Happy Columbus Day from California, where it is not celebrated. That's right, the libraries and post offices are closed, the stock exchange is closed, but the schools here are open. Some schools call it Indigenous Peoples Day. No studios have off -- perhaps part of the reason it is not celebrated by schools, etc. We get the day after Thanksgiving off instead.