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Challenge To Young Digital Kids

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  • 1. EXCERPTS FROM LAWRENECE FERLINGHETTI’S CHALLENGE TO YOUNG POETS AND * POETRY AS INSURGENT ART … AMANDA MOONEY
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  • 3. INVENT A NEW LANGUAGE ANYONE CAN UNDERSTAND
  • 4. *MAKE COMMON WORDS UNCOMMON
  • 5. BE NAÏVE, INNOCENT, NON-CYNICAL, AS IF YOU HAVE JUST LANDED ON EARTH (AS INDEED YOU HAVE), ASTONISHED BY WHAT YOU HAVE FALLEN UPON
  • 6. WRITE LIVING NEWSPAPERS…
  • 7. BE A REPORTER FROM OUTERSPACE, FILING DISPATCHES TO SOME SUPREME MANAGING EDITOR WHO BELIEVES IN FULL DISCLOSURE AND HAS A LOW TOLERANCE FOR HOT AIR
  • 8. WRITE ENDLESS POEMS ABOUT YOUR LIFE ON EARTH OR ELSEWHERE
  • 9. *READ BETWEEN THE LIVES WRITE BETWEEN THE LINES
  • 10. AVOID THE PROVINCIAL, GO FOR THE UNIVERSAL
  • 11. THINK SUBJECTIVELY, WRITE OBJECTIVELY
  • 12. THINK LONG THOUGHTS IN SHORT SENTENCES
  • 13. DON’T ATTEND POETRY WORKSHOPS, BUT IF YOU DO, DON’T LEARN “ HOW TO ” BUT “ WHAT ” (WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO WRITE ABOUT)
  • 14. DON’T BOW DOWN TO CRITICS WHO HAVE NOT YET WRITTEN GREAT MASTERPIECES THEMSELVES
  • 15. DON’T CONTEMPLATE YOUR NAVEL IN POETRY AND THINK THE REST OF THE WORLD IS GOING TO THINK IT’S IMPORTANT
  • 16. WORK ON A FRONTIER, IF YOU CAN FIND ONE
  • 17. ASSOCIATE WITH THINKING POETS. THEY’RE HARD TO FIND.
  • 18. CULTIVATE DISSIDENCE AND CRITICAL THINKING. “ FIRST THOUGHT, BEST THOUGHT” …FIRST THOUGHT MAY BE WORST THOUGHT
  • 19. WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND? WHAT DO YOU HAVE IN MIND? OPEN YOUR MOUTH AND STOP MUMBLING
  • 20. DON’T BE SO OPENMINDED THAT YOUR BRAINS FALL OUT
  • 21. QUESTION EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE. BE SUBVERSIVE, CONSTANTLY QUESTIONING REALITY AND THE STATUS QUO
  • 22. BE A POET, NOT A HUCKSTER
  • 23. DON’T CATER, DON’T PANDER, ESPECIALLY TO POSSIBLE AUDIENCES, READERS, EDITORS, OR PUBLISHERS.
  • 24. BE COMMITED TO SOMETHING OUTSIDE OF YOURSELF . BE MILITANT ABOUT IT OR ESTATIC.
  • 25. TO BE A POET AT 16 IS TO BE 16 TO BE AT POET AT 40 IS TO BE A POET. BE BOTH.
  • 26. *STASH YOUR SELL-PHONE AND BE HERE NOW
  • 27. ” ALL QUOTES BORROWED VERBATIM FROM FERLINGHETTI MOSTLY FROM CHALLENGE TO YOUNG POETS OTHERWISE FROM POETRY AS INSURGENT ART INDICATED BY *