Challenge To Young Digital Kids

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  • Challenge To Young Digital Kids

    1. 1. EXCERPTS FROM LAWRENECE FERLINGHETTI’S CHALLENGE TO YOUNG POETS AND * POETRY AS INSURGENT ART … AMANDA MOONEY
    2. 2.
    3. 3. INVENT A NEW LANGUAGE ANYONE CAN UNDERSTAND
    4. 4. *MAKE COMMON WORDS UNCOMMON
    5. 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. 6. WRITE LIVING NEWSPAPERS…
    7. 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. 8. WRITE ENDLESS POEMS ABOUT YOUR LIFE ON EARTH OR ELSEWHERE
    9. 9. *READ BETWEEN THE LIVES WRITE BETWEEN THE LINES
    10. 10. AVOID THE PROVINCIAL, GO FOR THE UNIVERSAL
    11. 11. THINK SUBJECTIVELY, WRITE OBJECTIVELY
    12. 12. THINK LONG THOUGHTS IN SHORT SENTENCES
    13. 13. DON’T ATTEND POETRY WORKSHOPS, BUT IF YOU DO, DON’T LEARN “ HOW TO ” BUT “ WHAT ” (WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO WRITE ABOUT)
    14. 14. DON’T BOW DOWN TO CRITICS WHO HAVE NOT YET WRITTEN GREAT MASTERPIECES THEMSELVES
    15. 15. DON’T CONTEMPLATE YOUR NAVEL IN POETRY AND THINK THE REST OF THE WORLD IS GOING TO THINK IT’S IMPORTANT
    16. 16. WORK ON A FRONTIER, IF YOU CAN FIND ONE
    17. 17. ASSOCIATE WITH THINKING POETS. THEY’RE HARD TO FIND.
    18. 18. CULTIVATE DISSIDENCE AND CRITICAL THINKING. “ FIRST THOUGHT, BEST THOUGHT” …FIRST THOUGHT MAY BE WORST THOUGHT
    19. 19. WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND? WHAT DO YOU HAVE IN MIND? OPEN YOUR MOUTH AND STOP MUMBLING
    20. 20. DON’T BE SO OPENMINDED THAT YOUR BRAINS FALL OUT
    21. 21. QUESTION EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE. BE SUBVERSIVE, CONSTANTLY QUESTIONING REALITY AND THE STATUS QUO
    22. 22. BE A POET, NOT A HUCKSTER
    23. 23. DON’T CATER, DON’T PANDER, ESPECIALLY TO POSSIBLE AUDIENCES, READERS, EDITORS, OR PUBLISHERS.
    24. 24. BE COMMITED TO SOMETHING OUTSIDE OF YOURSELF . BE MILITANT ABOUT IT OR ESTATIC.
    25. 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. 26. *STASH YOUR SELL-PHONE AND BE HERE NOW
    27. 27. ” ALL QUOTES BORROWED VERBATIM FROM FERLINGHETTI MOSTLY FROM CHALLENGE TO YOUNG POETS OTHERWISE FROM POETRY AS INSURGENT ART INDICATED BY *

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