David Biespiel-Poet, Critic, Editor, Memoirist, Teacher – Political Commentary-A Mind like His Could Trap CAFO & GREENHOUSE GASES!
Biespiel speaking at the New School in New York, March 2016
|Born||18 February 1964
|Occupation||poet, critic, editor, memoirist, teacher|
|Genre||poetry, literary journalism, memoir, political commentary|
|Notable works||Republic Café (2019), The Education of a Young Poet(2017), A Long High Whistle(2015), Charming Gardeners(2013), The Book of Men and Women (2009), Wild Civility(2003)|
“Now I know the differences between violent, murdering extremism performed in the public square
And poetic experimentation performed in the literary square.
There is no moral equivalency between cold-blooded killers and literary-bound poets who practice an art of free-flowing creations constructed of a language that largely points to itself.
When it comes to free speech, I’m an absolutist.
I believe that free poetic speech should represent a front line — an avant-garde, one might say — Against totalitarianism of every kind including, in Salman Rushdie’s phrase, ‘religious totalitarianism’…
But let’s not kid ourselves either.
The differences may be measurable but the phenomena are not unrelated. Jihadists have adopted the zeal of deconstructing language, meaning, and metaphor …
[with] jihadi jingles and their hip-hop-esque scratching of modern-day military operations with ancient images of martyrdom.
Next time you wonder what oppression-loving, surface-to-air-missile-toting reactionaries with their entrenched tribal values of honor and shame stand for regarding the transparency of speech and language…
Have a listen to the way they love to glom onto the propaganda of anti-globalism…
When the world feels like it’s fragmenting into a million pieces, I don’t look for the poetry of fragmentation.
I don’t look for an aesthetic of discombobulation.
Instead, I look for the poetry of persuasive metaphor and communion and renewal …
and I look for poetry that contains at least the possibility, the necessity
& ‘Essential Spirit’ of COHERENT EMPATHY & UNDERSTANDING
Now that’s just me because I feel that practitioners of neomodernist and postmodernist poetry would easily argue through their poems that even fanatical jihadism is a project of postmodernism for its refusal of modernity as a battleground against Western imperialism and global markets.
If only this vision of postmodernist jihad didn’t include preventing merchants in repressive countries from rejoining the world marketplace.
If only this vision of postmodernist jihad didn’t include attacks on schools, especially schools for girls.
If only this vision of postmodernist jihad didn’t include, month after month, acts of kidnapping, rape, bombing, stabbings, shootings, and massacres.
If only once we would hear violent religious fanatics drop the doctrinal mask that never allows for compromise to say one word, just one word in favor of pluralism or individual liberty that is actually the foundation of experimental art and literature and music.
No, these postmodern jihadists favor and take advantage of disruption and fragmentation. They favor the denial of authority and the reduction of content to an austere minimum. They regard life and art as unreal.
They repudiate harmony and promote the arbitrary in order to avoid responsibility.
And they create chaos and disorder so that zealots can rush in.
Postmodern jihadists favor and take advantage of disruption and fragmentation…And they create chaos and disorder so that zealots can rush in.
ZEALOTS THAT WOULD ARE FOR TRUTH & UNDERSTANDING & NOT INHUMANE TREATMENT OF ANIMALS TO MAKE PROFIT BASED ON ‘IGNORANCE & DESIRE’!
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