We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Maggie's Farm is determined to do its part in bringing poetry back into style. We have always been intellectual fashion leaders..really! Cutting edge, or as J.S. says, "bleeding edge." Poetry is just the words - without the music. Our souls have to add the music, mainly by reading it out loud. My beef with Shakespeare education is that they make the dopey kids READ it. Wrong! as Jim Cramer would say. It has to be seen and heard - it was never meant to be read in study hall (and - dont forget, Teacher - it is called entertainment). It's the difference between looking at a blueprint and walking through a building. Anyway, I am so pleased that the good old liberal Camille Paglia has done this book. At Maggie's, we have had the belief that good poetry crystallizes chunks of life in a magical way. How you narrow it down to 43 is beyond me (cannot be done), but she did a book-thing. Snappy title: Click here: Amazon.com: Books: Break, Blow, Burn : Camille Paglia Reads Forty-three of the World's Best Poems