Thursday, November 02, 2017
Even if poetry could go back to traditional rhythm, sound, and image it could still be boring
There are very few great poets, just as there are very few great philosophers, so even if poetry could go back to traditional rhythm, sound, and image it could still be boring. Like the abstractions of modern philosophers which lead nowhere, the images of modern poets also usually go nowhere.
The Beat poets felt the need to bring poetry back to the reality of the physical sexual world, they rejected traditional poetry for more reasons than hating capitalism or fidelity in marriage, they rejected traditional poetry because it was boring. The leftism and hedonism of the Beat poets, and later their Buddhism, was decadent and degenerate, but they were right about most traditional poetry being boring.
What is missing in both modern poetry and philosophy is the reality of the biological origin of most of our social behavior, including the social behavior of making poetry or philosophy. That is, the reality of being kin-centered, gender defined, age-graded, heterosexual, marriage-making, hierarchical, ethnocentric, even xenophobic, and religious-making, among other things, with group-selection as the primary unit of successful selection. When poetry or philosophy includes the blood and guts of those truths it is harder to be boring.