choriamb (choriamb) wrote,

Wichita Vortex Sutra

The Nation has picked up Rolf Pott's "The Last Antiwar Poem," originally published at The Believer.

The article talks much about Ginsberg's poem "Wichita Vortex Sutra," (Find the PDF here: http://www.allenginsberg.org/library.php?catalogue=Text&itemID=183&FileName=7007.pdf&AGTID=7007&FileType=pdf ) and charges that:

"Because Ginsberg's revelations are difficult--because they seem to question the potency of poetry--it's no surprise that the anniversary of 'Wichita Vortex Sutra' has been ignored this year, despite the poem's jarring relevance to the current American landscape.

"Instead, the poetry community will continue to focus on the anniversary of Howl--not just because 50 is a rounder number than 40, but because it's more enjoyable to celebrate the First Amendment triumph of an old sex-and-drugs anthem than wrestle with a poem that reminds us of the limitations of language in a political world."
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