Why Arts? Making the Case

August 31, 2001 by admin
Allen Ginsberg begins his essay "Meditation and Poetics" with this paragraph: "It's an old tradition in the West among great poets that poetry is rarely thought of as 'just poetry.' Real poetry practitioners are practitioners of mind awareness, or practitioners of reality, expressing their fascination with the phenomenal universe and trying to penetrate to the heart of it. Poetics isn't mere picturesque dilettantism or egotistical expressionism for craven motives grasping for sensation and flattery. Read More...
September 30, 2000 by admin
2000, 122 pages; Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), Denver Colorado, 303-629-1166. Read More...
May 31, 2000 by admin
1999, 316 pages, $22.50 (softcover); New York University Press, New York and London Read More...
September 30, 1998 by admin
Why are you engaged in your current field of work? What significant lessons have you learned along the way? These are questions we ask of applicants to the Durfee Foundation's Sabbatical program, an initiative that provides "time off" to leaders in the nonprofit sector in Los Angeles. Sadly, arts applicants to the program have had difficulty providing compelling answers. By and large, their attempts to explain their commitment to their chosen field have been weak, particularly in comparison to their peers in the social services. Read More...