Thursday, January 04, 2007

Major blog features Lindsay at poetry slam

Daily Kos, considered by many to be one of the most influential blogs on the Internet, was the scene of a virtual poetry slam hosted by blogger Darrell J. Gahm on Saturday, December 23, 2006. Gahm kicked off the event with "The Congo," "What the Moon Saw," and "The Doll on the Topmost Bough," all by Vachel Lindsay.

Knowing the essence of Lindsay's work, Gahm made an audio version of his own recitation of "The Congo" available at the blog.

Gahm referred to Lindsay as "relatively obscure". He appears to have come to him (or was reminded of him) by the new biography of King Leopold, "King Leopold's Ghost," that takes its title from "The Congo".

Looking back on the many blog entries mentioning Lindsay in 2006, the blogoshere may well breathe new life into interest not just in Vachel's poetry, but in all poetry.

10 comments:

Hakim Baker said...
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Hakim Baker said...

Sorry, I published my comment when I wanted to preview it!

It's nice to hear about people hearing about Vachel. It so happens my wife visited his house the other day.

I have The Gospel of Beauty on my blog.

Springfield Awake, Springfield Aflame!

Larry Stevens said...

Hakim, thanks so much for the link. I'm currently preparing presentation material on Lindsay's "New Localism" to accompany a recitation of his "Gospel of Beauty program."

Your post really shows the enduring relevance of Lindsay's message.

Hakim Baker said...

Cool--when/where will this presentation be presented?

We remain torn--stay in the city or homestead in the country? Find a cooler place or stick it out in Spfld and hope our small influences amplify to make it a more habitable city?

We recently printed a zine called The Village Magazine, full of millennial visions and rambles. Greening the desert; how to make wine.

Lew Jaffe said...

This morning(1/21) I posted some information about Vachel Lindsay on the bookplate blog
Http://bookplatejunkie.blogspot.com
Lewis Jaffe Philadelphia, Pa.

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