“Failing to fetch me at first, keep encouraged. Missing me one place, search another. I stop somewhere waiting for you.” ― Walt Whitman, Song of Myself
Harriet Monroe and "Poetry" Magazine
John Barr, one of the editors of the magazine today, wrote an article in September 2006, where he stated, "American poetry is ready for something new because our poets have been writing in the same way for a long time now. There is fatigue, something stagnant about the poetry being written today."
"The poets of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe take responsibility for breaking all boundaries that limit and diminish the impact of their work. It is at the heart of the matter to move their work from the Cafe into other communities of the city in order to break racial patterns that tend to isolate these communities into ethnic pockets that are enclosed and without intercommunication...Thus the artist becomes the catalyst through which social change is made." Miguel Algarin 'The Sidewalk of High Art' from 'Aloud: Voices From the Nuyorican Poets Cafe.'
Naropa and "The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics"
The programs offered at the University are run on a principle called contemplative education. The program is centered around Shambhala Buddhism and some of the requirements for a degree are meditation, a knowledge of the Japanese Tea Ceremony, Tuijiquan, a knowledge of the Christian Labrynth, ikebara, and a mixture of neo-pagan rituals.
In Jennifer's article she explained how the 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center opened it's doors in 1939 with a spectacular line up that included William Carlos Williams, W.H. Auden, Langston Hughes, T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Marianne Moore, and Wallace Stevens.
A socialist construction worker, strongly influenced by Carl Sandburg, Marc started competitive poetry readings at the "Get Me High Lounge" in 1984. Marc felt that the success of his competitions was the perfect way to "stick it to the man," so to speak, and moved the venue to the "Green Mill" in 1986.