Why the f#*k should
anybody boycott the Superbowl?
What do you think about
men playing a kids' game - with such ferocity?What do you think about the Babbitts who have changed the
game from what it is supposed to be? Mammon be damned!
I grew up a Baptist
minister's son. As a result, I abominate sermons and people who are
holier-than-me. Who do you think you are? Your recent blog-type pronouncements
from your artist's pulpit are at best annoying and at worst reprehensible. If
you wish to push your own poetry, good enough; if you wish to proselytize for
the arts, that's fine, but if you intend to attack other people's pleasures and
penchants for no other reason than that you think everybody ought to think and
act the way you do, that makes you a demagogue.
Maine is a hockey state. I
dislike hockey because I can't follow the puck, but I love football because I
played it in school as a kid and I enjoy ritual combat. Do I use my blog to
tell everyone they ought to boycott the Stanley Cup game and watch the
Superbowl instead? I don't. I watch the Superbowl one Sunday a year, and the
rest of the year I labor in the vineyards of literature because that's what
I've done my whole life.
You need to get your roles
straight. If you're a poet, be one; if you're a popularizer of the arts, okay.
But if you think you're a censor, join the Religious Right and continue to
speak ex cathedra to the rest of the intolerant jerks in an otherwise free
I wasn't politically correct, eh? Now that makes me
No, you weren't tolerant of other people; i.e., those
bourgeois "Babbitts" you mentioned. (I haven't
heard that word in a long time. I made a pun about
Victor Mature to a young person a while back. All
I got in return was a blank stare. We've gotten old,
Lew, It would shock many of my friends to hear it but I agree with your objection to Mr. Fallon's request to boycott the Superbowl. There are more grounds on which to object than just censorship, however, and I pity the learned man who cannot see in sports the beauty and erudition to be gleaned.
Once a civilization gets past providing the basic needs of nourishment, shelter and clothing, arts and play are the rewards we reap, and they are on a par. If you want to argue about which one is more important, you're splitting very fine hairs from the same head. If you want to boycott sports and do something better, join the Peace Corps, and teach Africans better farming. But try to ignore the fact that at the end of the day some of them will just as soon kick a ball around as sit round a fire and tell stories.
If Earth has music for those who listen, it can be found as much in sports as in the arts. I see beauty in a flawlessly executed forward pass, the tenacity and concentration of a pitcher executing a shutout, or the endurance of a marathon runner just as I do in verse, cinema, fiction - and my heart yearns for that achievement equally, longs for such satisfaction and attainment. If great literature ancient and contemporary can teach us morals by proxy, then so can the many characters and stories in the sports world. I empathize with the vicissitudes of various sportsmen as much as I do for characters in the greatest stories ever told - and perhaps more so because these people are real and in my time.
I owe much to my wife - a rabid Steelers fan - for teaching me these things, and I warn anyone to spar cautiously with her on this or any topic, including the arts.
Mills, Maine, 1 September 2008, Special
to the Dresden Mills Gazette. Attention
atheists and agnostics! There may be a God after all, according to Clerics
Anonymous of St. Paul, MN.
After a flawless and spectacular Democratic National
Convention John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee for the highest office in the land on Saturday, August 30, reached out into left field and
chose as his running mate someone no one, excepting former congressman Newt Gingrich, had ever
heard of: forty-four year old Sarah Palin, first term governor of the State of
Palin has been in office for twenty months, thus having more executive
experience, according to Republican sources, than the Democratic nominee Barack
Obama. Fox News savants point out the fact that she also has more foreign
policy experience because it is just a few miles from the last island of
her state to Siberia. And she has more military experience because she is head
of the Alaska National Guard, a menacing troop of around 4000 men and women
(less than a full brigade of 5000 members, generally commanded by a colonel)
drawn from the state’s population of 670,053 of whom, according to the Bureau
of the Census, 83,220 or more than 12% are disabled, including her youngest
child who has Down syndrome.
has many other attributes that make her the best possible pick to be McCain’s
veep: she is a member of the N.R.A. and she
loves outdoor sports including fishing and hunting moose in her back yard. She
was point guard, captain and prayer leader of her Wasilla High School
basketball team where she won the sobriquet, “Sarah Barracuda” for her
as a competitor in other venues, Ms. Palin won the Miss Wasilla beauty contest
where, for her talent performance, she played the flute and won “Miss
Congeniality,” finishing in second place in the subsequent Miss Alaska pageant,
thus winning a college scholarship to Hawaii Pacific College in Hilo, Hawaii,
where she majored in Business Administration for one semester before
transferring to the elite North Idaho College in 1983, where she majored in
Communications-Journalism, thus qualifying her to be McCain’s Director of
Communications as well as Vice President, and minored in Political Science,
taking her B.S. degree in 1987.
began her political career in 1992 when she ran for the Wasilla city council on
the theme, “A safer, more progressive Wasilla.” She won her seat, serving two
terms and supported a new sales tax for the town. Ms. Palin ran for Mayor of
Wasilla, Alaska, a town of 6,715 residents, in 1996. Her win propelled her to the lofty office she now holds.
and sundry vicissitudes, Ms. Palin ran for governor and succeeded in 2006,
becoming the youngest chief executive of the state at the age of forty-two. She
is a right-to-lifer, which is a very good thing, because it turns out that her
seventeen-year-old-daughter is unmarried and pregnant.
Gov. Palin made plain in her first appearance with John McCain that she fully expects all former Hillary Rodham Clinton supporters to switch to her party and support McCain because they are female and so is she. "Together we can smash that glass ceiling that Hillary put millions of cracks in."
to comment, Senator Barack Obama replied, “I have nothing to say except that I
am a Christian and I believe that God is good.”
Wesli Court Self-Interview Wesli Court is interviewed by Lewis Turco about his new collection titled The Gathering of the Elders and Other Poems.
Traveler's Moon Photograph by Adel Gorgy
Three Poems “Domestic Duties Scorecard,” “Leftover Shakespearean Gnomes,” "Tsunami Strait."
The Virginia Quarterly Review "The Mutable Past," a memoir collected in FANTASEERS, A BOOK OF MEMORIES by Lewis Turco of growing up in the 1950s in Meriden, Connecticut, (Scotsdale AZ: Star Cloud Press, 2005).
The Tower Journal Two short stories, "The Demon in the Tree" and "The Substitute Wife," in the spring 2009 issue of Tower Journal.
The Tower Journal Memoir, “Pookah, The Greatest Cat in the History of the World,” Spring-Summer 2010.
The Michigan Quarterly Review This is the first terzanelle ever published, in "The Michigan Quarterly Review" in 1965. It has been gathered in THE COLLECTED LYRICS OF LEWIS TURCO/WESLI COURT, 1953-2004 (www.StarCloudPress.com).
The Gawain Poet An essay on the putative medieval author of "Gawain and the Green Knight" in the summer 2010 issue of Per Contra.
Fenn College - School of Arts & Sciences Lewis Turco's first creative writing class, with Loring Williams (left) and James L. Weil (right): the beginning of The Cleveland State University Poetry Center