Thursday 21 January 2021

Habemus poem


I didn't, couldn't, watch the inauguration of the Biden #46. By its very etymology - augur - it is going to be filled with mystical passes, crowd manipulation and woo-wah, The augurs in ancient Rome would predict the future [usually, as government officials, with optimism] by interpreting the flights of birds . . . hoping for 3 eagles flying [R] dexterously, because sinister was such bad news. They worked hand in bloody <eeeuw> glove with the haruspices who where riffling through chicken giblets looking for signs on the liver.

But Kottke flagged up a picture of Amanda Gorman, Poet Laureate Jr partly visible behind two [2] enormous microphones which could pick up her words - outside broadcasting with the least breeze is tricky - but were designed for taller folk. I then watched to her entire speech - a poem The Hill We Climb to celebrate a new Biden dawn. She's had to red-pencil and re-write large chunks to bring it [Capitol Coup 1/6/21] up to date.

When day comes we ask ourselves: 
where can we find light in this never-ending shade? 
The loss we carry, a sea we must wade. 
We’ve braved the belly of the beast. 
We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace, 
and the norms and notions of what just is, 
. . . isn’t always justice.

It a bit rappy but maybe owes its alliteration to the kennings of Beowulf [Joe Biden is known to like a bit of Seamus Heaney . . . and hope and history rhyme] and its sprung rhythms to Pied Beauty. The kit owes something to 22ndC SciFi cosplay - mid-calf canary yellow coats are being run up by craft-handy kids ♀♂⚥ across the nation today. It's high theatre, and why not? We go to the theatre to add salt to our boring potatoey daily life. 

Grendel is banished.
We have been addressed.
I have been unmanned. 

1 comment:

  1. A 'bit rappy' means what exactly? As Lin Manuel Miranda explains his belief that hip hop is the perfect medium to demonstrate the 'word's ability to make a difference'.
    We mourn that children today don't love poetry, maybe we if used the rhythm and beat of the spoken word as rap, hip hop and so on we would be back in the times where wandering poets and storytellers probably didn't sit and somberly declaim but actually move, emote and perform their poetry.

    Her clothes are not theatrical unless we are saying that bright colours are only suitable in some specialized environment and should not be part of daily life. That's patriarchy that confused serious with somber.