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The Monday Poem > Dog by Lawrence Ferlinghetti (Monday 26th March 2018)

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message 1: by Joan (new)

Joan I thought it would be fun to try Beat Poetry, a new genre for me. Please post a bit about your reaction - what you like or what you don’t like. If any lines really resonate or irritate you, please let us know.

message 2: by Joan (new)

Joan (An excerpt starting at line 45)
The dog trots freely in the street
and has his own dog’s life to live
and to think about
and to reflect upon
touching and tasting and testing everything
investigating everything
without benefit of perjury
a real realist
with a real tale to tell
and a real tail to tell it with
a real live
democratic dog
engaged in real
free enterprise
with something to say
about ontology
something to say
about reality
and how to see it
and how to hear it
with his head cocked sideways
at streetcorners
as if he is just about to have
his picture taken
for Victor Records
listening for
His Master’s Voice
and looking
like a living questionmark
into the
great gramaphone
of puzzling existence
with its wondrous hollow horn
which always seems
just about to spout forth
some Victorious answer
to everything

message 3: by Joan (new)

Joan The complete poem at Poetry Foundation

And the Poet reading his poem

message 4: by Joan (new)

Joan I enjoyed this reading more
read by Bob Dorough, one of the creators of Schoolhouse Rock

message 5: by Leslie (new)

Leslie | 15985 comments I am also new to beat poetry. I liked it! When I get some time, I will check out the complete poem.

message 6: by Nichole (new)

Nichole | 434 comments Really beautiful, Joan!

message 7: by Joan (new)

Joan More about Beat Poetry:
“Beat poets
A national group of poets who emerged from San Francisco’s literary counterculture in the 1950s. Its ranks included Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gregory Corso, and Gary Snyder. Poet and essayist Kenneth Rexroth influenced the development of the “Beat” aesthetic, which rejected academic formalism and the materialism and conformity of the American middle class. Beat poetry is largely free verse, often surrealistic, and influenced by the cadences of jazz, as well by Zen and Native American spirituality. Browse more Beat poets.”

From Poetry Foundation:

message 8: by Joan (new)

Joan Nichole wrote: "Really beautiful, Joan!"

Nichole, is there any part that stands out for you?

message 9: by [deleted user] (new)

I struggle reading this style of free form poetry but I liked this a lot.

I liked the lines about him having a tale to tell and a tail to tell it with.

The recording you posted by Bob Dorough is fantastic and really helps me enjoy the poem

message 10: by Joan (new)

Joan Heather,
Dorough’s reading helped me appreciate the poem too, especially the swingy rhythm. I didn’t enjoy the poet’s reading nearly as much.

message 11: by Alannah (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
Added the date as it will help me when I come to organise the poems.

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