This mash up includes Gwendolyn Brooks reading “We Real Cool”, Dave McKnight’s reading of e.e. cummings, “jack hates all the girls”, Tony Randall’s reading of Merrill Moore’s “What She Did In The Morning”, and Donald Harron reading David Ignatow’s “The Bagel”.
Dedicated to Ken Nordine and Peter Tork.
My intention was to chronicle the demise of American democracy using the classic form of art, the epic poem. I wanted to heighten the moment in the vein of Homer’s “Iliad” or T.S. Eliot’s “The Wasteland” or Pauly Shore’s “He Who Farts Loudest Has The Final Laugh”. Sadly, I do not have the time or the rhymes necessary to take on such a large task for a mere audience of six or so.
Little is known (Actually, there is a wealth of information, but for my purposes, they are rendered moot.) about postmodern poet, e.e. cummings. All you need to know is: it is with the same arrogance in which cummings will not acknowledge upper case letters that he approached his slightly better than average ping pong skills. It is with this similar blindness he supported Joseph McCarthy and the Republican Party.