Boulder Zine V1.E2
I made this edition pretty quickly. As soon as shit hit the fan in Charlottesville, I picked up my computer and plugged away at getting this out there. I always felt as if Bukowski was stand alone at expressing optimism in some universal state of frustration and was happy to think back on this month’s featured poem:
Personally, I felt comfort in knowing that an influential thinker from 40 years ago felt the same sort of societal demise that we do now - and that might be a little fucked up, but at least we aren’t alone in this dystopian state of distress that we’re in now. I think the way we process information now has significantly put us out of touch with the world that existed before everyone older than 10 had a personal computer.
It’s so much easier to ridicule the societal ignorance in this country now. Mass media outlets literally compete over providing the newest and most intricate details of any subject of interest to as many people possible. Anyone with a competent head on their shoulders thinks that it’s laughable that racist, misogynistic, and xenophobic attitudes could still be justified in the minds of some today, especially in an era of mass information, but that’s what they thought 40 years ago… and thats kind of my point.
It means that we can’t just rely on the facts. That peoples minds need to changed rather than attacked. That communication happens best in the channels that are meaningful for people (bickering on the news doesn’t do it for everyone). Poetry has always been able to change the way I look at things, and it’s my hope that in trying to communicate these issues in a way thats meaningful for me, it’ll influence others to communicate their thoughts and concerns in a way thats meaningful for them too… because I believe that messages need to be portrayed as frequently and uniquely as possible to make a difference.
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