Dec 252015

art for kirby

by Kirby Congdon.......

We have had the Victorian period and World War I, to which we reacted with the roaring twenties when my mother exposed her ankles for the first time. Then everything went askew and the Depression affected everyone. The revival of self-confidence came with World War II. This was disrupted with the Beats in literature, and let us not forget Sigmund Freud with his exposure of the ego or Karen Horney’s investigations in the psychosomatic. Both of them brought forward the characters we are back there in the brain without knowing it. Everything has been complex from the dial telephone to all that invisible technology going on up there among those weird clouds. The conflict between raw nature and personal convenience becomes more prominent as the weather itself ignores our discussion of it.

We can put up with a lot if there is some meaning out there that gives the jig saw puzzle a little sense. This writer feels it may be presumptuous to take any stance at all but here are his most recent thoughts on the whole miasma of it all with, as yet, no title!

Can a mountain’s peak
still assert its stance
against both sun and stars
or can the vast vistas
of the ocean’s bays
survive the violence
of forgotten storms
if our own eyes forget the shape
of what we saw or when the private touch
of finger tips no longer finds
the sounds they knew
among a keyboard’s chords?
Even as a mind lets go
and its brain misfiles
the names we know
and who their owners were
it is still memory’s debris
that keeps the world alive
and, so, lets our dance survive
behind the closing of who knows what doors
that identify whatever signs there are,
defining our own place
in our own history’s time.

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Kirby Congdon
Kirby Congdon found his calling in the time of the Beat Movement, his poems being published by the New York Times, The New York Herald Tribune and the Christian Science Monitor as well as countless small-press outlets. While influenced by the assertive stance of a new generation in literature, he preferred to set aside the spontaneous approach of his friends and use his work as an exploratory tool in establishing the new identity of his times as well as that of his own maturation. This search was incorporated in 300 works which were compiled in a bibliography by a Dean of the English Department at Long Island University in his retirement and made available in hard-back with an extensive addenda by the literary activists of Presa Press through their skills achieved from the University of Michigan and their own experience which commands a movement in itself of contemporary literary action.

Congdon’s work in poetry covers innumerable treatments of countless subjects in single poems, long treatments on a subject, and many collections of both serious thought and imagination through not only the poetry but through essays, plays and ruminations. Named the first poet laureate of Key West, he received a standing ovation for his reading honoring this position and was the featured poet in a festival celebrating Frank O’Hara in the New York region. He was also asked to read his work as well as give a talk on the country’s national poet laureate, Richard Wilbur, at a seminar honoring that man. Currently, Congdon is working on an autobiography and a collection of complete poems.
 December 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #146, Kirby Congdon  Add comments

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