Oscar Wilde: Art and Individualism
Poetic Outlaws on 21/07/2024

Oscar Wilde: Art and Individualism

The work of art is to dominate the spectator: the spectator is not to dominate the work of art—Oscar WildeA work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament. Its beauty comes from the fact that the author is what he is. It has nothing to do with the fact that other people want what they want

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Listening to Monteverdi
Poetic Outlaws on 20/07/2024

Listening to Monteverdi

By: Robert BlyText within this block will maintain its original spacing when publishedI come from a long line of Protestant revolutionaries Who refused the old marriages with Rome, But I’m still hoping to sit at Moses’ side. Every night the old angels call to us, Promising good things. For centurie

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Emerson: Who is He that Shall Control Me?
Poetic Outlaws on 18/07/2024

Emerson: Who is He that Shall Control Me?

Text within this block will maintain its original spacing when publishedWho is he that shall control me? Why may not I act & speak & write & think with entire freedom? What am I to the Universe, or, the Universe, what is it to me? Who hath forged the chains of Wrong & Right, of Opinion & Cust

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The Sixties
Poetic Outlaws on 16/07/2024

The Sixties

By: Julia VinogradText within this block will maintain its original spacing when publishedOur wildness was a by-product, not the contrived and sour thing it became when people wanted it for its own sake, because it had been our publicity, but not us. We were simply too busy: taking drugs for religio

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Henry Miller: Few Can Escape the Treadmill
Poetic Outlaws on 15/07/2024

Henry Miller: Few Can Escape the Treadmill

“Most of the young men of talent whom I have met in this country give one the impression of being somewhat demented. Why shouldn't they? They are living amidst spiritual gorillas, living with food and drink maniacs, success-mongers, gadget innovators, publicity hounds. God, if I were a young man tod

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Morning of Drunkenness
Poetic Outlaws on 14/07/2024

Morning of Drunkenness

By: Arthur RimbaudText within this block will maintain its original spacing when publishedO my good! O my beautiful! Atrocious fanfare where I won’t stumble! enchanted rack whereon I am stretched! Hurrah for the amazing work and the marvelous body, for the first time! It began amid the laughte

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Wild Geese
Poetic Outlaws on 12/07/2024

Wild Geese

By: Mary OliverText within this block will maintain its original spacing when publishedYou do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yo

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Poetry is Where Everything Happens
Poetic Outlaws on 11/07/2024

Poetry is Where Everything Happens

By: Alejandra PizarnikPoetry is where everything happens. Like love, humor, suicide, and every fundamentally subversive act, poetry ignores everything but its own freedom and its own truth. To say “freedom” and “truth” in reference to the world in which we live (or don’t live) is to tell a lie. It i

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The world is a beautiful place
Poetic Outlaws on 09/07/2024

The world is a beautiful place

By: Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919 – 2021)Photo: Janet Fries//Getty ImagesText within this block will maintain its original spacing when publishedThe world is a beautiful place to be born into if you don’t mind happiness not always being so very much fun if you don’t mind a touch of hell now and then j

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Breaking Free from the Cultural Neurosis
Poetic Outlaws on 07/07/2024

Breaking Free from the Cultural Neurosis

By: Dr. Alexander LowenArt: Kavan the KidWe want to be more alive and feel more, but we are afraid of it. Our fear of life is seen in the way we keep busy so as not to feel, keep running so as not to face ourselves, or get high on liquor or drugs so as not to sense our being. Because we are afraid o

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To Make Living Itself the Highest Art
Poetic Outlaws on 06/07/2024

To Make Living Itself the Highest Art

By: Erik RittenberryPhoto: Erik RittenberryThe capacities by which we can gain insights into higher worlds lie dormant within each one of us. —Rudolf SteinerThe creative act… is a self-discovery within the fullness of Divine life. —Nicholas BerdyaevText within this block will maintain its original s

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The Gods Grant Few Pleasures Beyond These
Poetic Outlaws on 05/07/2024

The Gods Grant Few Pleasures Beyond These

By: Fernando PessoaBoys in a Pasture, 1874, Homer, WinslowText within this block will maintain its original spacing when publishedA verse repeating A cool breeze, Summer in the fields, And the soul's courtyard Vacant and sunlit... Or, in winter, the snowy Summits in the distance, The fireside where

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A Journey through Old Florida
Poetic Outlaws on 03/07/2024

A Journey through Old Florida

By: Erik RittenberryMake voyages. Attempt them. There's nothing else. —Tennessee WilliamsI live in Florida, and it’s a beautiful place, especially when you get away from the big cities and the Disneyfication of everything. Whenever I’m not working, reading, writing, or procuring poetic material for

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In Order to Create, I Destroyed Myself
Poetic Outlaws on 01/07/2024

In Order to Create, I Destroyed Myself

By: Fernando PessoaDown the steps of my dreams and my weariness, descend from your unreality, descend and be my substitute for the world. — PessoaEach of us is intoxicated by different things. There’s intoxication enough for me in just living. Drunk on feeling I drift but never stray. If it’s time t

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To Live on a Day-to-Day Basis is Insufficient
Poetic Outlaws on 30/06/2024

To Live on a Day-to-Day Basis is Insufficient

By: Oliver SacksText within this block will maintain its original spacing when publishedTo live on a day-to-day basis is insufficient for human beings; we need to transcend, transport, escape; we need meaning, understanding, and explanation; we need to see over-all patterns in our lives. Text w

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The Greatest Psychedelic Novel You’ve Never Heard Of
Poetic Outlaws on 29/06/2024

The Greatest Psychedelic Novel You’ve Never Heard Of

Counterculture rebel Richard Fariña died on the cusp of fame. His only novel remains essential reading for literary psychonauts with a penchant for the absurdArticle by Mariella Rudi.Originally Published by DoubleBlind // Art + Culture. You can sign up for their amazing Newsletter here: https://doub

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Poem for the Father
Poetic Outlaws on 27/06/2024

Poem for the Father

By: Alejandra PizarnikText within this block will maintain its original spacing when publishedAnd it was then that with a tongue dead and cold in the mouth he sang the song others allowed him to sing in this world of obscene gardens and shadows coming at unseemly hours to remind him of songs of his

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Defeat
Poetic Outlaws on 26/06/2024

Defeat

By: Kahlil GibranPhotography: Brian DayText within this block will maintain its original spacing when publishedDefeat, my Defeat, my solitude and my aloofness; You are dearer to me than a thousand triumphs, And sweeter to my heart than all world-glory. Defeat, my Defeat, my self-knowledge and my de

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Yeats and the Sense of an Ending
Poetic Outlaws on 25/06/2024

Yeats and the Sense of an Ending

Civilisation is hooped together, broughtUnder a rule, under the semblance of peaceBy manifold illusion; but man's life is thought,And he, despite his terror, cannot ceaseRavening through century after century,Ravening, raging, and uprooting that he may comeInto the desolation of reality…— W. B. Yeat

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Vincent van Gogh: What Am I?
Poetic Outlaws on 23/06/2024

Vincent van Gogh: What Am I?

Text within this block will maintain its original spacing when publishedWhat am I in the eyes of most people — a nonentity, an eccentric, or an unpleasant person — somebody who has no position in society and will never have; in short, the lowest of the low. All right, then — even if that were abs

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