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Veckans dikt 6: ”Miracles” av Walt Whitman

sqWalt BookVeckans dikt hittade vi i i love you before i die – a walt whitman mixtape som har sammanställts av poeten Steve Roggenbuck, nyligen kallad internetpoet i en stort uppslagen och uppskattande artikel i New Yorker. Walt Whitman (1819-1892), skriver Roggenbuck i dikthäftets förord, ”has shaped the core of my identity more than anything.”


Why, who makes much of a miracle?
As to me I know of nothing else but miracles,
Whether I walk the streets of Manhattan,
Or dart my sight over the roofs of houses toward the sky,
Or wade with naked feet along the beach just in the edge of
    the water,
Or stand under trees in the woods,
Or talk by day with any one I love, or sleep in the bed at night
    with any one I love,
Or sit at table at dinner with the rest,
Or look at strangers opposite me riding in the car,
Or watch honey-bees busy around the hive of a summer
Or animals feeding in the fields,
Or birds, or the wonderfulness of insects in the air,
Or the wonderfulness of the sundown, or of stars shining so
    quiet and bright,
Or the exquisite delicate thin curve of the new moon in spring;
These with the rest, one and all, are to me miracles,
The whole referring, yet each distinct and in its place.

To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle,
Every cubic inch of space is a miracle,
Every square yard of the surface of the earth is spread with
    the same,
Every foot of the interior swarms with the same.

To me the sea is a continual miracle,
The fishes that swim—the rocks—the motion of the waves—
    the ships with men in them,
What stranger miracles are there?

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litterära termer 4: Alt Lit

”Along with Tao Lin, Roggenbuck is one of the bright stars of Alt Lit, an online writing community that emerged in 2011 and harnesses the casual affect and jagged stylistics of social media as the basis of their works—poems, stories, novels, tweets, and status updates. Its members have produced a body of distinctive literature marked by direct speech, expressions of aching desire, and wide-eyed sincerity. (“language is so cool. i can type out these shapes and you can understand me,” or “Yay! Dolphins are beautiful creatures and will always have a wild spirit. I have been very lucky because I have had the awesome experience of swimming with dolphins twice.”) The poems and stories, published on blogs and Twitter feeds, are usually written in the Internet vernacular of lowercase letters, inverted punctuation, abundant typos, and bad grammar. While other Web-based poetry movements exploit appropriated text—cutting and pasting or scooping vast amounts of preëxisting data—Alt Lit tends to use emo-heavy, homespun language, bearing the urgency and candor of a status update; no sentiment is too trite to be repurposed as poetry.”

Citerat ur ”If Walt Whitman Vlogged” av Kenneth Goldsmith i New Yorker, 7 maj 2014. Suverän artikel om man är intresserad av Alt Lit i allmänhet och Steve Roggenbuck i synnerhet. Full med bra länkar.

Och den här videon sammanfattar ganska väl Roggenbucks syn på poetens och poesins roll, med en självmedveten koppling till den romantiska traditionen.

Ola Wihlke

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