It is difficult to get the news from poems yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.
William Carlos Williams published his long poem “Asphodel, That Greeny Flower” in 1955, but it holds as true today as it did then.
Here at ASPHODEL, we believe that as the United States enters a period of political and cultural uncertainty, it’s more important than ever that our art REFLECTS / COMMENTS ON / REFUTES the larger trends at play in American society. Consequently, each week beginning on January 20th, 2017, ASPHODEL will post an original piece of creative writing written in response to Williams’ perceived lack and the times in which we are living. For now, the work will be my own, but I hope to feature the writing of other artists once ASPHODEL has established an audience.
ASPHODEL believes that journalism and personal essay will have their place when historians look back on this period of American history, but ASPHODEL’s primary interest is in fiction and poetry, as art can bear witness to a culture in ways the news cannot.
Williams was right. It is difficult to get the news from poems, but it’s imperative that we leave a footprint for future generations that testifies to our awareness of the unacceptable nature of our times. Let the difficult work begin!
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