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Oct 23, 2008

Amazon: Handy Guide for Beggars, Especially Those of the Poetic Fraternity (Paperbound)

A Handy Guide for Beggars, Especially Those of the Poetic Fraternity, by Vachel Lindsay.

True story.  In 1906, young poet Vachel Lindsay wanders through a dozen states, with no money and no baggage, staying with random strangers, reciting poetry and teaching "The Gospel of Beauty."  So, what do you suppose that was like?  Wonder why this book was popular in the 1960s & '70s?

End of Part 1.8 with "With a Rose, for Brunhilde," and "Lady Iron Heels."

Part 2 should be along shortly.

Music by Kevin MacLeod.

Jen from Inside My Head
over fourteen years ago

What a creepy town described in the first part of this story!

Interesting phrase, that part later on about working a farm without machinery and without men to help \"makes women into warriors, or kills them\".

Grizzly Smith
over fourteen years ago

Uh-huh. Rings true, though. Lots of good stuff in this part of the story, like their matter-of-factness talking about tragedy in their family. There is poetry in the lives of plain people. Poets don\'t create it, they just write it down.