By Allen Tate
One of many early-twentieth century Southern intellectuals and artists of the early 20th century referred to as the Agrarians, Allen Tate wrote poetry that was once rooted strongly in that region's past—in the land, the folk, and the traditions of the yankee South in addition to within the types and issues of the vintage poets. In "Ode to the accomplice Dead"— regularly famous as his maximum poem—he delineates either the horror of the sight of rows of tombstones at a accomplice cemetery and the respect that such sacrifice embodies, leading to "a masterpiece that may no longer be transcended" (William Pratt).
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I do not want a normal job. i do not want to be the government’s puppet. i do not want a nice car or nice clothes or things that require mountains of money. ” i will not conform and i can only ask passionately and politely that you take my hand and be free with me? ” i think to myself. “everywhere- sex, drugs, food, religion, love, ego. we do not go without it. it is everywhere. it is all we have. ” the most brilliant people in life are the ones who have been through the most shit. tragedies, death of loved ones, countless heartbreaks, heartbreaks that truly puncture the soul.
We do not go without it. it is everywhere. it is all we have. ” the most brilliant people in life are the ones who have been through the most shit. tragedies, death of loved ones, countless heartbreaks, heartbreaks that truly puncture the soul. they are wise without knowing it and that is the most pure, flawless, perfectly beautiful kind of wisdom. i have this friend and his father and little sister died in a car accident when he was ten and sometimes we sit at bars and drink for the entire night and god, let me tell you, there is just something about his eyes.
I used to tell myself “i drink to understand those i do not know. to feel what they feel. what he feels. ” it is similar to my favorite bible verse but played with a little “to the drunkard i become the drunkard. to the stoner i become the stoner. ” a young gay man sits on a balcony fifty stories up, cigarette in his mouth, drink in his hand. he stares out into the waves, into oblivion. the air is cold and unsure. quick as a cat and soft as freedom. he thinks of the world against himthe jokers and the judgers, the politicians and the churches.