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HAPPY EASTER & APRIL FOOLS DAY 2013
For special Easter program page, click any image below
To see thematic images and to read the GS's essay on the origins of Easter, "The Many Easters & Eostres for the Many: A Choice of Hallelujahs," click here
The Gypsy Scholar is posting this essay by Beat/Eco-poet Gary Snyder, "Earth Day and the War Against the Imagination," simply because (a) it was the only piece of Snyder's he could find in the Tower of Song library that was delivered on Earth Day and because (b) more importantly the GS' own essay for Earth Day, "Romantic Naturalism & the Roots of the Environmental Movement," dealt with the theme of the role of the Imagination in the nineteenth-century writers and poets who rebelled against the philosophy behind the Industrial Revolution and sought to heal rift between man and nature.
The title of Gary Snyder's essay was inspired by a poem from a fellow Beat poet, Diane DiPrima: "The only war that matters is the war against the imagination." Although the GS didn't cite the totally appropriate lines from William Blake in this particular essay (though he did use this from Blake as an epigraph: "Nature is Imagination"), in past essays on the Romantic's hope for a radical social change through the American and French revolutions the GS has cited this from Blake: "Art Degraded, Imagination Denied, War Governed the Nations." (But if, as the Romantics knew, Industrial society and its science was making war on nature, and if Blake equated nature with imagination, then the GS's epigraph from Blake nonetheless fits in with DiPrima's line.) Blake, the poet-prophet of the Imagination, believed that the real war carried out by the tyrannical state was, in one way or another, a war on the Imagination. He also knew (as did his Romantic counterparts in America--Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman) that the liberation of the Imagination on the eco-political level of democracy fulfilled the dream of the ideal society of the Romantics--what Blake called "Jerusalem" and what the GS, in his Earth Day essay, called "the Imagi-nation."
To hear an excerpt from a talk given by Native American poet, singer-songwriter, and activist John Trudell on the subject of "Mother Earth," click links below.
Playlist Earth Day 4/22/13
SONGS Earth My Body Kate West Elements of Chant This Place Melanie O'Reilly Celtic Woman Song of the Trees John Trudell If A Tree Falls All The World Is Green Tom Waitts And The Earth Spins Paul Winter Earth: Voices Of A Planet Mother Earth's Revenge Karen Casey Trees Fiona Joyce Celtic Woman Defend The Earth Alice Di Micele If A Tree Falls The Only Green World Rumors Of The Big Wave If A Tree Falls Heaven's Here On Earth Tracy Chapman New Beginning Home Dougie MacLean Inside The Thunder
Playlist "Re-VisionRadio Manifesto & Visionary Recital" April 15, 2013
SONGS Rave On John Donne Van Morrison Live In Berkeley 1986 Shout Out Sekou Sundiata The Blue Oneness Of Dreams Love Lion Blues Michael McClure & Ray Manzarek Love Lion Shape Of My Heart Sting Ten Summoner's Tales In My Secret Life Leonard Cohen Live In London Open Season on My Heart Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell Old Yellow Moon Till I Gain Control Again Van Morrison Live In Concert 2006 Walk Away from Love Eliza Gilkyson Hard Times in Babylon I Can't Forget Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man Heart of a Man Eliza Gilkyson Lost and Found Saving The Good Stuff For You Richard Thompson Electric Soul Van Morrison BBC Four Sessions, London 2008