Edward Dorn II

As you know our collection of Dorn material includes reminiscences, poems written for Dorn, audio files, and an image gallery. Although Dorn died in 1999 at the age of 70, I sometimes like to imagine how he would view the vast technology changes that have taken place in the last 15 years. Imagine his amazement with the internet of today.

People have easy access to many of his works by a quick search on the web. Would he be teaching classes online? Would he be Skyping with other poets and scholar collaborators and editors.

I think he would embrace all the new technology and what it allows to transpire from the private space of one’s home. From the practical to the frivolous, everything is at your beck and call via the web.

For instance: shopping for janitorial supplies+ that are eco friendly. I shop online at a wholesale / retail e commerce site called Clean It Supply. Originally established to provide discount cleaning products for commercial use, this website now also services many residential customers in search of quality “green” and non green cleaning products to keep their homes clean and sanitized while spending less money. Where I live it’s nearly impossible to find the type of earth friendly cleaning products and paper goods that many people in metropolitan areas take for granted. I would like to think that Dorn would endorse “green” cleaning supplies and the use of the internet to research and purchase them.

Or if he had a granddaughter, perhaps he would have bought her princess costumes for her birthday. I would like to imagine him selecting a particularly pretty princess dress, plus the necessary accessories such as a tiara, gloves, and a wand. And then be able to enjoy his grand daughter’s delight via Skype , watching her dance and twirl in her princess gown sent from Poppa. We sometimes forget the private side of people when we write about their political philosophies and treaties.

Nevertheless since Dorn’s writing was almost always socially and politically oriented, I am sure he would have lots to say on our present stalemated government, changing views towards the gay community, and gambling online, especially harmless fun like slots for US players. The resistance to allowing gambling online in the US is slowly evolving as is evidence from US land based casinos and the monied people behind them racing to get in on the action by pushing state governments to ease restrictions and open up this lucrative market place. The flip flop of legislation or let’s say the “evolving” attitudes that now make online gambling easier for US players is just one example of US politics and money.

As Dorn once remarked: “I take democracy very seriously, but on the other hand, it’s a form of government that you have to change your mind about a lot because its form is protean, and its instinct, essentially, comes from a mob psychology.” A very accurate appraisal when looking back over the past eight years of the Obama administration and the GOP with its tea party members control of the House of Representatives.

• Wilson Myer //
•    Jennifer Dunbar Dorn // ROLLING STOCK: A Chronicle of the Eighties
•    Joe Safdie // Once Upon a Time with West Ed
•    John Wolff // Edward Dorn: An 80’s Reminiscence
•    Lorna Dee Cervantes // After the Wake
•    Robert Creeley // Oh, do you remember…
•    Stephen Ellis // Some Notes on Edward Dorn’s “The Problem of the Poem for my Daughter, Left Unsolved”
•    Terry Jacobus // The Air of June Sings
•    Tom Clark // Stolen Riches
•    Tom Pickard // First of May

Ed Dorn Live: MP3 Audio files
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Latest blogs about Ed Dorn
•    UbuWeb: Spring 2007
•    UbuWeb: Spring 2007
•    UbuWeb: Spring 2007
•    Ten Hours of Stan Brakhage Radio Broadcasts
•    Author’s Note (Blogging Spam Art)
•    Blah Blah About the Blog – Lorna Dee’s Partial Interview w/ Francisco Aragon
•    Wait until colors change to pick a peck of peppers
•    EVILS
•    Expert says home mortgage problems don’t affect most people (3d home architect)
•    Evils.
•    UbuWeb: Spring 2007
•    UbuWeb: Spring 2007
•    Polis Is This: The Life and Poetry of Charles Olson
•    She had Decadron with the biggest one being x x cm on the left side.
•    Counter-Factuality
•    The more people will trust Adorama both as a reliable information source and as a place where they can feel comfortable buying
•    Links for 2007-08-04 [del.icio.us]
•    Officials gather to celebrate opening of Dorn Community Center
•    Officials gather to celebrate opening of Dorn Community Center
•    Ed Dorn: From “SONGS Set Two A Short Count. This volume is to honour the Scald.”
New Dorn publications

“Edward Dorn: American Heretic”, Chicago Review, Summer 2004. 250 pages devoted to Dorn, including early correspondence with Leroi Jones, Tom Raworth, and Charles Olson, a transcript of a Dorn poetry workshop, plus interviews, essays and some of Dorn’s later poetry. For more information see the Chicago Review website.

Ed Dorn Live: Lectures, Interviews, Outtakes edited by Joseph Richey. Forthcoming from University of Michigan Press in 2005.

Selected Poems edited by Michael Rothenberg is due from Penguin in 2006.

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