The leisure class that enabled Mallarmé, Breton, Bonnefoy,
in pretty much said order but ushered in or gushered
through clogged arteries feeding the brain's garden———
imagination. The leisure class got away with plenty before
they faded, well, at least some leisures bruised & battered
took Blake seriously, shivered before Goya & gasped at
Francis Bacon's savagery! Some even fell overboard, bodies
missing to this day but otherwise MIA. A bone here, a bone
there but not much else.
breed of leisures roams the halls: ones with gills, amphibians
traveling backwards through the slime, primordial religions
guzzling guilt, fanning the fire, yet surviving on faith much
like our ancient ancestors but this time evolving with a
peculiar twist in DNA thus allowing for a new species of
genocides to survive the blinking barbed tips of neon fishing
hooks trolling the waters for bigger game—a prize
just about the size of you & me.
Alan Britt served as judge for the 2013 The Bitter Oleander Press Library of Poetry Book Award. He read poetry and presented the “Modern Trends in U.S. Poetry” at the VII International Writers’ Festival in Val-David, Canada, May 2013. He read poetry for the 6x3 Exhibition at the Jadite Gallery in Hell’s Kitchen/Manhattan in December 2014. Also, sponsored by LaRuche Arts Contemporary Consortium (LRACC) he read poetry at the Union City Museum of Art/William V. Musto Cultural Center in Union City, NJ in May, 2014. His interview at The Library of Congress for The Poet and the Poem aired on Pacifica Radio, January 2013. A new interview for Lake City Lights is available at
http://lakecitypoets.com/AlanBritt.html. His latest books include Lost Among the Hours: 2015, Parabola Dreams (with Silvia Scheibli): 2013 and Alone with the Terrible Universe: 2011. He teaches English/Creative Writing at Towson University.