Iowa Writes

PARA STEINMANN
Arnheim Aftermath*


But poetry is constructive...

Construct a world of dynamic forces harmoniously in       opposition

to one another

I wonder

why do men persist

in enslaving themselves in static norms of straight

(which does not notice which does not bend

which seeks to dominate and to impose)

of vertical and horizontal

of the security in lifeless stagnant stable masses...?

Utopia is a world of Picasso chairs

But poetry is constructive...

Construct a world of dynamic forces harmoniously in       opposition

to one another

I wonder

why do men persist

in enslaving themselves in static norms of straight

(which does not notice which does not bend

which seeks to dominate and to impose)

of vertical and horizontal

of the security in lifeless stagnant stable masses...?

Utopia is a world of Picasso chairs

                                   

                                      II

 

I would like to write a poem of life

or live a poem

or dream a paradise or concretize a dream

I would like to create a world of pervasive aesthetics

or estheticize an ugliness

A slum

is merely an assemblage of vitally lovely

photographic frames

each perfect in its particularity

but all in dynamic discord

*Inspired by a lecture by the esthetic philosopher Richard       Arnheim

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Since 2006, Iowa Writes has featured the work of Iowa-identified writers (whether they have Iowa roots or live here now) and work published by Iowa journals and publishers on The Daily Palette. Iowa Writes features poetry, fiction, or nonfiction twice a week on the Palette.

In November of 2008, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Iowa City, Iowa, the world's third City of Literature, making the community part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

Iowa City has joined Edinburgh, Scotland and Melbourne, Australia as UNESCO Cities of Literature.

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PARA STEINMANN

Para Steinmann was born in Wisconsin and graduated from Smith College.  She studied in Paris, Amsterdam and Geneva, majoring in history and French, before training as a teacher of Transcendental Meditation, which she taught in many countries.  She now resides in Fairfield, Iowa.

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