In what I consider to be a crime against beauty, art, culture...and all things holy, I was FORCED to relegate two volumes of my absolute favorite poetry to the garbage this weekend.
I was moving to my new place and had a trunk full of literature from DeLillo to Achebe, poetry from Bishop to Komunyakaa, and magazines from Esquire to Harper's. The trunk, despite being rescued from a dumpster in college, was one of my favorite possessions because of the value that lay within.
In my transition, however, a MOLD developed inside the trunk, and Charles Olson's The Maximus Poems and Jimmy Santiago Baca's Black Mesa Poems - two of my most favorite volumes of poetry by two of my favorite poets - had to be thrown out. The Maximus Poems is a very large (and expensive) volume, and had every single note on every single poem that I acquired throughout college. Same with Baca's - I had scribbled notes on nearly every page. Totally engulfed in black mold spores, thus totally useless.
What symbolism (and madness) is this?!?
As a side note, anyone else influenced by these poets? Who are your main influences?