By Walton Litz
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Such intrusions, damaging enough to acquiescent white perceptions, impinged even more menacingly on the mind of the vulnerable black artist. Jones's predicament was that he found himself beginning to question the efficacy of the new poetry, the vanguard literature of the very culture whose fantasies he was attempting to dissipate. Unlike Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and Creeley, he was much less certain that literary statement was an effective assertion of his integrity. " "HYMN FOR LANIE POO," the second piece in the collection, satirically cuts into middle-class black pretensions fed by white-imposed stereotypes, fads, and beliefs.
In a 1960 radio interview with David Ossman he tells how William Carlos Williams alerted him to the importance of the spoken word: "how to write the way I speak rather than the way I think a poem ought to be written—to write just the way it comes to me, in my own speech, utilizing the rhythms of speech rather than any kind of metrical concept. " (1959). He emphasized the need for a voice that will recreate the sound of his private experience: MY POETRY is whatever I think I am. (Can I be light & weightless as a sail??
The great personal questions of faith and doubt he had largely resolved. It was now time to write the poetry needed by an age in which the heroic vision of the romantic artist, alone with his imagination, had grown trivial. It was in which the heroic image is not the nomad wanderer through the desert or over the ocean, but the less exciting figure of the builder, who renews the ruined walls of the city. And to give a local habitation and a name to this solid and rooted figure, he began writing poems about the unheroic body.
American Writers, Supplement 2 by Walton Litz