Thursday, July 17, 2008

Eli Siegel, Ellen Reiss, and "Poetry Is of Man"

There is a recent issue of The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known titled titled "Humanity: One and Many." It begins the serialization of Eli Siegel's landmark lecture Poetry Is of Man. This lecture is a gold mine for history teachers such as myself. Eli Siegel shows the poetry, the aesthetics, of the development of man. This lecture, together with the companion editorial writing by Ellen Reiss, is one of the most anti-racism texts I know. It is a true, scientific, joyous celebration of the existence of people in all our diversity and deep unity.