Lecture Notes: Frederic Tuten, March 16th 2013

A series in which I write down interesting things writers say during lecture and make them into poems.
Man's Fate (La Condition Humaine)
Man’s Fate (La Condition Humaine)

we have so little time to do all this stuff,

you can’t waste a minute

free yourself from the consequences of the action

success, futurity, the point

Another car crash maybe, if you’re an American filmmaker

What was the reason? Can you remind me?

You should read Man’s Fate, André Malraux, write that down

Van Gogh’s letters,

his favorite book was Uncle Tom’s Cabin,

can you believe that?

names no one knows — vanished —

Union Square used to be a radical place

who you were as a writer was measured by the life you lived, not the degree you had

What are we going to do with ourselves?

we have a finite amount of pulse beats

and all he really wanted to do is smoke opium.

I’m serious, really, do anything you want and don’t be frightened,

We don’t want realism

green trees ice cream mom where are you

By what criteria is that not a good poem?

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