Stars, Poetry—Part I: Aries, Taurus, Gemini; Part II: Cancer, Leo, and Virgo; Part III: Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius; Part IV: Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces

1960s: Days of Rage

“I approach the language of the stars as symbolic patterns, and use astrology and other symbolic systems as forms of advanced pattern recognition. Here is the first of four meditations where I work my way through a wheel of influence in groups of threes after the modalities. The three modalities in astrology are Cardinal, Fixed, and Mutable. They describe how the sign operates. … Aries, March 21 – April 20, Tarot: The Emperor. Aries arrives at the start of spring, full of passion. The Aries clan are the fire starters and igniters. I instantly hear Baudelaire (April 9) shouting, ‘Make life beautiful! Make life beautiful!’ while throwing rocks at the ‘Bad Glazier’ in his Paris Spleen. To meet Anne Waldman (April 2) is to feel the fire of her mind, determination, and big-heartedness. … Edward Dorn (like Waldman, also April 2!): his poem ‘The Air of June Sings’ makes…

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