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But their indifference or their silence contributes toward the status quo.
And the status quo demands, at different periods, exploitation, starvation, poverty, mass murder, torture, vile prisons, the stunting of children's imaginations and—in some part of the world during every day of my lifetime—war. When the revolution comes, I expect some poetry to make some contribution toward it; every revolution so far has had its own songs and poems. That contribution toward changing the world may be very small, but the smallest contribution helps when it is a matter of changing the world.
I do not think that poets should sit down and say, "I've got to write a political poem.
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And if a poet attempts to live his politics, his poems will become politically active too. A writer whose work savages most establishment conventions, Adrian Mitchell often appears to present his poems and dramas as a series of revolutionary acts. Acknowledged as a natural precursor and kindred spirit of the Liverpool poets, he emerged as a major force in the public readings of the s, with their attendant cult of protest and rebellion. To those who criticize the political involvement of his writings, Mitchell replies that poets also hold opinions.
Ultimately, he feels, one cannot be neutral about injustice. Having formed his style from a mass of diverse influences, Mitchell seems able to produce poems for all occasions, some of his works tightly structured while others spill out in loose, free-blowing patterns akin to the playing of jazz and blues.
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In these latter poems, as in most of his plays, a strong non-Western element surfaces, the process of creation seeming more important than the finished artifact. On the other hand, his mastery of the rhyming form and his penchant for humorous one-liners—"I play golf so I exist"—nod in the direction of his poetic heritage. An obvious spiritual ancestor is William Blake, whose radical antiauthoritarian vision is echoed in much of Mitchell's writing.
In his drama Tyger and in the television play Glad Day he renders tribute to Blake with "celebrations" that blend propaganda and satire with slapstick comedy. Many of Mitchell's poems invoke the author of Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience, while in the dramas Blake is quoted directly. Not always a humorous poet, Mitchell expresses strong feelings in his writing, and his is the rage of a man who cares.
Like his poetry readings, Mitchell's dramas are often semi-improvisatory collaborations, happenings reminiscent of the performance readings of Adrian Henri or Roger McGough. Most feature a strong element of audience participation, and through them Mitchell is able to obtain a spontaneous interaction between performers and audience.
Mitchell has imbibed numerous musical influences—from blues singers, jazz musicians, Leiber-Stoller, music hall , and show tunes—and poems in the form of songs enliven his plays. Greatest Hits brings together a selection of Mitchell's most requested items from live poetry readings, which he presents, not without a certain wry humor, as his "40 Golden Greats.
Greatest Hits, which spans four decades of his career and contains some of his best work, was later to form the basis of a "Greatest Hits" performance reading tour in the early s. The arrival of the new millennium finds Mitchell as active and committed as ever, producing interesting work in a number of different fields.
He has brought out several anthologies of poetry for younger readers, contributing his own verses to Balloon Lagoon and The Magic Islands of Poetry, while in Dancing in the Street he provides an intriguing blend of verse, ranging from Shakespeare and Andrew Marvell to the lyrics of modern rock music. His adult poetry has been gathered into two significant collections, Heart on the Left: Poems, — and Blue Coffee: Poems, — While both books reward the interested reader, the former collection decorated with some rather disturbing Ralph Steadman illustrations obviously contains the more familiar material, and it is Blue Coffee that holds Mitchell's latest work.
Once again he acquaints us with the array of talents at his disposal.
Anger with politicians and their violent "final solutions" comes to the fore with "Blood and Oil," a passionate denunciation of the Allied invasion of Iraq, which Mitchell read live on British television at the height of the Persian Gulf conflict. The same emotions fire "The Boy Who Danced with a Tank," in which the poet applauds the courage of the doomed young protestors in Tiananmen Square and condemns the brutal force brought against them.
These poems, however, show only one of many moods. From hatred of playground bullying and glamorous fantasies of warfare as shown in "Spitfire Daydream" he charts his awareness of war's true horror through its effect on his beloved parents. In the end it is not Mitchell's righteous anger against tyranny, or even his wit or humor, that impresses us most, but the warmth and humanity that come through so constantly in his poetry. These, and his many other qualities, will continue to win him an audience in years to come. Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.
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