Poetic Perplexities: Visions of Global Empire? Part 2
It is widely understood that artists, including poets and prose writers, possess an acute “cultural radar” that enables them to sense what may lie ahead. How long after the federation of the 13 states did they envision this new country as a possible candidate for empire? Join A.L. Aric as he hosts J.Q. Useless on The Alembic Files, in this second of a multi-part series looking into this question. This segment focuses centrally on The Anarchiad, a long-form satirical poem supporting the Federalist cause and the ratification of the new constitution, published serially in New England newspapers by The Hartford Wits, a group of poets who first began collaborating when they formed a literary society at Yale University. The discussion also touches on other topics of the time such as Shay’s Rebellion and the racist attitude of New England elites toward the American Indian population.
Literary excerpts to be covered:
- Thoughts from a Useless Eater Podcast #3 – Introductions, Part 2 (uselesseatersinstitute.wordpress.com)
- Thoughts from a Useless Eater Podcast #2: “When the World Stopped Making Sense, Part One” (uselesseatersinstitute.wordpress.com)
- Podcast #4: J.Q. Useless Guest Appearance on The Alembic Files with A.L. Aric (uselesseatersinstitute.wordpress.com)