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Interviews With Ron Price About Poetry

AuthorRon Price
Title of item
Interviews With Ron Price About Poetry
Subtitle of item
Pioneering Over Four Epochs: Section VIII
Poetry: Section VIII
Parent publication   Pioneering Over Four Epochs: An Autobiographical Study and a Study in Autobiography
Date of this edition 2005
Permission public domain
Posted 2005-02-17 by Ron Price
Classified in Essays and poetry by Ron Price
Abstract Interested readers will find a series of 29 interviews held in the 20 years between 1996 and 2015. These interviews are essentially about my poetry and prose. The interviews, 1.4/year, concerned what I wrote during the years 1992 to 2015.
Notes After reading interviews, listening to them on radio, and seeing them on TV for 40 years, 1956 to 1996, I became aware of how useful the interview was as a technique for personal evaluation in the public domain of whatever an artist wants to assess. It is obviously a useful means of conveying to the public what an artist is trying to do with his art, his personal activity and his life. Poetry and prose about the interview process, interviews with me and interviews with others are also included here.

Part 1:

May 1992 to May 1993, the 2nd Baha'i Holy Year in forty years, was a special time for inner reflection. It was in that year that I began to write poetry seriously, and extensively. Three years later, in 1996, after writing several 1000 prose-poems, I began a series of what has become 29 interviews, from 1996 to 2015. These interviews became, over this 20 year period, part of an inner reflection, part of an attempt to understand my life, my society and the significance of the religion I had been associated with by 1996 for more than 40 years.

The Baha'i Faith claims to be the newest, the latest, of the Abrahamic religions and, as it moves toward the end of the first century of its Formative Age(1921-2021), after a bloody and indeed Heroic and Apostolic Age(1844 to 1921), it is slowly moving from the obscurity in which it had been enshrouded for a century and a half to the glaring light of public recognition. The history and the implications of this new world Faith, whose origins arguably go back for the last two and a half centuries, to the middle of the 18th century, are only slowly becoming known by the world's peoples.

Part 2:

This exercise of mine, this interviewing and literary analysis has been built, as I say above, on more than 40 years of reflection, as part of my association with the Baha'i community(1953-1996), and my association with many other communities and groups in my life as far back as the 1940s. I am now 70, and I feel that this interview process, even after 20 years, has only just begun. It will continue as I live through my 70s and my 80s, into old-age, if I last that long.

Part 3:

As I also say, I find the interview a useful form of art, as Jim Morrison, the lead singer of The Doors once said back in the 1960s. It is my hope, although I can not guarantee, that readers will find here at BLO, in the following thread or post, some thoughts and words of personal value to them as they take on life's tests, as they follow their own stars, and as they create using whatever gifts and potentials with which they are endowed.

As this series of interviews moves through its third decade, I look forward to continuing my own reflections on decades of my writing and on more decades of my living, as well as on centuries, indeed, millennia of the great tapestry of human experience that is the recorded history of humanity.

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