4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Truth beyond Plato, Proust, Picasso, or Pinksy

Notes from Dartmouth’s Psychology Department

Not a Christmas album.
Not a Christmas album.

The world is full of accidental poets. You can find them anywhere if you look, and searching for accidental poetry is a time-honored hipster tradition. Accidental poetry stands in stark contrast to the rarefied musings of poets laureate. An accidental poet may not mean to create true poetry, yet he or she reveals intrinsic truths where they are least expected. Consider the following chain of letters, reproduced verbatim but-for the addition of a “Dear Hipster” out of respect for the format, sent by an accidental poet over the course of the past six weeks:

Dear Hipster:

I went to Dartmouth and listened to records like the Grateful Dead “Europe ‘72”. The College taught me culture enrichment like the great Christmas Concert at the Hopkins Center Spaulding Auditorium. Mel Snyder taught Psychology 7 - “Helplessness” in which a text can inform you that an experiment where rats are shocked with electricity quit and cannot do anything, and I suggested that Neil Young’s song “Helpless” be the theme song of the course. The professors of Dartmouth’s Psychology Department threatened me with hated evil guns and I screamed.

I joined the Tabard fraternity at Dartmouth and I did not like that members of the club threatened me with guns. The Tabard fraternity Brothers could not handle food and the beer on tap made me vomit. When it was required to sit with joiners of the Tabard at Ma Thayer Dartmouth dining then I refused many poison offers and the brothers I was interested in being with threatened me with guns and I screamed and I was charged by Dartmouth with “trespassing.” That is exclusive privileged elitist rich education.

I prepare for 1972 Park Synagogue Bar Mitzvah at Cleveland Heights Ohio and I send invitations to appropriate familiar personalities including Dianne Feinstein (Di) and Barbara Streisand and Neil Diamond and Bob Dylan and Liza Minelli who is Judy Garland’s daughter and Danny Thomas whose daughter is Milo Thomas. I plan to go on from Hebrew School which is not state school to private Dartmouth College which is Ivy League selective high-class elitist respected highly regarded prestigious preparation for privileged success and I join the Tabard fraternity.

Mentor Harbor Yachting Club of Greater Cleveland Christmas Party — Not quite the Myron “Mike” Baker Furniture Land of Ohio Christmas Party at The Theatrical Grill on Short Vincent in Cleveland, the elitist gentile borrowers socialize conjuring powers of fund-raising for security forces for screams of involuntary reactions commenting on hawkish extremist militarism, but anyways I enjoyed shaking hands with television’s Mr. JING-A-LING at Tower City at Public Square which is The Square, at Halle’s 7th floor near the statue of Moses Cleaveland.

I bought Perry Como’s Christmas Album and Pat Boone’s Christmas Album. I bought Paul Anka’s Christmas Album. I bought Frank Sinatra’s Christmas Album. I bought Elvis Presley’s Christmas Album. I bought Nat King Cole’s Christmas Album. I bought George Beverly Shea’s liked album. I bought The Oak Ridge Boys great album.

— Scott B.

Right on, my friend. If you had asked a question, I would have answered, but I’m glad you didn’t. I feel there is kind of truth here that one can never find in Plato, Proust, Picasso, or Pinksy. It may not be a greater truth, but it may be a deeper, simpler truth. We need accidental poetry because sometimes we can discern the current of the world running through the musings of a stranger.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

The problem with Coronado’s 4x4 accelerated learning

Damage to kids’ lives
Next Article

Been to Guatay, Buckman Springs, La Posta, Live Oak Springs, Boulevard, Bankhead Springs?

Warner Springs' tragic Indians and modern in-fighting, Jacumba's vanished dreams, odd place on the border
Not a Christmas album.
Not a Christmas album.

The world is full of accidental poets. You can find them anywhere if you look, and searching for accidental poetry is a time-honored hipster tradition. Accidental poetry stands in stark contrast to the rarefied musings of poets laureate. An accidental poet may not mean to create true poetry, yet he or she reveals intrinsic truths where they are least expected. Consider the following chain of letters, reproduced verbatim but-for the addition of a “Dear Hipster” out of respect for the format, sent by an accidental poet over the course of the past six weeks:

Dear Hipster:

I went to Dartmouth and listened to records like the Grateful Dead “Europe ‘72”. The College taught me culture enrichment like the great Christmas Concert at the Hopkins Center Spaulding Auditorium. Mel Snyder taught Psychology 7 - “Helplessness” in which a text can inform you that an experiment where rats are shocked with electricity quit and cannot do anything, and I suggested that Neil Young’s song “Helpless” be the theme song of the course. The professors of Dartmouth’s Psychology Department threatened me with hated evil guns and I screamed.

I joined the Tabard fraternity at Dartmouth and I did not like that members of the club threatened me with guns. The Tabard fraternity Brothers could not handle food and the beer on tap made me vomit. When it was required to sit with joiners of the Tabard at Ma Thayer Dartmouth dining then I refused many poison offers and the brothers I was interested in being with threatened me with guns and I screamed and I was charged by Dartmouth with “trespassing.” That is exclusive privileged elitist rich education.

I prepare for 1972 Park Synagogue Bar Mitzvah at Cleveland Heights Ohio and I send invitations to appropriate familiar personalities including Dianne Feinstein (Di) and Barbara Streisand and Neil Diamond and Bob Dylan and Liza Minelli who is Judy Garland’s daughter and Danny Thomas whose daughter is Milo Thomas. I plan to go on from Hebrew School which is not state school to private Dartmouth College which is Ivy League selective high-class elitist respected highly regarded prestigious preparation for privileged success and I join the Tabard fraternity.

Mentor Harbor Yachting Club of Greater Cleveland Christmas Party — Not quite the Myron “Mike” Baker Furniture Land of Ohio Christmas Party at The Theatrical Grill on Short Vincent in Cleveland, the elitist gentile borrowers socialize conjuring powers of fund-raising for security forces for screams of involuntary reactions commenting on hawkish extremist militarism, but anyways I enjoyed shaking hands with television’s Mr. JING-A-LING at Tower City at Public Square which is The Square, at Halle’s 7th floor near the statue of Moses Cleaveland.

I bought Perry Como’s Christmas Album and Pat Boone’s Christmas Album. I bought Paul Anka’s Christmas Album. I bought Frank Sinatra’s Christmas Album. I bought Elvis Presley’s Christmas Album. I bought Nat King Cole’s Christmas Album. I bought George Beverly Shea’s liked album. I bought The Oak Ridge Boys great album.

— Scott B.

Right on, my friend. If you had asked a question, I would have answered, but I’m glad you didn’t. I feel there is kind of truth here that one can never find in Plato, Proust, Picasso, or Pinksy. It may not be a greater truth, but it may be a deeper, simpler truth. We need accidental poetry because sometimes we can discern the current of the world running through the musings of a stranger.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Selections from the Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Back into the light
Next Article

A recording studio right next to dad’s bedroom

Tape Deck Mountain, Jonathan Karrant, Tennessee Kamanski, The Forty Nineteens, Biggie Babylon
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Drinks All Around — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close