Thursday, November 4, 2010

Amnesty International/A Prophecy

A couple of months back, Amnesty International chose for their advertising video a poem by Allen, his May 1968 poem (from Fall of America), A Prophecy. "O Future bards/chant from skull to heart to ass/as long as language lasts.." A variety of voices in a variety of settings sound out the lines. We certainly support Amnesty International's essential cause, and if poetry has to be co-opted by advertising, better this than anything else! If you've not seen it yet, here's the video (with music by Aphex Twin, directed by Fernando Vallejo). Vallejo, Colombian born, a biologist and a writer, as well as a filmmaker, renounced his citizenship and took up Mexican nationality in 2007.

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