Tuesday, 8 December 2015


Rob Ayling writes: 

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Tom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. 

It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied with in seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not?"  

Godard ,when asked if he would take patronage from Grove (porno)Press,said
"I take their money.I make MY film!".Arts patronage has a pre-Renaissance history-
in our times,ANY sponsorship is salutary.Propaganda is poor art-tell Mussolini that!
as he paid sculptors to make monstrous mock-Roman glory sculptures that bloated both budgets and size.
Diego Rivera made murals on Nelson Rockefeller's dime.No worries!
Grants,subsidies,Writing Foundations selectively seed /fund writers,artists-even poets!
Money and art are in bed together with marketing and promotion.Penury maketh poor poetry.
Patrons may be Enlightened Individuals or State Agencies with Agendas-so what?
Art has its own demands-one of which is survival.Day jobs one price tag,starvation another.
Some Governments have Arts Agencies with Budgets big enough to keep Heritage Performers alive
Most sinecures(library jobs,nominal government positions)are framed so recipients survive
Witness Dylan Thomas's begging letters and his unfulfillment of writing contracts signed

Support for local artists is a basic community right-but if every one is an artist-who will you choose to support in your life?

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