Daedalic Throng - Poem by gershon hepner
Language, ordered in a manner that is Orphic,
mastered by the poet becomes metamorphic,
until it becomes dead, alas, as it's daedalic,
while pressing lots of buttons that are all omphalic.
Poet's Notes about The Poem
TWO of Gore Vidal's favorite pastimes were having sex and appearing on television, and at a memorial service on Thursday, Mr. Vidal — the novelist, essayist, screenwriter and all-around man of letters who died in July at the age of 86 — got to do the second at least. He was shown in several clips from a PBS documentary being his usual acerbic, witty and elegant self: taking America to task for needless wars, a bloated military-industrial complex and political hypocrisy.
He was also remembered, fondly, by a glittering retinue of friends and admirers that included Liz Smith, Elaine May, Elizabeth Ashley, Candice Bergen, Christine Ebersole and Anjelica Huston. The memorial, moderated by Dick Cavett, was held at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater on West 45th Street in Manhattan, where Mr. Vidal's 1960 play 'The Best Man, ' about a presidential campaign, is currently being revived. It was attended by literary figures like the novelist Salman Rushdie; the playwright John Guare; Robert Silvers, the editor of The New York Review of Books; and Carol Blue, the widow of Christopher Hitchens, who was once a Vidal protégé but later broke with him….
But the oddest speaker at the event, and probably the one Mr. Vidal would have relished most, was an impassioned Dennis J. Kucinich, the congressman from Ohio and two-time presidential candidate, who in tribute to Mr. Vidal's verbal gifts, read a long and somewhat mystifying passage from Act IV of Shelley's 'Prometheus Unbound': 'Language is a perpetual Orphic song/ Which rules with daedal harmony a throng/Of thoughts and forms, which else senseless and shapeless were.'
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