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Interview with someone who is currently alive: what’s it like? It’s fucking beautiful.

The following was written on March 12, 2013, and posted to ktmcveigh.com

I hung out with Steve Roggenbuck and a bunch of other great poets tonight in Brooklyn, and I feel so alive. Steve began his set by reciting this excerpt from the Preface to Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman:

This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul; and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.

Then he read a series of his hilarious tweets and performed some of his own poems. Throughout the night, I was mouthing the words along with him and smiling.

It was one of those experiences where you feel completely full and whole, like there’s absolutely nothing missing from your life and you have so much to look forward to and everything is beautiful. Steve calls it “boosting”, when you bring someone to that level of happiness. Nights like tonight make me want to boost everyone in the world.

The future is exciting, and the present is inspiring and wonderful. Give Steve’s work a chance if you haven’t heard of him before, he is a beautiful human being.

I AM SO HAPPY! BOOST BOOST BOOST

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