Words of the Oppressed

Walt Whitman photo

I have a great friend to thank for introducing me to the works of Walt Whitman. I was aware of him growing up, but was not to familiarise myself until I reached University. I was looking for an audition piece that not only stood out but also resinated and could be seen as a contemporary piece of literature. When I asked my friend to aid me, a copy of Walt Whitman’s work was passed into my palm and I was told to refer my readings to a certain poem entitled, As I Lay With My Head In Your Lap Camerado.

After reading this poem, I found Whitman’s words so captivating and the message,  particularly struck a chord. As noted in my earlier posts, I have a curious leaning to the voice of the Oppressed within the arts and this poem sung true to these leanings. His words are filled with the struggles and Oppressions that he experiences with his sexuality and how he has come to terms that the Oppressors will vilify him, but his strength and declaration will push him through regardless.

I leave you with his words, with which I have hopefully provided with adequate force and deliverance without casting any shadow on its beauty.

About thegonzotrap

Like an illicit drug injected straight into a vein, drama and the creative arts grabbed hold of me from an early age. Whatever form it took on, I was hooked. This intoxication went straight to my brain, infusing every impulse with creative energy and injecting it with so much passion and vitality that it could lift me higher than anything that I could imagine. There are many forms that have inspired me over the years, leaving me hungry for more. Always something to whet my appetite. I have tried to harness this yearning. Always aspiring to seek out what truly invigorates my soul and for a while, this drive has laid dormant, but now, it has begun to resurrect itself. The only way to let any form of creativity to flourish is to observe it: Its' traits, its' habits, it's ebbs and flows. I have decided to create this blog in order to record and collate anything that may ignite the senses. Currently, I am training as a multiplatform producer. I aim to bring together the skills from the scholarship I have undertaken at Metro Screen with other qualities that I have attained over the years. Whether this is through acting, editing or production management, merging this with things that have inspired me thus far and hopefully beyond. My target is to bill myself as a Gonzo Multiplatform Producer. This blog will be my journey.
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2 Responses to Words of the Oppressed

  1. Rene says:

    Wow – powerful poem and captivating recital. Thanks for sharing Paul!

    • thegonzotrap says:

      Glad you thought that I did it justice Rene.
      This poem certainly resonates. Been hooked on Whitman’s work ever since.
      Thanks for your reply.

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