192.1: Joel Dias-Porter:: Elegy for Atlantic City & The Idea of Improvisation at Newport (1961) & Seven Things I Should Have Said, Before You Left. & Whitman’s Sampler
14 September 2015
As I write this introduction, I am listening to the version of “Atlantic City” by The Band. Now, I don’t know if Joel Dias-Porter likes The Band, but one line that sticks out in this song that is applicable to the poems here is: “Well, I’m tired of g’tting caught out on the losin’ end / But I talked to a man last night, / Gonna do a little favor for him.” Dias-Porter always features a speaker in between places—lamenting the past and fearlessly ambling into the future. It is the ethos of Americana—always mobile and on the road, where: