The process as I see it goes something like this: from abandon to erotic mysticism, from erotic mysticism to the mysticism of sacramental marriage, thence to the realization of the ethical mysticism of universal responsibility.
Wikipedia says in 1941 "Rexroth married the nurse and poet Marie Kass. They opened up their home to weekly literary discussions, anti-war protesters, and Japanese-American convalescents avoiding internment." Wikipedia also says, "Rexroth self-identified as a philosophical anarchist," and that he was "a pacifist, a conscientious objector during World War II, and was actively involved with helping Japanese-American internees."
Who is Kenneth Rexroth? I don't know. But I'm enjoying finding out.
A while ago my father told me about a man he'd met whose job it was, during the 1940s in Ontario, to transport German and Japanese-Canadian prisoners from one prison camp to another. Dad said he was a really nice guy. I believe him wholeheartedly. What a fucked up time.
post by NAMERS. The image is a collage of the military awards of Alexander Haig. I don't know why.