I’ve always been fond of of anything that explores the topic of what Pete Townshend called the “teenage wasteland.” In fact, my poem “The Wasteland” probably has more to do with my formative years than the dusty Central Oregon landscape. In my mind, Dazed and Confused is one of the best films to ever explore the topic. It also doesn’t hurt that the film has by many accounts achieved cult film status, and features a number of actors and actresses who went on to become stars. One of my favorite lines in the film is spoken by the character Cynthia: “You know, I’d like to quit thinking of the present, like right now, as some minor insignificant preamble to something else.” I couldn’t agree more.
When it comes to “A New Beginning…”, there’s definitely a “teenage wasteland” component. Divided into three parts, “A New Beginning…” delves into the past, present, and future. Sound familiar? The past, of course, is where the “teenage wasteland” component comes in. By contrasting that component with both the present (middle age) and the future (old age), I explore the human psyche in its three most prominent forms. I’m not going to lie, sometimes I feel like my writing process is a psychological experiment gone awry. That, of course, is what I’m going for and what makes it fun. Every now and then, though, I have to take a break and just enjoy life. I’m on a deadline, however, so I suppose I should finish up Part Two. While I’m working, enjoy the “Baba O’Riley” video below: