Miller Francis jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, 20 October 1969
OURS IS AN age of reluctant ambivalence. The impact of the new is devastatingly real, but the clinging corpse of what has been and what is passing still casts an imprisoning form and pattern over those forms and patterns struggling to come alive. The warriors of our movement for change attempt to mold their ideology in the dead forms of an obsolete Western intellectual tradition; the priests of the movement try to force an Aquarian vision into the backwash of the receding Piscean waves — one exults Content over Form, one Form over Content, neither seems prepared for the explosion which will result on that day when they become the same thing, when the word is made flesh.
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