to sit by the Campfire...
wasteland theory contends that all would be a wasteland
inhabited by savages were it not for the intervention of contemporary
civilization. The term "civilization" creates
a convenient distinction between savage and contemporary man.
The savage is obviously incapable of comprehending this concept and civilized man is rarely, if ever, called upon to explain it. Yet
free to use it limitlessly to justify whatever he chooses.
And so the
language of the poet becomes either the rambling of the wasteland
savage or a brilliant linguistic exercise of a perceptive, sensitive