Bruce Lee and Poetry: Recommended Listening

It’s been a while since I’ve had a blog post fall on a holiday, and never before has it fallen on the day of two holidays might I add. For those who celebrate Christmas: Merry Christmas Eve! For those who celebrate Hanukkah: Happy Hanukkah! For those don’t celebrate either: I hope you are having a good day anyway. For those who are hurting this holiday season: I feel for you.

As seen from this past week, this stink of a year that is 2016 refuses to let up, even during the holiday season. The electoral college has basically set up our country for failure these next four years by finalizing Trump as our next president (stupid heads!), the man himself is already posing as a national and international threat by speaking about how the U.S. should expand its nuclear ability, and “Star Wars” fans everywhere received a scare when Carrie Fisher suffered a heart attack yesterday.

With all the craziness going on and the fact that there are still some last-minute preparations to be made for Christmas today, I figured that today’s post would make well for a final Recommended Analyzing piece for the year. However, rather than recommend you to read or watch something, this time, I have something for you to listen.

Since its debut over the summer, I’ve been an adamant listener of the Bruce Lee Podcast. Co-hosted by his daughter Shannon Lee and Sharon Lee (no relation), each episode is devoted to exploring his life, as well as the philosophies he lived by. Despite the fact that he died fairly young, this podcast does a very good job at going in in-depth on who he was as a person, how his thought process worked, and also about all the amazing things he did, beyond being a bad-ass on the big screen.

Last week’s episode really caught my attention, for it explored Bruce and his work and interest for poetry. As Shannon and Sharon explain, he started writing poetry upon his return to the United States, after being brought up in Hong Kong; as a way of dealing with being in a country he wasn’t very familiar with. He would also write poems and letters to his wife Linda, expressing his love and deep appreciation for her being in his life.

This intricate way of self expression makes for an interesting analysis; not only coming from the guy who was known for kicking ass in movies, but also for someone who grew up in a very patriarchal culture. Despite the masculinity that was heavily present in him, poetry became a way of balancing out the feminine side of him.

I’ve been learning a lot about Bruce through this podcast, and this episode made for a particularly intriguing (at least, for me as a writer) education on how poetry and writing was utilized in his life. He understood how freeing writing can be, especially when done creatively, and how it can be used as an effective way to channel emotions. That’s why I wish I knew more people who write, for he is a fine example of just what can come of it. Plus, some of his poems are even read aloud on the episode, and you can hear the depth he conjures into these beautifully crafted words.

So if you are interested, give the episode a listen here. I also hope you consider listening to other episodes of the Bruce Lee Podcast, for they are all quite enlightening.

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