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poets for a new generation

March 28, 2008


you never forget the person who first made you really want to read poetry and understand it. many vowel movers were 10 or 11 years old. it was a thursday night and FOX TV was about to air one of the most powerful endorsements poetry received in the 1990s (or perhaps since).

dylan mkay, the swooniest of all, carried a volume of lord byron in his 1961 Porsche 356 Speedster Convertible. when naive midwesterner, brandon walsh, snickers, “Lord Byron? Seriously?”, the cosmopolitan dylan lets his companion know poetry is no sissy game. “Byron…Mad, bad and dangerous to know. That was him and that’s me.”

as it turns out, dylan was directly quoting lord byron’s lover, lady caroline lamb. and from the looks of this little article the reputation was well earned. kinda sounds like lb is a really big slut, huh?

can catherine wagner keep up? can poetry make fucking the new everything?


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