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No News But Fake News

September 13, 2008

it’s possible that poetry gets the most consistent coverage from a fictional newspaper. which means that the majority of “news” one can review about poetry is largely satirical–an albeit strange and prickly but not entirely terrible way to be represented in the world.  recently, my colleague alerted me to this article, rife with the typical poetry clap-trap.  i won’t lie: i LOLed.  at least we can laugh at ourselves.

you sad, sad clown-poets.

National Endowment For The Arts Funds Construction Of $1.3 Billion Poem

“This poem is an eyesore,” said literary critic Stanley Fish. …”Sure, some of the imagery might be beautiful, but is this poem actually going to be useful?” Fish said. “Or are people just going to look at it and go, ‘Huh. Interesting.’ Why not put this money toward something everybody can enjoy, like a TV pilot or a New Yorker cartoon caption?”

“The government needs to stop throwing billions of dollars at the arts,” he added.

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