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I guess we’re all called poets now…

March 13, 2010

Heidi Montag wrote hubby Spencer Pratt quite the epic poem this V-day.

Ah. The math of poetry is crushing us.  We’ve been telling you about the two chapboooks our left nut has, and the collaborative project we’re working on with your momma.  But we think bookninja says it best:

The notion that writing and performing “poetry” is the easiest way to satisfy the American itch for 15 minutes of fame has spilled out of our campuses and into the wider culture. You can’t pick up a violin or oboe for the first time on Monday morning and expect to play at Lincoln Center that weekend, but you can write your first poem in May and appear at an open mike in June waving a “chapbook” for sale. The new math of poetry is driven not by reader demand for great or even good poetry but by the demand of myriads of aspiring poets to experience the thrill of “publication.”

3 Comments leave one →
  1. avantexte permalink
    March 14, 2010 12:32 am

    not sure I agree here; while there are certainly more poets than there are people willing to read them (yes, I believe that’s true)–fact is anybody can experience the thrill of “publication” in any form they happen to want–just like anybody can pick up a violin and play in the local subway station.

  2. March 14, 2010 2:02 am

    bookninja isn’t the original source of the article. it’s the “chronicle”. the author is himself a really shitty poet, ironically:

    • March 15, 2010 12:16 am

      thanks, Matt– if there’s anything the Vowel Movers need more than diet coke and mac and cheese with sprinkles, it’s a good fact-checker. we’re grateful for your readership and smarts.

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