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Re: “Home Cooked From Far Away

Here you can watch Almaz COOK and boy can she COOK!
https://vimeo.com/18358752

Posted by Petrushka Pavlovich on 01/05/2017 at 6:01 PM

Re: “The Varied Carols of the Season

Belt buckle, high-wall through the troves,
heat, hot pink and speckled, eats our eyes until seen
far off, in the world that exists, close things hunker--eating
whatfor, howcome, I chortle not knowing what it means,
digress, digress, the words become meaningless
dead words and dead tongues speak softly to nihilism
wrenched loosely the hot-cold meaning bereft of sirens
hearken to the harpy's call, these words...mean nothing at all

Poetry certainly exists, but poets laureate should certainly not! :P

Posted by Lysander_Spooner on 01/04/2017 at 5:09 PM

Re: “Winter Begins in Spokane, Washington

An interesting juxtaposition that I think betrays the laureates as frauds and anti-poets goes back to the laurels. Laurels were gifts of distinction. Though, the thing about gifts of distinction is that sometimes the act of making something distinct can be corrupted by the want to create an aura OF distinction where there is no merit. Merit stands on its own and therefore needs no distinction. It is interesting, the act of declaring a poet laureate, I can see no purpose that isn't tainted with a political vanity. It is sort of like how the president "pardons" a turkey for Thanksgiving. He isn't granting mercy to the turkey but expressing his sovereign right to both consecrate death and to be a source of life all in the same. To be a GOD! Now that is poetic.

Similarly to the turkey pardon is the act of declaring a poet to be good--in need of laurels. From my experience most poets are not that good. Like this Bard of Sherman Ave character that DFO has been wasting inches on. I don't really think that self-described poets even know what they are doing beyond crafting nursery rhymes using a rhyming dictionary. But nursery rhymes are not poems. How many laureates from ages passed have reached the pinnacle of the art? I would surmise that there are a great many 'poets' laureate that have been forgotten entirely. I certainly hope that they don't get paid, even so, that they get this press because of the emblems the central government has granted them seems an abuse of power akin to obergruppenfuehrer Ozzie plastering his face on billboards with public money.

Poets need obscurity and obscurity needs poetry. As a fan of poetry--pardon my taste--I would wish that good poets are found by those that love poetry rather than declared by political institutions.

The opening paragraph of this article is really quite silly. If one's aim is to "capture" a time, the poem is literally one of the least authoritative means. Poetry, rather,--good poetry--is almost always an act of destruction, of conflict of senselessness; it is not a mechanism with which to record facts, except, perhaps by cultural context. In a sense, poets can make meaning. They can speak jabberwocky to the chortlers and reach deep down within the vorpals grasping for the jubjub bird with a snicker snack. My fear is that most poets are high-minded sophists who have managed to fool themselves; that truth bears the fruit of a laureate. lol

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Posted by Lysander_Spooner on 01/03/2017 at 12:42 PM

Re: “Ode to a Pomegranate

Martha Stewart recommends cutting the pomegranate into fourths and then whacking the skin side so the seeds fall out. your poem helps me appreciate more a fruit I love.

Posted by Elizabeth on 12/29/2016 at 1:58 PM

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  • Re: Home Cooked From Far Away

    • Here you can watch Almaz COOK and boy can she COOK!
      https://vimeo.com/18358752

    • on January 5, 2017
  • Re: The Varied Carols of the Season

    • Belt buckle, high-wall through the troves, heat, hot pink and speckled, eats our eyes until…

    • on January 4, 2017
  • Re: Winter Begins in Spokane, Washington

    • An interesting juxtaposition that I think betrays the laureates as frauds and anti-poets goes back…

    • on January 3, 2017
  • Re: Ode to a Pomegranate

    • Martha Stewart recommends cutting the pomegranate into fourths and then whacking the skin side so…

    • on December 29, 2016
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