Thursday, April 05, 2007

I'm a little slow this year, but once again April is upon us, which means, of course, National Poetry Month.

Click here to read a provocative article by Charles Bernstein called "Against National Poetry Month As Such." In it, he explains his disdain for mainstream poetry, and proposes an International Anti-Poetry month, which would run the following ad in all the major daily newspapers:

Go ahead, don't read any poetry.

You won't be able to understand it anyway:
the best stuff is all over your head.

And there aren't even any commercials to liven up the action.

Anyway, you'll end up with a headache trying to figure out
what the poems are saying because they are saying

Who needs that.

Better go to the movies.