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alan
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« on: January 08, 2006, 06:47:54 PM »

The Lilly Endowment, Poetry, and the Establishment . . .
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« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2006, 01:01:30 PM »

Oh shit.

Have I offended the mighty Ruth Lilly Poetry Foundation by making fun of Ted Kooser?  

I hadn't realized that Ted K's American Life in Poetry column was part of The Ruth Lilly Poetry Foundation's campaign to democritize poetry.

I'm sorry!   Really I am!   I was just kidding!   I love what Kooser is doing!

Honest!

Yet Poetry gave a prize to William Logan.  How does one reconcile Logan and Kooser?

How does one reconcile the pugnaciousness of Logan with the blandness of Kooser?
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« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2006, 01:12:47 PM »

On behalf of the Foetry Foundation, I award you this monopoly money.
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« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2006, 03:35:25 PM »

''More poems should rhyme. More poems should have meter..."

Haven't seen much to prove that yet.  But if it does come true, then where o' where will Billy Collins be published?
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« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2006, 08:40:29 AM »

Quote from: "alan"
On behalf of the Foetry Foundation, I award you this monopoly money.


Rats!  What I wanted was the cannon.  Or at least the little dog...
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« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2006, 08:52:53 AM »

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''More poems should rhyme. More poems should have meter..."

Haven't seen much to prove that yet.  But if it does come true, then where o' where will Billy Collins be published?


I can imagine this poem:

On Being Asked To Rhyme

by Billy Collins

I'm sure Billy would rise to the challenge/or squirm out of the challenge in a perfectly witty, triumphant manner.

That will be my challenge for the week.  To see if I can write a poem with that title as if written by Billy Collins.

I need to build a better Batmobile.
I'll start off with a little shopping at Wayne Industries.

How's that for a start?

I agree with you, Wils.   The recent poems in Poetry show little formalist tendencies; in fact, the poems there seem rather more obscure and knotty and ugly and formless than the norm.  I'm not sure what's going on there.   I find myself sludging through the poems and then I enjoy myself far more when I get to the essays and reviews.
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« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2006, 09:18:35 AM »

I'm curious about the January 20th unveiling of Poetry's poetry news site.

There's another site I found which is attempting something similar.

http://thepage.name/
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