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Re: 'A poem should, etc.'

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Árni Ibsen <[log in to unmask]>

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Poetryetc provides a venue for a dialogue relating to poetry and poetics <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 11 Sep 2002 10:01:19 +0000

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Thank you very much, Max. Very generous.  This is very useful

Best

┴rni


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┴rni Ibsen
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on 9/10/02 9:25 PM, cooee at [log in to unmask] wrote:

> It took me a while to shift my copy of BRAND-X POETRY: A Parody Anthology,
> edited by William Zaranka, Picador, 1984, 418 pages, to the computer, but
> here at last is his MacLeish.
> 
> (The same book was published in the US by Apple-wood Books, 1981, as THE
> BURNT NORTON ANTHOLOGY, the cover of which shows a colour picture in the
> style of William Blake called 'The Full Professors' - they appear to be
> stoning some bard to death.)
> 
> Ar(chibald')s Poetica
> 
> A poem may boast bravado
> Like a muted avocado
> 
> Shriek
> Like old razor blades to the cheek
> 
> Resound like the moss-grown casements
> Of flooded basements
> 
> But a poem to be laudable
> Must be inaudible
> 
> * * *
> 
> A poem should be hushed
> As a bowl of mush
> 
> Leaving as the mush is swallowed
> Mouthful by mouthful the spoon-entangled hollow
> 
> Leaving as the mush goes down
> Memories of the lack of sound
> 
> A poem should be hushed
> As a bowl of mush
> 
> * * *
> 
> A poem like a proper child
> Should not be wild
> 
> Should clean its face
> Should not mean all over the place
> 
> Should  not be particularly present, should avoid
> The regions of Cupid
> 
> Should be
> A little bit stupid
> 
> --Alan Ribback
> 
> The acknowledgements spell this Riback, and give Furioso, 1951, as source.
> 
> 'William Zaranka, editor of BRAND-X POETRY and its companion BRAND-X FICTION
> (also in Picador) is also the director of the writing programme at the
> University of Denver. He is an amateur astrologer and lives with his wife
> Ruth and son Jake in Colorado.'
> 
> The anthology begins with 'Winter is icummen in' (Pound) and proceeds
> chronologically to Strand, Benedikt, Wakowski, Simic, Tate, AI, and Russell
> Edson. An essay on 'Prosodomy' follows ('Verse may be distinguished from
> prose not only by its spelling, but also by its high compression and rhythm
> method.' etc.)
> 
> Zaranka's own parodies are of Frost ('Left-Leaning TRESPASSERS WILL BE SHOT
> Sign', Chaucer, Plath -
> 
> Ragout
> 
> What a trick -
> Your prick instead of a carrot.
> O pinch of pepper lover,
> My soprano man,
> 
> Once a week I try it, I do,
> Whetting the carving knives,
> Making a stew,
> A stew of the privates of you.
> 
> etc
> 
> Creeley, Berryman, Wilbur, Hecht
> 
> Zaranka's 'Foreplay' criticises the Ed Norton Anthology ('While it boasts
> single colons (poetry in double colons reads unnaturally) and comfortable
> margarines, it errs in its predictably biased selection'.... 'More
> specialized contemporary anthologies, such as Stephen Bug's and Robert
> Measly's Naked Lunch Poetry, or A. Poupon's Temporary Poetry, or even
> Haystack Carruth's The Vice That Is Great Within Us, are similarly
> flawed...' 'an alternative to the traditional literary corpse as defined in
> Eliot's Tradition and the Individual Tyrant...')
> 
> Beginning readers should consult Zaranka's introductory essays to
> 1.The Middle-Aged, with its brief chronology from
> 
> ca.450: Hell's Anglo-Anne Sexton Conquest
> to
> 1485:   End of "War of the Roadsters"
> 
> 2.The Renaissance
> 
> 1485: Hnery VII invents Tudor Ford
> to
> 1649: Interragtime. Charles massacred by Piedmontese.
> 
> Z's summary of the 'discombobulation of sensibility' is recommended.
> 
> On pages 105-8 he summarizes Resurrection England and the Neo-Calcified Age
> with its Heavy Traffic in Mockery.
> 
> The Nineteenth Century  runs from Lyrical Bellows to 1884: Tennyson accepts
> porridge.
> Page 144 instructs us in advent of Romanticism: 'what the German Romantics
> called "Selbstbefleckung", translated by William Wordsworth to mean "the
> spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings."'
> 146: 'Walt Whitman, the "Brooklyn fairy," whose Leaves of Gas anticipates...
> Whitman, whose invention of free verse (from the french, amour libre) he
> likened to "dispensing food without a hairnet"...'
> 
> Z's twentieth century begins:
> 
> 1912: Pound issues "Harriet Monroe Doctrine"
> 
> and fades away with
> 
> 1980: Snack philanthropist James Muncher funds Iowa Cheese-Doodlers
> 
> His concluding paragraph groups contemporary poets as Hors d'oeuvres Poets,
> Confection Poets, Before-Dinner-Drink Poets and After-Dinner Drink Poets
> (Norman Drambuie and Coffee Awoonor).
> 
> All this seems in need of updating, PoetryEtc readers will agree.
> 
> Max Richards at Cooee, Melbourne
> 
> Coo-ee - Australia's Open Garden Scheme - 28-29 September - Relaxed
> profusion of Australian and exotic plants....spectacular mosaic table
> depicts 'the serpent in the garden'.

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