Douglas Barbour wrote >which I hear on the readio < ...an interesting
addition to the slew of parapraxes popping up recently*, Douglas ~ makes it
sound like a bunch of rough riders bucking the bounce outta their material,
before goin on the roadio agin.
* I think Ruark's "cicatraces" was intentional, but >It's a privilege and
one that I don't take likely< in the moving mail Alison forwarded probably
As to the theme of the thread: of course, a whole lot of "high" art is full
of >Comedy, even song, & parodies<, see Shakespeare, Joyce, Nabokov e tutti
quanti. And quite a bit of Auden would become even more popular if there
were more movies with scenes like the one in 4 -ings & a -al. Wouldn't it
be fun to drop the Snapshot project for a while at least & have a Comedy,
Song & Parody project on Wednesdays? Then the best ones could be sprayed on
the walls of the London Underground (or wherever) by intrepid chaps like
Patrick & instant fame would result, discussions in the H of C maybe (to
take the heat off cardiacly palpitating Ton'...)
Quote Jobby #5
Faced by that exceeding precision
(with the insight,
for love of the Real?)
the metallic mirror
of a lake deludes.
One knows moreover
of a trace of murk.
Loss loss. Scorpion.
I heard it
say to the fish:
what is it that stings us?
I can see wave, cloud;
I can see ashes swarming.
Dip the bird's ripped-out
quill in the moist
decay. It writes
what is after us.
Ernst Meister 1960
----- Original Message -----
From: "Douglas Barbour" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, October 20, 2003 4:11 PM
Subject: Re: Alan Sherman (was: 'poem' by George Bush)
> This whole thread is interesting in the light of that comment on whether
> not poetry can reach a wide audience etc (not).
> Comedy, even song, & parodies people understand (which means of something
> they know, so a parody of 'high' art, so to speak, will reach a much
> smaller audience than one of popular), and, of course, the conventional
> forms of fiction (& the conventional forms within the various kinds of
> fiction & non-fiction) will reach the wider audiences...
> Thus the continuing popularity of at least that one Alan Sherman piece,
> which I hear on the readio at least once a year...
> Douglas Barbour
> Department of English
> University of Alberta
> Edmonton Alberta Canada T6G 2E5
> (h)  436 3320 (b)  492 0521
> No one could be
> more hostile than a species enclosed in
> a chimney for a century or so they told me.
> Clark Coolidge