Postmodern Collage Poetry

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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Against Poetic Heresy

Today the winner of the 2006 Pulitzer in poetry was announced as Claudia Emerson (?) . another mediocre boring poet has been lionized by official verse culture.

She joins such luminaries and poetic revolutionaries as

Donald Justice (Atheneum) Poet of Light

James Schuyler (Farrar, Straus)
American Primitive by Mary Oliver (Atlantic-Little, Brown) Give me a
Carolyn Kizer (BOA Editions)
The Flying Change by Henry Taylor (Louisiana State University Press)
Partial Accounts: New and Selected Poems by William Meredith (Alfred A. Knopf)
New and Collected Poems by Richard Wilbur (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich)
Near Changes by Mona Van Duyn (Alfred A. Knopf)
Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems by Yusef Komunyakaa (Wesleyan University Press/University Press of New England)
The Simple Truth by Philip Levine (Alfred A. Knopf)
Alive Together: New and Selected Poems by Lisel Mueller (Louisiana State University Press)
Black Zodiac by Charles Wright (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Blizzard of One by Mark Strand (Alfred A. Knopf)
Repair by C.K. Williams (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Different Hours by Stephen Dunn (W.W. Norton & Company)
Practical Gods by Carl Dennis (Penguin Books)
Moy Sand and Gravel by Paul Muldoon (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Walking to Martha's Vineyard by Franz Wright (Alfred A. Knopf)
Delights & Shadows by Ted Kooser (Copper Canyon Press)
Late Wife by Claudia Emerson (Louisiana State University Press)

Do you see what is missing? No Alice Notley, No Robert Creeley, No Robert Duncan, No Harryette Mullin, No Rosemary Waltrop, No innovative poets;

Poetry Foundation picked Richard Wilbur for its Mediocre Poets Prize. He gets to join Kay Ryan, Ted Kooser, and Franz Wright in the perpetual 230 hitter hall of fame.

Catherine Daly mentioned on the Buffalo List that it is experimentos fault that all these mediocrities win these prizes so I have a proposal for all my small press brethern lets form a consortium of small innovative presses and nominate our poets for these prizes.

When are truly interesting and innovative poets going to win these prizes?

When is Charles Bernstein going to win a Poetry Foundation Award? You are going to tell me that Richard Wilbur is more important than Charles? poppycock!

Why didn't Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Charles Olson, HD, or Alice Notley win the Pulitzer?

It is because mediocre unimaginative poets are running these shows.

When Ted Kooser or Christian Wiman are running these organizations you have to wonder if they have read any poetry since Black Mountain?

It is a farce that bland dishwater poetry is winning awards.

How was it that James Tate beat out Robert Creeley in 1992?

Fuck poetry