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Rip GURU

nuff’ said.

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An article in the Critics section of The New Yorker (April 12, 2010) is dedicated to the Poet Laureate of these United States Kay Ryan. Sigh. Ryan is known for her ee cummings like line formation and her oddly placed rhymes, I think. Anyways here is the original portion of text of one of her poems quoted in the article:

Fountains, for instance,

have a periphery

at some distance

from the spray.

On nice days

idle people circle

all the way around

the central spout.

They do not get wet.

They do not get hot.

Here is how it would look if the author did not so glaringly suffer from a clot of blood in her brain:

Fountains, for instance, have a periphery

at some distance from the spray.

On nice days idle people circle

all the way around the central spout.

They do not get wet nor hot.

Either way you slice or dice this garbage that is still what it is. The Grand Symbology behind this excerpt is painfully lucid. Can one be any more clunky in their language and meaning? 

-Now this is our Poet Laureate I am trashing so bear with me. Who possesses the nerve to be so puerile in their writing? Mom I want a cookie or I will twist and shout. 

-Obviously Kay Ryan has been teaching poetry and writing for many years. She bears the mark of the one who knows what they seek yet lacks the fertile ground to bear the fruit of their ambitions.

Boring, sorry, but I could go on it is just that she is the Chancellor of the Academy of American Potheads and I don’t want to ruffle any one feather.

Kay Ryan – A Lark(in)

You see

its not really

what we wish it

is just that what

we wish to be

is for jocund

company and that

much more respect

than our quiet

mothers had

Thats enough for one day.

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In her new piece of fiction in The New Yorker  Joyce Carol Oates really spews froth. It’s not that the short story is bad, it is terrible. Why is it terrible? Well if her sub-par dialogue, no sense of place and boring flashbacks weren’t enough it is because JCO is just a plain terrible writer. I said it first! Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.

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