Monday, March 31, 2008

National Poetry Month Is Coming!

But Charles Bernstein probably won't be celebrating. Bernstein writes, "Through its 'safe poetry' free verse distribution program, the American Academy of Poetry's major initiative for National Poetry Month is to give away millions of generic 'poetry books' to random folks throughout the country. This program is intended to promote safe reading experiences and is based on ARF's founding principle that safe poetry is the best prophylactic against aesthetic experience."


Do we agree? Frankly, all this talk of prophylactics has us a little distracted. He gets all hyper about poems being accessible. We think he says some stuff about MTV, too. We like MTV. What's going on with The Hills lately? ...


Tuesday, March 4, 2008

We're Hot for Teacher


One of Donald Barthelme's best-known short stories is "The School." We imagine it something like this: