What the internet doesn’t need…

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19 Responses to What the internet doesn’t need…

  1. Matt says:

    Yes. A million times, yes.

  2. Lsura says:

    Cool! I’m a poet. Finally, I get to put my BA to work.

  3. Mikhail says:

    Not that I disagree, but didn’t you famously proclaim that “poetry is a dead language”? Plus, aren’t poets kind of like hippies?

  4. Brad says:

    What poetry needs is a poet.

    Which I think is what you meant by poetry is a dead language.

  5. I absolutely agree!! You’re one in fact Groomy. You brought us EduPunk. I found another artist – Tracky Birthday

  6. Reverend says:

    That had you written all over it.

    You’re a natural choice after your NV video, that is for certain.

    You won;t ever let me live that down, will you? In fact…

    @Brad’s point about the absence of poetry needing a poet is at the heart of the form not dealing with the changing language and forms we all know it is. Maybe poetry is too specific an idea here, but poetry is precisely what we need as a way of succinctly seeing this space through new figures. Through a variegated lens. Look at Dos Passos using novel’s like Big Money to try and make sense of the film camera and the emergence of modern Newspapers. That is a wrestling with the form through art and poetry.


    If EDUPUNK is poetry we’re all dead 🙂 But Tracky Birthday is exactly right, the real deal. That’s an expression of this space and the aesthetic. Bingo! You found one.

  7. Mikhail says:

    Live it down? You’ve all but convinced me.

  8. Alan Levine says:

    To paraphrase Cracker,

    “I don’t know what the world may need,
    But I’m sure as hell that is starts with me.
    And that’s a wisdom,
    I’ve laughed at….

    Cause, what the world needs now
    Is a new kind of tension.
    Cause the old one just bores me to death.
    Cause, what the world needs now
    Is another poet blogger
    Like I need a hole in my head.”

  9. Reverend says:


    why are you barking at me? What’d I do, I’ve been blogging these days while you yucked it up at NV, I was running out of material 😉

  10. Ed Webb says:

    Hmmm. I haven’t submitted to New Verse News for a while (http://search.freefind.com/find.html?pageid=r&id=81943023&query=webb&ics=1&fr=0) – this may be just the push I need. A gauntlet thrown down…

  11. Alan says:

    My bark was all love for the Rev.

  12. Edwin says:

    I imagine this has already made the rounds in your circle, but just in case:


  13. Steven Egan says:

    Poetry may be a dead language, but so is Latin. Carpe Somnia!

    Somnia => http://www.wordinfo.info/words/index/info/view_unit/1985

  14. pumpkiny says:

    it looks as if you’ve started carrying the torch here?


  15. Chip says:

    How about a poet-CIO? Are hyphen titles allowed? If so, I’ll aspire to be one.

  16. Chris L says:

    @Brad nonsense. I doubt poetry has ever been more alive and diverse and packed with quality in different forms and traditions than it is right now– between the ongoing center-stream, vizpo, post avant, flarf, school of quietude, etc etc etc with all kinds of amazing cross-currents and battles, poetry poking out in every form of media and self-publishing given over to publishing of the self…

    Anyone who isn’t finding good poetry today isn’t looking hard enough!

    But I agree with Jim’s contention (as I read it) that a few poets (not to mention a variety of other artists) might help blow away some of the stale smoke obscuring all the luminous mechanisms in the vast new machine.

  17. Cole says:

    Not much to add other than, agreed. I am tired of all the other noise. Some poetry might do me some good.

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