Poetics and Poetry Discussion
(5/30/2014 5:22:00 PM)
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I don't understand why an intelligent person would find it difficult to understand the rules of popularity. Watch any one of the many, current TV talent competitions. It only takes a few viewings to detect the formula adopted by the creators and presenters. They would willingly sacrifice any number of genuinely talented artists, in preference to a mediocre ability, neatly and sweetly wrapped in a sob story. These shows are financed by the gullible votes of the uninformed majority. But, hold on a minute. Isn't that the idea behind democracy?So if it turns out that the majority like pish, does that not make pish, the pish of choice. Look, in all honesty, " Public Popularity" is coveted by the governments, the businesses and the entertainers of every nation and culture. International recognition of, and critical acceptance and endorsement of any artistic talent, may help to boost sales of a truly talented poet/writer, but sales are the measure by which the publishers dictate who will be pre-booked for further publishing(s) . Mr Hofstadter may have devoted his whole life to poetry, but perhaps he should have taken into account that the majority of people in the poetic circle, are amateurs, novices and dreamers, wrapped in the romanticism of the rebel, who couldn't give rats-arse about the ruminations of the academic fraternity.
I once posted a poem which brought some wonderful warnings from the late Michael Shepherd, where he told me not to dumb down for the audience...; ¬)
The bonfire of the profanities?
My first is in Flipper
And also in Fish
My 2nd’s in Ulster
(“Can you guess what it is yet?” said Rolf)
When I'm in the store, with the store men
we curse our heads off.
That's the way we talk
When I'm in the office, we use it
going more for innuendo than outright filth.
When I'm with upper management,
It can be the store or the church
When I’m backstage, before the gig
It’s like being in the store... times ten
On stage, we have to gauge
At home, the question never arises.
And as I tailor my language,
to communicate with each scenario I encounter,
I feel not one shred of hypocrisy.
A wonderful thing, this language of ours
Do with it, as you will
But leave my multi-linguality alone.
(5/30/2014 3:47:00 PM)
He surely meant to write " 20 major American poets" ....