Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Anon., "Response to Kentson #6"


Response to Kentson #6

Which Ivy-educated post-avantish blogosphere luminary is so taken with his newest collection, he’s given to handing signed copies out to dead animals, sick taxidermists and the homeless in his California city …... …Perhaps a mummy's best friend is an Egyptologist:… Which one-time “major prizewinner” has been putting more money and effort into rehauling her decolletage than her poetic line? "Now I go and drink bad coffee with... "It was a glass eye. There was a hairline crack down the middle..... the white pupil of the night sky's ash-colored eye—we see our professor .... inveterate prankster and magus of the Midwest concocts schemes for revivifying the neglected art of poetry criticism when not, etc. etc. Star-Kist is the major employer in American Samoa employing 75% of the Samoan work force. ... Checking and writing every car up for being PARKED with... dolls and plush panda bears stuffed with sand, nails and shards of glass. I applaud, that is to say, John Kentson’s characteristically provocative bid to stir up the somnolent waters of poetic discussion by encouraging a more freewheeling, less responsibly moribund approach to reviewing. ... owning a Red Rider gun constantly being shut down with the old "You'll shoot your eye out! ...fucktard…You don’t care what the American people think? CHENEY: No. Let a thousand flowers bloom, why not, and god knows most anything would be preferable to the anxiously stillborn and proto-blurb-laden notices haunting the pages of Ploughshares or Quarterly West. ..... Once I threw a glass bottle in a regular trash can. ... And at the same time, the logic of the anonymous review is not too terribly far off from that of the blind item. "Can we see how, asshole?" intervened Carlos, who had discovered Clara's .... shake off the ashes from her cigarette or to take another drink from her glass. ...... Would its loosening of strictures really encourage more serious thinking about poetry, or simply more noise? I mean this as a genuine question. ... Did I ever tell you about the man who taught his asshole to talk? ... maladroitly squeezed, twisting up out of the bathroom glass drooling paste, .... bribe a South American customs official into overlooking a shrunken-down head. ...... While the gaggle of creeps and cretins surrounding the most salient contemporary project of critical anonymity, that associated with Alan Cordle’s “Foetry,” gives little encouragement, I take John’s point that editorial judgment will, as ever, bear the burden of quality assurance. A young Latin American novelist says no more flying grannies ... Still, we might recall that the anonymous practices of yore had their personal and professional costs. Walter Lowrie, in his “Short Life of Kierkegaard,” sums up the last days of a onetime Copenhagen wag, his reputation destroyed in the wake of the notorious Corsair affair: “P. L. Møller betook himself to Paris, and in France he died before long in abject misery, befriended only by two women whom he had seduced.” The sad tale of P. L. Møller aside, the discussion surrounding the Guriel article puts me a bit in mind of debates that swirled in my central New York hometown during its fitful decline from manufacturing hub to crack haven...... A fresh glass of VO in one hand, flashing his trailer-park grin, ... Sean Connery: Then the day is mine! ... [ screen reveals a drawing of an eye ] You drew a picture of an eye. ... The majority of American people don't agree with you and never have. ... ... it's your right to vote To keep these fucking assholes in line It will ... Hey now honey, open your eyes there's a mushroom cloud up in the sky Your hair ... One local visionary liked to tout the potential of a mag-lev high-speed train from Syracuse to Rochester as the secret to putting the region back on its feet. One can appreciate the undeniable charm of such monorail mania without endorsing its inattention to the larger structural features of the situation. ... lie down you're dead safe in the permanent gaze of a cold glass eye with ... .. She has a weakness for dubious ethnic analogies: “His eyes were wild, like those of the ... I worry, in other words, that heterodox reviewing practices represent a kind of poetic mag-lev train. “If you don’t have a glass of wine and you want one, ... What really gets us down, when we get down about poetry criticism, it seems to me, is how little any of it seems to matter for anything beyond professional advancement. If it did, how could it mostly be so dreary? Clay Aiken, the “American Idol” star, and now a UNICEF ambassador, was hiding in a corner. ....... With madness eye and candied cane. The children sleep no more. .......... That most reviews are blandly positive is just one facet of this problematic; Guriel demonstrates that vapid negative reviews are no more satisfying, as does the career of.... News reaches me from the Latin America press, from Spain and the rest of Europe. ... I'll never forget the 56-year-old American Indian who was refused ... ... which probes the asshole of society with more glee and wicked humor than anyone since ..... William Logan, who has toiled in the fields of criticism for decades while remaining wonderfully innocent of the nature of genuine poetic achievement, even if, like the late John Simon, he occasionally succeeds in transmuting bile into wit. I was a mer-woman with one eye. Get it straight! ... The poetry criticism that has meant the most to me has been almost universally appreciative, whether Ashbery on Stein, Robert Hass on Rilke, Joan Retallack on Cage, or Paul Muldoon on Frost. not true, Dearest Mom? shit can’t remember title - a few years back. .... public….may “view his own face in a looking-glass by the most powerful light he could throw upon it” ... admonishes him at the novel’s end for his American. “horrible sharp eye.” .... cultural Americana, from assholes to ice-cream cones, ... While justified smackdowns can pack an amusing wallop, and a body of prickly criticism clear space for novel aesthetic maneuvering, it’s most often when an author feels a deep kinship to a subject that the responsiveness characteristic of the most illuminating and instructive criticism can take hold.... motel room in whatever South American country was harvesting hallucinogens, ... tomato suctions” and …he began to describe his nightmares, ... He wanted to watch, too. “Hey, Rip Van Winkle,” the cop started. ... I don’t think such acts of critical engagement are incompatible with the more riotous sallies that John envisions, and it may be that creating more critical hubbub will only encourage the intellectual and emotional investments of readers and writers. .. a piece of glass, through an unopened doorway, even beneath cracks in the floor. ... screwing God Twitter 44: Vishnu rolls his eyes as if slowly awakening from a month of ... balsa rafts and metal alloys; Egyptian glass and Roman concrete; ... Like a wave of green breaking over his eyes. Facing west, the sun behind the ... It's depressing around here, all these assholes on roller blades with hockey sticks.... But I do want to insist on the value of perceptive and informed appreciation, individual acts of attention all the more vital against the dark canopy of our historical moment. Like the bones he had in an artfully made glass case on the upstairs bathroom. .... And that escalator to nowhere.'' .... 100% TRUE.. .. diet of sonic photography in light of making my glass eye more versatile and, ... MONO MONO. ... Her eyes lit with recognition. "Oh! ...

[Note: John Beer, JBR]


RECONFIGURATIONS: A Journal for Poetics & Poetry / Literature & Culture,
http://reconfigurations.blogspot.com/, ISSN: 1938-3592, Volume Three (2009): Immanence/ Imminence

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