Amateurs and Canonizers


  1. Chris Lott
    Chris Lott April 29, 2011 at 4:42 am .

    I was just catching up on Bill's posts right before I came here. You are spot on, as usual, though I fear the cruel torture you might face from Bok and the rest who are involved in the slow-motion "cultural trainwreck" without, apparently, being aware of it.

  2. Ed Baker
    Ed Baker April 28, 2011 at 1:13 am .

    don&#39;t need no chop sticks to sip this home-brew<br />and<br />am watching Rooster Cogburn for the first time<br /><br />the more I sip<br />the better the movie gets<br /><br />Hepburn really makes John Wayne &quot;work&quot;<br /><br />as far as acakneemic poets and their Tues/Thur 7 am classes<br /><br />I slept threw them and flunked out! Some dumb fucking luck, huh?

  3. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison April 27, 2011 at 10:25 pm .

    Odimus et amamus, Bill—as Catullus might have writ had he not been ripping off Anakreon (&quot;love and yet I do not love, / I am crazy and I am not crazy&quot;). I read all this somewhere, in translation, of course….<br /><br />And Ed—your reply reminds of a famous Tang stand-up comic who had a bit about a guy named Benjamin. The poor guy had somehow offended the Goddess, who laid a curse on

  4. Conrad DiDiodato
    Conrad DiDiodato April 27, 2011 at 10:09 pm .

    Well said,Joseph<br /><br />I&#39;m with Knott &amp; the amateurs: doing it &#39;cause I love it. You&#39;re probably tired of me saying it again, but it bears repeating: academics have killed poetry.<br /><br />Funny how the greats, Pound, Eliot, Williams, Oppen, Stein, Joyce,Stevens,O&#39;Hara, Crane, Sandburg etc. etc.—not a bloody one of &#39;em was an academic.

  5. Ed Baker
    Ed Baker April 27, 2011 at 8:09 pm .

    I somewhere have read that Tang quote…<br /><br />I think that it is famous…<br /><br />and that famous painter? wasn&#39;t me.<br /><br />I said : &quot;if the foo shits /w-hear it.&quot;<br /><br />which I copped from my Chinesse Muse in 1959<br />when I ate her with My Golden Chop Stick !

  6. knott
    knott April 27, 2011 at 6:28 pm .

    Joseph, thanks for your kind words—<br /><br />can&#39;t remember the famous painter who refuted his critics by asking, Does the bird pay any attention to the ornithologist?<br /><br />It&#39;s not just in the arts of course, but the sciences as well: cf a piece in the May 14 2007 issue of The New Yorker, &quot;Crash Course,&quot; by Elizabeth Kolbert, re two paragraphs from page 74:<br /><br />

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