12:13 P.M. Poetic Injustice … Too much of this BULLSHIT in the world !!! …

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In 1965 a 22 year old ‘ poet ‘ named Aram Saroyan scrawled a single mis-spelled word on a piece of paper … And it was declared art !!! …AramS

A year after ‘ lighght ‘ appeared in The Chicago Review , George Plimpton decided to include it in the second volume of The American Literary Anthology , which he was editing for the National Endowment for the Arts , then barely five years old … Under the NEA’s newly established Literature Program every author featured in the anthology received a cash award … Plimpton picked Saroyan’s   ‘ lighght ‘ so the NEA cut him a check for $750 … The same as all the other authors in the anthology … The Review kept $250 and Saroyan kept the rest …

I guess George needed a quick couple hundred !!! …

Aram manages to top his own one word poetic genius with a one LETTER poem !!!…saroyan

An ‘ admirer ‘ , Bob Grumman , spewed forth the standard drivel ;
‘ The poem plays on formation of an alphabet , as if ‘ m ‘ and ‘ n ‘ are in the process of separating … It can also be understood as a poem on ‘ I am ‘ , implying the formation of consciousness itself …

BlogSOOct034 copyGET OFF THE POT BOB !!! …

All of which seems reasonable enough … That is , unless you judge the poem’s worth on a strictly cost-per-word basis … Which is exactly what Congress did …

When Representative William Scherle , a Republican from Iowa , caught wind of the one-word poem , he launched a national campaign against the indefensible wastefulness of the newly established NEA , and urged the removal of its chairperson , Nancy Hanks … Jesse Helms had his hackles raised , too … Pretty soon , Michael Straight , deputy chairperson of the Endowment at the time … ‘ was personally called to the offices of 46 members of Congress to explain the matter ‘ … According to NEA documents … Mailbags of letters from fuming taxpayers clogged the agency’s boxes , most of them variations on a theme :

We can’t afford to lower taxes but we can pay some beatnik weirdo $500 to write one word … and not even spell it right ?! …

‘ If my kid came home from school spelling like that ‘  one congressman said … ‘ I would have stood him in the corner with a dunce cap ‘ …

Plimpton , for his part , wasn’t about to step out of the fray … After Scherle denounced the poem in the House of Representatives , Plimpton traveled to Iowa to campaign against him … Scherle ultimately lost his re-election bid in 1974 … And when Plimpton was asked by a congressman to explain Saroyan’s poem … According to Sabine , he responded … ‘ You are from the Midwest … You are culturally deprived , so you would not understand it anyway ‘ …

Bob gives us another brain flatulation about this one too ;

‘ Plays with the glimmering quality of light , leaving us with ‘ intimations ‘ of his single syllable of light’s expanding , silently and weightlessly … ‘ gh ‘ by ‘ gh ‘ … Into … Final Illumination ‘ …

Typical of these moronic so called ‘ art critics ‘ … There’s absolutely no talent in front of them but they create this ‘ imaginary substance ‘ to some piece of garbage and state that one must possess ‘ culture ‘ to understand it … And others jump on board ‘ claiming ‘ they do … But they DON’T …

BECAUSE IT’S JUST GARBAGE !!! …

Picasso’s ‘ abstract ‘ period was a prime example !!! ...

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via You Call That Poetry?! by Ian Daly.

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