Saturday, March 19, 2011

burning out on high modernist poetry


"Any pink shows that and very likely it is reasonable. Very likely there should not be a finer fancy present. Some increase means a calamity and this is the best preparation for three and more being together. A little calm is so ordinary and in any case there is sweetness and some of that. A seal and matches and a swan and ivy and a suit."

call me prude and staunch in my poetic preferences, but, Gertrude Stein, you are off your rocker! yes, perhaps that is your point and yes, trying to imitate cubism in your forms is linguistically admirable, but there is something pretentious in trying to construct poetry meant to be obtuse and devoid of approachability. I can swallow Hemingway, T.S. Eliot, Amy Lowell, and even Ezra Pound, but you, Gertie, do not go down easy - especially late at night.

the wall is red.
elephant.
chocolate cookie in my sock.

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