Thursday, February 26, 2009

What the hell is the point?

So here in my hometown university's erag,
we get some poems that are anagrams of their source text.

Sure, it's cute. I'm sure it's difficult.

But really. What the hell? Why is this front-paged on Silliman?

Who is going to love poetry because someone who couldn't even come up with their own letters (let alone words) jumbled together some text and made "poetry"?

When will we break free from silly academic exercises and write?

If this is the global result of the ubiquity of the MFA we need to shutter all workshops today.

I'll say it again --

workshop exercises are not poems.

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