Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Is Poetry For Chicks?

Peep peep:

"What really inspired me to write this review, however, is a desire, prompted by Oneiromance, to take a public stand for poetry. How many of you have heard it said on campus, in my experience most often by men, that poetry is worthless or, worse, that reading and writing it is a 'chick' activity?"

--Gregory Pratt, Chicago Flame

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Around here we have a governor who likes to smooth over his rep by quoting Tennyson and Kipling. So is poetry just for chicks and nutjobs? Switchback says no way, then trails off into a slight murmur: "....what's wrong with chicks and nutjobs?...."

4 comments:

Bloody Ice Cream said...

Does quoting poetry make Blagojevich crazy or does being crazy make Blagojevich quote poetry?

becca said...

Either way, he's "fucking golden." And/or fucked.

HK said...

i've heard that too, but the people majoring in poetry at columbia seemed to be at least half and half if not male dominated...altho i think the majority (men and women)were genderqueer (not necessarily sexually queer, you understand)... anyway, i think we can all agree that love it or hate it, male or female, straight or otherwise, poetry is pretty damm queer...

becca said...

You said it, HK.