Life in a Northern Virginia suburb of Washington, D.C. B.M.A.T.C., and Etruscan typewriter erasers. Blogged by David Gorsline.
Bernstein offers a contrarian view of National Poetry Month.
The only reason that poetry matters is that is has something different to
offer, something slower on the uptake, maybe, but more intense for all that,
and also something necessarily smaller in scale in terms of audience. Not
better than mass culture but a crucial alternative to it.
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As an alternative to National Poetry Month, I propose that we have an
International Anti-Poetry month. As part of the activities, all verse in
public places will be covered over—from the Statue of Liberty to the
friezes on many of our government buildings.... No vocal music will be
played on the radio or sung in the concert halls. Children will have to stop
playing all slapping and counting and singing games and stick to board games
Bernstein, writing in 1999/2001, tweaks the New York Times for not
reviewing poetry seriously; it seems to me that the paper has increased its
poetry coverage, at least on Sunday.
time on our current calendar.
Day lost to stronger trade winds
Astronomers modelling minuscule changes in the Earth's orbital wobble have
concluded that today should be 2 April, not 1 April, they announced this
week at the Royal Astrological Society meeting in Milton Keynes, UK.