|Earl the Squirrel's Rule #95|
American past Poet Laureate Billy Collins engaged in similar self-deprecating banter with: "No matter what degree of pleasure you give an audience, there’s no pleasure greater than the pleasure you give them when you shut up!"
On another occasion he says, with no hint of self-consciousness or irony: "When I start a poem, I assume the indifference of readers."
On a third occasion he gives us this WTF moment: "It is like an eye chart, with its big E at the top, and the letters getting less legible as it moves along. A poem should be like that."
|Earl the Squirrel's Rule #67|
LOL! That would explain the lack of audiences!
The last of many punchlines is that fact than neither these people nor those reporting on them ever mentioned the words "perform" or "recite". Even in their own estimation, is nothing these poets write worth memorizing, such that we might present or quote it later?
Okay, maybe a person needs to be a Shakespearean actor or a slammer to appreciate this final joke.
Episode 1 - Poets Say the Funniest Things
Episode 2 - Poets Say the Funniest Things
Episode 3 - Poets Say the Funniest Things