Monday, June 29, 2020
Even with $253,000,000+ behind them, the Poetry Foundation, established in 2003, hasn't produced a single poem that you, I, or others have found memorable--certainly not one with any performance appeal. You can't buy readers, let alone listeners. How many times have you seen anyone quote from a poem in Poetry Magazine this century?
There is a Goth aspect to postmodernism. It isn't merely devoid of aesthetic merit, as one expects from anyone too lazy to study prosody. It is Convenient Poetics on steroids. Incapable of beauty, the purveyors of cryptocrap become imbued with a puritanical fervor against it.
It is as if envy became a virtue, failure a sacrament.