Saturday, April 18, 2009

"Poetries of the Stranger"

So apparently Boston College is holding an "international poetry festival" called "poetry of the stranger."

You might think that it's going to feature a lot of foreign, "stranger" poets right? Guess again.

It features James Tate, Fanny Howe, John Ashbery, Henri Cole (!!), Jorie Graham, Mark Strand (!!!), Adam Zagajewsky, Lucie Brock-Broido and Derek Walcott. So basically Establishment Central.

Has there ever been a more flagrant example of Zizek's "chocolate laxative" paradigm: foreigness without the foreign.

If you want a fancy festival of famous American poets, that's perfectly OK, just don't call it an international poetry festival. This makes me sick.


Blogger Johannes said...

I should add that yes I know that two of the poets are immigrants and all but really it's still mostly a bunch of Americans.

8:51 AM  
Blogger Providence said...

"Americans" are immigrants.

11:23 AM  
Blogger Brian Foley said...

Poetry of the very familiar septuagenarians.

1:14 PM  
Blogger Amish Trivedi said...

Yeah, that list is like the American Poetry Players or something. It would be something if they were *part* of the whole, but that's not the case, eh? Lame.

7:42 AM  

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