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CHAT: idiot poets (wasRe: CHAT:"the future," sci-fi, Quecha (Le Guin)

From:J Y S Czhang <czhang23@...>
Date:Wednesday, July 3, 2002, 5:49
In a message dated 07/02/2002 07.42.20 PM, Christopher Wright
(faceloran@JUNO.COM) writes:

>Perhaps it happened with all those poets likening time to an arrow. >They're all bloody idiots (or clean idiots, or dirty but not bloody >idiots. The point is, they are, or were, idiots).
Which idiot poets, Christopher? Sounds like you are referring mainly to a certain European/European-influenced strain of poet commonly called Romantic. I doubt you will find time compared or linked to arrows in Japanese haiku ferinstance... BTW a very good antidote to what "commonly" passes for poetry (the neo-Romantic Hallmark greeting card kind that I do believe Christopher is partly referring to): _Verse & Universe: Poems About Science and Mathematics_ edited by Kurt Brown, Milkweed Editions, 1998, ISBN 1-57131-407-5 And ya peeps will nary find such phrases like "time's arrow" - except, mayhaps, as scathing sarcasm or sardonic satire... Hanuman Zhang "the sloth is a chinese poet upsidedown" --- jack kerouac {1922-69} -------------------------------------------------- "There is no reason for the poet to be limited to words, and in fact the poet is most poetic when inventing languages. Hence the concept of the poet as 'language designer'." - O. B. Hardison, Jr. "La poésie date d' aujour d'hui." (Poetry dates from today) "La poésie est en jeu." (Poetry is in play) - Blaise Cendrars "To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism, to steal ideas from many is research." -Anonymous