All posts tagged: David Orr

‘Banalities Translated from the Chinese’ by Kurt Schwitters

Banalities translated from the Chinese Flies have short lice. To hurry is wit in a flurry. Red raspberries are red. The end is the beginning of every end. The beginning is the end of every beginning. Banality becomes all respectable citizens. Bourgeoisie is the beginning of every bourgeois. Spice makes short jokes nice. All women hate mice. Every beginning has an end. The world is full of smart people. Smart is dumb. Not everything called expressionism is expressive art. Dumb is smart. Smart remains dumb. Banalitäten aus dem Chinesischen , by Kurt Schwitters . I was looking for poems based in the Dada era this lovely morning , wishing to publish my favourite one, Anna Blume but decided to add the above and a link to Anna Blume instead. Youtube : David Orr and the Relevance of Modern Poetry (PH)’ Advertisements

David Orr is entitled to question the relevance of modern poetry.

For me, ‘Relevance’ is a dirty word, it kills the creative impulse and grounds poetry is mechanism. I thought to add a link to the ongoing discussion about relevancy in modern poetry centred in a critique (Huff Post) of Beautiful and Pointless, a Guide to Modern Poetry. Dadaists and Surrealists would rightly cut up and rearrange a book that sought to ask that very question. The greatest injury to poetry occurs in the mind of the poetry editor whose narrow fear informs mechanistic and remedial poetry lists to the unchallenged buyer of books. We live in an era where challenging poetry frightens the would be avant-gardeist editor, which really is deeply ironic. The question of relevance in poetry is somewhat allied to a misunderstanding of the form and purpose of poetry, form is a moveable feast  (there are many poetic forms)  and poetry is generally purposeless but never irrelevant. Of course there is the issue of the poetry editor, who being strapped to questions of tradition and relevance, dismisses the breakers of form. For him, the …