Thursday, June 24, 2010

Quote of the week

Much to like in this interview by Jacob Mooney with a new poet, Jeff Latosik. The word "again" in the title as in "I want to make things difficult again," makes me think this young poet isn't reading poetry...or is engaging in that hot-new-boy-poet move of setting up all the straw men his book will purportedly knock over. Not a practice I understand, or admire. But still, a good interview and the poems have real energy. That I do admire. Here's a snippet for you:
Poems are not Swiffers or Gatorade or Harlequin Romances because they are not emptied. So buying a poetry collection means participating in a wider sense of value.
Yes it is. Well said.

8 comments:

Mooney said...

Kind of a wild hail mary of an assumption there, Hound. To go from the above quote to saying that Latosik and other young male poets don't read poetry? Ouch, speaking of staw men...

Lemon Hound said...

Pleasure making wild assumptions with you, Mr. Mooney.

Mooney said...

For sure. I understand your need to keep your bloglife free of crows.

Paul Vermeersch said...

Wow, Sina, you manage a snarky, back-handed compliment, a snakry generalized stab a male poets, and statement of utter ignorance about the reading habits of someone you hardly know. Nice work. I expect better from you.

Lemon Hound said...

Hey Paul,
Not sure why you two are so upset. There's no back handed compliment here. Very much like the snippet I offered up, and as I said, thought there was much to like in the interview. The poet interests me.

The tendency toward introducing new poets as poets who are going to change the world, or the best thing since slice bread, or knock out all the complacent poets, or what have you, is simply not a tone or a perspective I find interesting in a discussion of poetry.

I've noticed a tendency toward it in the way new young male poets are being introduced of late.

Maybe women too, I just have noticed that.

Lemon Hound said...

Specifically by the way, my point was just that many poets are making it new again...

The quote suggested, as is the refrain in a lot of pieces I read lately, that this poet is making it new or better, etc.

Is that a press thing, or a reviewer thing, or a general tick of how we talk about poetry? Not sure. It tends to put me off though...no matter what corner of the literary world its coming from.

But you know, I have a sensitive nose.

Mooney said...

I think you might have misread him, Sina. Jeff was talking about using corroded linguistic material as a source, and the attempt to renew that source by filling it in with new considerations. I imagine his response sees poetry as a tool for making things (constructively) more difficult. As one of the more voracious readers I've met, I think he already has ample respect for the difficulty of writing (and reading) from a wide variety of poetries.

Mooney said...

"The tendency toward introducing new poets as poets who are going to change the world, or the best thing since slice bread, or knock out all the complacent poets, or what have you, is simply not a tone or a perspective I find interesting in a discussion of poetry. "

But where on earth is this happening in this interview. I agree that it's bad. I also think global warming's bad, but I don't think it's caused by what Jeff said in the interview.

Seriously, Sina. At least my straw men aren't invisible...