Sunday, April 17, 2005

Who has the worst poetry voice?

Answer: Brenda Hillman. While the breathy, generic poetry voice of poets like Joy Harjo and Sharon Olds really sucks, you haven't heard a truly annoying reader until you've heard Brenda Hillman. It's bad enough that she's a second-rate, bourgeois "experimental" poet sucking on the desiccated teat of Language Poetry. Yes, that is bad enough. But Hillman reads poetry as if auditioning for a Chipmunk’s revival band. Does this woman suck down a helium balloon before reading, or is her voice really that nasal? Is this a cultivated thing? Some misguided effort to distinguish herself from other poets who read in a voice that sounds, well, human? A Brenda Hillman reading is worth attending for a few minutes just to hear how stupendously awful her reading voice is. But be sure to sit in the back row, as close to the exit as possible.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Robert Hass said...

Fuck you poetry snark! I think Hillman's voice is sexxxy.

3:50 PM, April 17, 2005  
Blogger Shy Ritz said...

wow you mean...hehe but funny.

4:21 PM, April 17, 2005  
Anonymous Miss Magnesium said...

Anne Carson's voice: dried bleach on the brain.

4:21 PM, May 01, 2005  
Blogger Maine Poetry said...

Just came upon Snark. Congratulations for bursting the bubble! I am afraid that we need you Snark - we poets think too damn much of ourselves. Keep on truckin' -

3:48 AM, September 21, 2005  

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