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.


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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