Thursday, July 14, 2005

Title Snark: Mark Levine Responds

You produce quality snark so that I don’t have to. From the comments section of our “title snark” post. Enjoy!

How about ENOLA GAY?

It has a sort of lyrical fingering underscoring its tragic occasion.

I wanted to get across the inherent minty pellet of the apocalypse and I think I really scored. You should read this book, I broke a lot of ground, and, not to be to, well, full of myself-- but fucking EVERYONE started ripping me and MY post-nuclear holocaust poem-flavorings off.

I mean ENOLA GAY was someone's mom And ALOT of my poems are mommy poems-- dear mommy-wommy tommy ate a tomato wire and tried and tried to sing with his mouth but his mouth wouldn't open and his shirt was sewn around his army-warmies and then for the seventh night I tried to fuck a mommy-smelling girl who luvy-wuvied me-we.

My next book will be great.

It's called: THE WILDS.

Because I go wild with my poems.

Just like the title says.

Mark Levine


Blogger Adam Hardin said...

Jorie Graham in 1993 selected Mark Levine's Debt for a Prize while they were colleagues at Iowa, and according to many people, they were more than colleagues.

12:41 PM, July 14, 2005  
Blogger Snark said...

Yo, Adam, methinks you've got the wrong website here. This is Poetry Snark, not Foetry, and everybody knows the story about Jorie and Mark. Ancient history, dude.

2:16 PM, July 14, 2005  
Anonymous barbarosa said...

I don't know the story. But I don't really want to hear it right now. Nor do I particularly want to hear someone who thinks "edgy" means fake baby talk and pencil-neck braggadocio. Why bother? Is it some kind of fetish thing? Oh well, on to the next blog.

2:29 PM, July 14, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"edgy"? WTF?

3:15 PM, July 14, 2005  
Anonymous william safire said...

how is it "fake" baby-talk? babies don't talk, remember? we adults use this baby-talk proxy-- luvy-duvy, etc--and this sort of thing is commonly understood as "baby-talk".

is this faky-waky? or realy-wealy baby talk? seems pretty real to me, barbarosa.

WTF indeed. WTF indeed. you fake acronym you, WTF. Oh, wait...

oh well, on to the next blog.

7:25 PM, July 14, 2005  
Anonymous barbarosa said...

yes, "edgy," as in grad school provocative, as in a marketing term for a marketing move. I think "fake" is right too:
"adult" baby talk--adults talking to babies--is intentionally artificial and overblown but not, by definition, fake; people talking to babies mean one thing, people talking baby talk to adults is another. The latter is a stylistic effect, and when it is used poorly (and it's hard to use well), it seems "fake," the strings are too obvious on the marionette.

I enjoyed "Enola Gay," by the way. The OMD song as well.


8:01 PM, July 14, 2005  
Blogger Snark said...

So Barbarella, help me out here--I don't understand what you're trying to say. Is it that you don't think this site is "edgy" enough? Or are you talking about "Mark Levine"? I'm confused. And if you are talking about this site, could you please point out to me where I or anyone else at this site claimed that we were "edgy?" Also, what exactly do you think we are "marketing" with this "marketing move?" You think I am trying to sell you something? Why are you posting in our comments section, anyway?

12:50 AM, July 15, 2005  
Blogger Jorie said...


Could you tell me a little more about your Mommy fixations?

7:25 AM, July 15, 2005  
Anonymous Barbarosa said...

Yes, I am talking about Levine. That's why the comments are in the Levine post, and refer directly to the content of said post. Geez, for "snarkers" you all sure are sensitive. Better get some skin thickening cream. I will refrain from offending your sensibilities again, my apologies.

7:40 AM, July 15, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Announcing Three New Opportunities for Poets:

The 2006 Fuck Jorie Graham and Win a Poetry Contest.

The 2007 Fuck Peter Sacks and Win a Harvard Professorship.

The 2008 Use a Giant Dildo on Helen Vendler and Win a Place in the Norton's Anthology.

11:27 AM, July 15, 2005  
Blogger Adam Hardin said...

Is it not true that if you are someone's friend you can find at least one reason why their poetry is good, and if you do not like someone, you can find a thousand reasons why their poetry is bad?

11:35 AM, July 15, 2005  
Blogger Snark said...

B., it was genuine confusion. We're not offended. Anyone is welcome to snark here anytime (even you, Adam; and btw, what you say in your last comment is mostly true, though I myself can usually find "a thousand reasons" why anyone's poetry is bad, friend or foe).

12:01 PM, July 15, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

barbarosa, you are retardarosa.
"the strings are too obvious on the marionette" wtf!?

2:13 PM, July 15, 2005  
Anonymous barbarosa said...

right, "retardarosa" is much better. You have humbled me.

6:09 PM, July 15, 2005  

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