I remember W S Burroughs quoting someone who said: "Writing is, of course, 50 years behind painting." Or was it 30 years. Or does it matter. Cant remember who said what. Seems true enough though. Recent fuss about what happened at White House Poetry Reading recently...K G read from the Wall Street Journal did he? Humm.......not new that. If so called conceptual poetry has everyone including renowned Stanford critics declaring the latest stuff conceptual all that...humph. NOT. Come on now. NO not begrudging K G or anyone else there time in the spotlight or best sellers list...but jesus call me jaded. Or maybe call anyone jaded who has been around long enough to know that Will Rogers read the paper in public and Lenny Bruce used to read his trial transcripts on stage too...both had audience rolling in the aisle. And maybe I can say that like me, anyone who was charmed enough to swallow some Oswley acid in the 60's has known for some time know how funny anything and everything was...remember that time mid trip someone picked up a phone book and started reading outloud and next thing you know everyone is on the floor laughing. Or goddess forbid someone turned on the TV...holy fuck! Blah blah blah. Conceptual for a good friend was, while peaking on sunshine finding a plastic dog toy shaped and colored exactly like a pork chop. Whew....that was conceptual. Oh well. That was then and now is now. If bad is good than flarf is old. Ditto concept. Ditto someone trying to make poetry out of there own genes. P.S. Someone else is trying to clone W S B from a turd a Lawrence plumber swiped from his overflowing crapper one day many years ago. The'artist' even got a grant from some outfit in Kansas City. Good for him. Stay tuned and keep reading The Weekly World News for updates.
Again...I enjoy a good joke as well as next guy...and if you can keep it up...do so. Why not. I am certainly not in a race with anyone. For better or worse trying to keep up just wears me out. Just sayin.