16 sept. 2003

Round 18

Yusef: "The Vagrant Hours" by Charles Fort

Bob: "O Patriarchy" by Elaine Equi

Fort's poem, while perhaps quietudinous and academic, is smooth and competent. (I wish he hadn't written "verse libre" instead of the correct "vers libre.") I don't really "get" Equi's poem. I understand what the point is, but I don't understand the aesthetic impulse behind a poem like this.

but if a woman
is offended,
she finds no one there
to blame.

Maybe I'm not familiar enough with her work. Creeley would have written: "but if a woman / be offended." Skanky Possum again.

Yusef scores!

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