Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Function and Worthiness of Humour in Contemporary Poetry

A long, fascinating dialogue between ten poets (I'm being charitable to George Bowering, here, with this label -- the other nine are intelligent, making subtle distinctions, whereas Bowering simply embarasses himself) on the uses and abuses of humour in modern poetry, and on the prevailing suspicion that humour is "beneath" tragedy or "high" art, if not altogether unworthy.

My favourite perspicacity, from the probing Gabriel Gudding: "Levitas is married to gravitas or it's crapitas."

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