Sarah Avery (dr_pretentious) wrote,
Sarah Avery

I can't believe I'm skipping the biggest poetry festival in North America to go to my high school reunion, of all things. It'll be the first time in a decade that I'll miss the Dodge Poetry Festival. There's nobody I haven't already heard on the program this year, and some of the headliners tend to read the same handful of favorite pieces year after year, so it's not as big a bummer as it might be. I'm tramping out a vintage of sour grapes about it: Billy Collins's poem "The Lanyard" is delightful, but he'll probably still be reading it with the identical intonation when the festival runs in 2010.

I'd have liked to hear Joy Harjo again, though.

An old friend from my college literary magazine sends me this consoling headline from the Onion: National Endowment For The Arts Funds Construction Of $1.3 Billion Poem. Now there's a pork barrel project I could get behind.
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