i hate this book already so, phew, i don't have to read it! poetry and psychomedication should never mix except:
1) when the poet takes psychomedicatioi hate this book already so, phew, i don't have to read it! poetry and psychomedication should never mix except:
1) when the poet takes psychomedication in the privacy of her home or the publicity of the coffee shop, the library, the psychiatric ward, etc., in private ingestive acts having all to do with her personal needs and nothing to do with the words that issue from her fingers (words exist independently of the poet's personal needs, however profound such needs might feel to the poet, and connected to the creative act she engages in)
2) when psychomedication appears in the poet's own ironic and winkingly, mockingly self-deprecatory bio on the back cover of her book (but not, or hardly ever, at the bottom of her magazine-or-journal-published poem, where it would most likely fail to be recognized as mocking and ironic and be read as serious)
3) when psychomedication appears in the poet's poetry, where words beat to the heartbeat of their own drum and drum a tune on the kitchen table but do not, ever, act as apologetic advertisements for pharmaceutical companies, enticements to the ministration of a (probably well-remunerated) psychiatrist, or circumstantial evidential support of dubious "scientific" theories.
these are the only cases when poetry and psychomedication can mix. all other cases are dubious and spurious and silly and should be obstructed with the sternest determination. the end....more