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The Anthology of Really Important Modern Poetry by Kathryn Petras
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Mar 27, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: poetry
Read in March, 2012

Since I develop the poetry and humor sections at our public library (800s, yo!) one of the other librarians passed this ARC along to me. This book is a really pretty fun collection of found poems made from celebrity quotes that unfortunately doesn't seem to understand that actual contemporary poetry often uses things like found celebrity quotes. I understand it's easier to market this as a humor book and take the angle "wouldn't it be hilarious if we pretended the DUMB things celebrities said were poetry?". It makes sense, though, I guess. We all know poetry books don't sell, and this will probably sell more copies than any of my favorite poetry books to come out in the past year. Even the funny ones. What this is is a big missed opportunity to make some fascinating, funny, good poetry. Every joke is explained and overexplained in the most obnoxious way possible, every celebrity bio is snarky and mean. The tone is "we are obviously so much smarter than these moron celebrities and you can tell because we are talking about poetry!!" And in terms of actually making some cool references for the poetry fan, there is not even a nod to anything poetry-related that one wouldn't pick up from a standard high school english class. A frustrating, dumb novelty book.
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Beach Sloth This is a great review.

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