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Bainting and Boetry [Jun. 10th, 2004|06:55 pm]
Tony Grist

'I hate bainting and boetry too! neither the one nor the other ever did any good!' George II 

I hate bainting. I went to an exhibition at the local art gallery a couple of days back and it was full of the stuff. Mainly landscape baintings- pretty pictures in the pastoral and sublime modes that went out of date with Constable and Turner.

And as for boetry- don't get me started!  I review it. People need to be told that putting the names of shiny things- like rainbows, crystals and the moon- in a piece of writing does not ipso facto make it poetic.

The mistake is to go after Beauty. Beauty is always stale. It repesents last year's consensus.  Go after Truth instead.


P.S.  O.K.  I know I'm misapplying the quote from George II.  I just find it so delicious. He wasn't complaining about bad art. He was complaining  about a  painting by Hogarth- a goodish painting- because he didn't like its politics.  


[User Picture]From: beentothemoon
2004-06-10 12:38 pm (UTC)
"The mistake is to go after Beauty. Beauty is always stale. It repesents last year's consensus. Go after Truth instead."

This is very good.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2004-06-10 03:05 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: balirus
2004-06-10 01:35 pm (UTC)
If truth is the new beauty, what place does love have in boetry?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2004-06-10 02:57 pm (UTC)
All good poems are love poems. If you're not in love with what you're writing about- a person, a landscape, an idea, whatever- you might as well forget it....
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[User Picture]From: four_thorns
2004-06-10 02:19 pm (UTC)
there was a girl in my workshop and all her poems involved: the moon, jazz music, Paris, and sex (in various combinations). i wanted to strangle her.

how does one get to be a reviewer of poetry?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2004-06-10 02:53 pm (UTC)
I answered a couple of adverts. One was put out by a small magazine and one by a website. The editors were asking for reviewers and I said, here I am.

Reviewing poetry brings in even less money than writing it. But you do get to keep the books.

The website (in case you want to check it out)is http://www.nhi.clara.net/online.htm
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From: archyena
2004-06-10 03:03 pm (UTC)
But we like shiny things... they call to us in the night and beg us to grab them and not let go no matter what happpens....
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2004-06-10 03:11 pm (UTC)
Nothing wrong with liking them. We likes them too, don't we, my precious....
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[User Picture]From: karenleigh
2004-06-17 11:29 am (UTC)
"Information is not knowledge,
Knowledge is not wisdom,
Wisdom is not truth,
Truth is not beauty,
Beauty is not love,
Love is not music
and Music is THE BEST"
~Frank Zappa

I don't know what that really has to do with anything, but there ya go.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2004-06-17 12:42 pm (UTC)
I guess Zappa would have said it had to do with EVERYTHING :-)
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